The UK’s first training course for orthodontic therapists has begun at the Leeds Dental Institute.
The students will complete a 45-week course which will lead to a Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy from the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
The course is said to be the first hands-on dental course where the bulk of the training takes place outside of a hospital setting. All of the students already have a certificate in orthodontic nursing and their trainer is a registered specialist.
Once they have completed the course, the qualified therapists will then be able to carry out much of the work traditionally done by orthodontists, including taking impressions, fitting orthodontic bands and placing and removing brackets and wires.
Dental Protection Ltd has provided indemnity cover for all those involved in the course.
At the official opening of the course, registrar of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, John Vandridge-Ames, told the students: ‘Courses like this do not happen easily. You are charter members of a new and exciting profession.’