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Article: Volume 15 Number 2 Page 75 - April 2022

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  Orthodontic Update 58: 75-79

Orthodontics:  How COVID-19 has changed our Practice: Adapting to the New Normal

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Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in all aspects of dentistry, from administration adjustments to vast alterations in training and clinical practice. This article highlights the impact the pandemic has had on paediatric dentistry and orthodontics, and to discuss the changes that have been implemented as a result. It is likely that some of these changes will be permanent and recognizing how to adapt our practice will allow us to continue to provide the best possible care to our patients.

Clinical relevance: It is in both the patients’ and the clinicians’ best interests to be fully informed of the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and how to adapt in order to continue to give the best possible care for our patients.

Author notes: Naomi Prado, BSc(Hons), BDS, MFDS RCS (Glasg), MOrth RCS (Eng), Msc Clin Orthod, Post-CCST in Orthodontics, University Dental Hospital Manchester. Carly Dixon, BDS, MFDS RCS (Glasg), MRes Dental Public Health, Clinical Lecturer and Hon ST3 in Paediatric Dentistry, University Dental Hospital of Manchester. Siobhan Barry, BDS NUI (Cork), MFDS RCS Dub, M Paed Dent Glasgow, DClin Dent (Leeds), FDS (Paed Dent), RCPS (Glasg), Professor and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, University Dental Hospital of Manchester. Ovais Malik, BDS, MSc, MFDS RCS (Ed), MOrth RCS (Eng), MOrth RCS (Ed), FDS (Orth) RCS (Eng), Consultant Orthodontist, University Dental Hospital of Manchester. Email: naomi.prado@mft.nhs.uk

Objective: The reader should understand the impact of COVID-19 on orthodontic and paediatric dentistry services, evaluate how these changes impact our patients and understand how to adapt practice in order to deliver optimum care.

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