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Orthodontics:  Orthodontics at Times of National Emergency: Past and Current Crises Part 1: Past Crises and Lessons Learnt

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Abstract: This paper explores past natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina (USA), the Great East Japan and Christchurch (New Zealand) Earthquakes as well as the HIV and SARS pandemics and the impact they had on providing orthodontic services at the time of the crisis. It also addresses the lessons learnt during the process of recovery and the long-term changes made as a result to the provision of care.

Clinical relevance: To provide a review of how orthodontics as a specialty survived past crises and to use the lessons learnt to navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Author notes: Tara V N Lee, BDS, DDS, MOrth RCSEd, Senior Registrar in Orthodontics, University of Bristol Dental Hospital and Royal United Hospitals, Bath, Peter V Fowler, BDS, MSc, PhD, MOrth RCS, FRACDS(Orth), Honorary Consultant Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Julie C Williams, BDS, DDS, MOrth RCSEd, FDS RCS, Training Programme Director for the DDS/MOrth Programme and Consultant Orthodontist, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Pamela Ellis, BDS, MSc, MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Consultant Orthodontist, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, Nikki E Atack, BDS, MSc, MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Consultant Orthodontist, University of Bristol Dental Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton and Anthony J Ireland, BDS, MSc, PhD(Lond), MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Professor and Honorary Consultant Orthodontist at University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol and Consultant Orthodontist, Royal United Hospitals, Bath, UK.

Objective: To review past crises that have affected orthodontics and see what lessons have been learnt to help in dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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