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Orthodontics:  Orthodontics at Times of National Emergency: Past and Current Crises Part 2. COVID-19: Implications for Clinical Practice

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Abstract: This paper explores the disease COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This disease has caused a global pandemic affecting the way society both works and lives. COVID-19 is spread through droplets from the mouth and nose, which has implications for how we practice orthodontics. Our clinical practice will therefore need to be adapted to keep both patients and staff safe. This paper addresses the adaptations that should be considered. We also address what the future of orthodontics may look like in light of the issues with cross infection that COVID-19 has raised.

Clinical relevance: How to adapt our clinical practice to keep both staff and patients safe.

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 address the adaptations required in clinical practice raised by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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