Orthodontics for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists outlines orthodontic theory and explains clinical techniques, without assuming prior knowledge
As an oral health therapist, I am grateful to have this opportunity to help oral health and dental hygiene students to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of orthodontic theories and gain elementary clinical guidance. My aim is to provide a textbook that breaks down the orthodontic mechanics and delivers explanations of the basic orthodontic theories in a simple approach. Orthodontics for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists is intended for all undergraduate dental hygiene, dental therapy and oral health students.
Among various countries the role and scope of practice of oral health therapists, dental hygienists and dental therapists greatly varies. Nevertheless, it is best to have validations on scopes of practice with the dental associations within each state or country to confirm the clinical limitations prior to any clinical practice.
To become valuable team members in an orthodontic practice, it is crucial to understand the orthodontic mechanics and fundamentals regardless of the clinical limitations. This allows therapists to communicate better with patients and other colleagues. Hence, it is important that all oral health therapists, dental hygienists and dental therapists have the essential theoretical knowledge of the field to be able to understand the clinical outcomes and treatments carried out by orthodontists.