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Orthodontics is the Dental specialty concerned with the growth of  face , jaws and teeth and the practice of preventing and correcting irregularities of them . 

Currently, there are about 24 Orthodontists practicing in Sri Lanka. Of them, the majority are serving in the Government Hospitals, whilst some  are attached to the University of Peradeniya Faculty of Dental Sciences ,  and health services in Armed Forces. A few of them provide services in the private sector. 

Dental Institutes, Colombo and  Maharagama, Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Sirimavo Bandaranayake Children Hospital, Peradeniya, Teaching Hospitals, Colombo South, Colombo North and Kandy and Karapitiya, Provincial General Hospitals, Anuradapura, Badulla,  Ratnapura and Kurunegala, District General Hospitals, Kalutara, Chilaw, Negombo are among the government hospitals that provide Orthodontic care services. 

How do the orthodontists manage their patients ?

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with a range of treatment modalities using removable appliances  plates,fixed appliances or  Orthopaedic appliances. (orthodontic plates / Braces /Face mask / Head gear etc) In addition, patients with severe malocclusions , dentofacial deformities and craniofacial deformities are managed utilizing complex multidisciplinary approach combined with orthognathic  surgery

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Why the patients come to get orthodontic treatment?

To improve the aesthetic or functional irregularities of teeth ,face or jaws for their physical, social and psychological wellbeing. 

Common orthodontic problems of teeth

  • Protrusion of teeth
  • Retrusion of teeth
  • Irregularities in alignment
  • Crowding
  • Spacing 
  • open bite
  • Deep bite
  • Crossbites
  • Missing teeth
  • Additional teeth
  • Impactions
  • Rotations
Benefits and Risks    

Before embarking on treatment , patients be made aware of the benefits as well as the risks associated with the treatment.
Poor orthodontic treatment can lead to;

  • Non vital,  discoloured teeth
  • Improper bite
  • Periodntal  disease
  • Pain in jaw joints
  • Unsatisfactory smile aesthetics and facial appearance

It is important to get the orthodontic treatment  from  a qualified orthodontist to achieve satisfactory results without any compromising aspect.

How to become an orthodontist   ? 

An orthodontist is a dental surgeon  who has completed a Masters Degree (4 year full time course and I year foreign training in an institute recognized by the Post graduate institute of Medicine ) in Orthodontics and Board Certified as a Consultant Orthodontist.
Sri Lanka Orthodontic Society (SLOS)  has membership of the Doctors who have been Board Certified as Orthodontists. SLOS is a linked member of the World Federation of Orthodontics (WFO) and Asia Pacific Orthodontic Society (APOS) and globally recognized.