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Article: Volume 15 Number 3 Page 132 - July 2022

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  Orthodontic Update 59: 132-135

Orthodontics:  Neurodiversity and Orthodontic Treatment

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Abstract: ‘Neurodiversity’ is a term used to describe people with neurological variation; this includes people with autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Studies have shown an increased prevalence of malocclusion and dental trauma in people with these conditions. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding around such neurological differences can create barriers when accessing orthodontic care. The aim of this article is to raise awareness around the subject and to suggest reasonable adjustments to practice which may subsequently be used by the orthodontic team to improve the patient experience.

Clinical relevance: Recognition of neurodiversity and the need to make reasonable adjustments to orthodontic care may aid compliance and improve outcomes in this group of patients.

Author notes: Maria Dillon, BDS, MDSc, MOrth RCSEd, Post-CCST in Orthodontics, Halton Hospital, Runcorn/Royal Liverpool University Dental Hospital. Edwina D’Souza, BDS, PG Cert Con Sed(Dist), Senior Dental Officer, Harrogate Foundation Trust, Harrogate. Ian Edwards, BDS, MPhil, MOrth RCSEd, FDS (Orth), Consultant Orthodontist, Warrington and Halton Hospitals, Warrington. email: maria.dillon42@gmail.com

Objective: The reader should gain an understanding of neurodiversity and the need to make reasonable adjustments to orthodontic care to aid compliance and improve outcomes for this group of patients.

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