An orthodontic therapist is a registered member of the dental team. They assist dentists/orthodontists in carrying out orthodontic treatment and provide some aspects of the treatment themselves. The course is provided by King’s Health Partners, and delivered by the staff of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH), Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), and King’s College London (KCL). What is the structure of the course? Students will attend KHP for a 4-week (full-time) intensive core teaching program. Students will be assessed at the end of the first 4 weeks to ensure they are competent and safe to continue their clinical skills as a trainee orthodontic therapist in their workplace. Students will then work in their workplace (full-time) for the remainder of the course under the supervision of an orthodontist.
What made me join the Dental Industry: I fell into dentistry but I’m so glad I did, the career paths are endless. 23 years later and I still love orthodontics, interacting with patients, answering their questions, and giving them back their confidence.
Favourite part of working in dentistry: With the variety of work we do, no two days are ever the same. But my favourite part of working as a trainee orthodontic therapist is being able to give someone back their smile.
One thing to tell every patient: If you follow our advice, braces can transform your smile for life!