Enquiries: 01305 251150


Updated 4 May 2021

We would like to reassure you that the department remains open for appointments. Please know that we have taken every precaution to keep you safe. Your safety is our priority. If you need help or advice please do not hesitate to contact our reception on 01305 255174.

Information regarding orthodontic appointments during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including frequently asked questions is available here. More information from NHS England is available here. More information is available below.

Advice for patients attending orthodontic outpatient appointments is available here.

You can read a letter from the department about what to expect at your appointment here.

The orthodontic medical questionnaire is available here

The orthodontic COVID-19 screening questionnaire is available here

Further information regarding Attend Anywhere is available here

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment involves the use of fixed, functional and removable braces to align the teeth and/or jaw. This may also include the extraction of teeth or jaw surgery.  If surgery is involved we work closely with the Maxillofacial Team in Poole Hospital.

Do you fit the criteria?

We will be able to treat you if you have a more complex orthodontic problem such as missing teeth (hypodontia), extra teeth (supernumerary), eruption problems (teeth stuck in the gum), teeth which stick out by over 9mm, or you have a more serious congenital problem such as cleft lip and palate.  ​

We also will treat patients with medical issues or autism and/or learning disabilities.

Initially your dentist will assess your concerns and refer you to the appropriate centre for your care.

What will happen at my first appointment?

You will be asked to complete a medical history form when you arrive.

One of our consultants​ - Mr Bellis, Mrs Ellis or Mrs Bradley (or a member of their team) - will then look at your teeth (a bit like having a check-up at the dentist).

You will probably be asked to visit the x-ray department for an x-ray.

You will then see the orthodontist again to discuss the problems with your teeth and the options to solve them.

This will take some time so allow approximately two hours for your appointment.

What is expected from you

Your be asked to attend an appointment for records this is where we will take moulds and photographs of your teeth to plan your care. You will then need to attend regular appointments to have your braces checked, altered and adjusted. You will need to continue visiting your dentist and you will need to maintain good dental health and oral hygiene levels throughout treatment. You may need to attend appointments with our hygienist or oral health educator for advice on diet and brushing of your teeth.

If your dental health is not up to standard you will not be treated.

Contact details

Orthodontic Department
Dorset County Hospital
Williams Avenue

Reception: 01305 255174

Secretaries: 01305 2555175/5120

You can also follow the department on Instagram at Keep Dorset Smiling to keep up to date with patient information, tips and videos.

​Opening times
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm

Patient information leaflets are available here.

Information for dentists is available here.

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