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Article: Volume 15 Number 3 Page 137 - July 2022

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  Orthodontic Update 59: 137-141

Orthodontics:  Eating Disorders and Orthodontics

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Abstract: In modern-day practice, there is an expanding population of patients with suspected or confirmed eating disorders. Increased awareness of the presenting features and manifestations of eating disorders is required for recognition of this situation and appropriate management. This article provides an overview of features of common eating disorders that may present in practice. It will draw attention to potential difficulties when orthodontic treatment is required and will make recommendations on how to judiciously manage potential problems.

Clinical relevance: This article outlines issues of importance for the orthodontic team when encountering patients with known or suspected eating disorders and provides guidance in the appropriate management.

Author notes: Amardeep Singh Dhadwal, BDS, LLM, MFDS RCPS (Glasg), Specialty Registrar in Orthodontics, Royal London Hospital. Ben Marnell, BSc, BDS, PgCert Rest, Associate Dentist, Birmingham, UK. Anjli Patel, BDS, MFDS RCS(Edin), MSc Orthodontics, MOrth RCS(Edin), FDS Orth RCS (Edin), University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust. email:

Objective: The reader should recognize the features and oral manifestations of common eating disorders and understand appropriate management and the potential impacts of these conditions on orthodontic care.

Christie & Co_Aug22