Orthodontic therapists (OTs) came onto the scene in 2008 when the first cohort completed their training at Leeds Dental Institute. There are now 364 OTs compared to roughly 1350 orthodontists, a ratio of 1 to 4. OTs can carry out many aspects of the patientâ€™s orthodontic treatment, excluding, of course, diagnosis and bond-up.
Meanwhile, there are nearly 40,000 dentists registered to work in the UK compared to nearly 6,500 hygienists, meaning that for every hygienist there are six dentists.
I wonder whether the 6-1 outnumbering of hygienists by dentists will continue for much longer?