Award-winning orthodontist Megan Hatfield is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the launch of her business Wetherby Orthodontics this month.
She qualified as a dentist at Leeds University and worked in hospitals for several years carrying out oral surgery and orthodontics and teaching students.
Growing number of adult patients
Megan has seen the number of adults seeking brace treatment steadily rise over the past decade and she now treats a growing number of patients over the age of 40.
Often they’re from a lost generation that never had access to orthodontic care as children, unlike today’s youngsters who are encouraged to have the treatment while they’re still at school.
There’s a perception that braces are something teenagers wear so when older patients come in wanting to correct irregularities in the alignment of their teeth they’re reluctant to have traditional braces but thankfully, with the development of lingual braces – which are fitted to the backs of the teeth rather than the front – treatment can be very discreet.
One of the things Megan loves most about her job is the reaction she gets from patients when they complete their treatment.
Adults in particular are very reluctant to take the first step and it’s incredibly satisfying to see the impact treatment can make on their self-confidence.
Some people seek treatment direct and others are referred by a dentist for an assessment. The assessment will involve taking x-rays and dental photographs before planning treatment and agreeing a plan with patient, or parent in the case of a child.
As a specialist it’s important to liaise with the local general dentists, and sometimes we have to work quite closely on co-ordinating care for a patient, so it’s important to have good working relationships.
Megan says some of the highlights of her career have been winning the JK Williams gold medal from the Royal College of Surgeons, being named aesthetic dentist of the year in 2014 and winning the orthodontic categories for treated cases at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards.
Smile Month Offers
The 10th anniversary of Wetherby Orthodontics falls during National Smile Month, an annual event that celebrates beautiful smiles and raises awareness of oral health. Wetherby Orthodontics is running a special anniversary offer for adults and children to celebrate the event.
Special offer for children aged 16 and under during half term
Free thirty minute consultation with specialist orthodontist Megan Hatfield. Includes initial examination and advice on potential treatment and costs, including grading of severity of problem (IOTN) and advice for children with a mixture of adult and milk teeth. Full assessment including x-rays half price (normally £96) within 4 weeks, 10% off course of treatment if started within three months of first visit.
Limited appointments available 31st May and 1st June, booking essential.
Special offer for adults in June
Free thirty minute consultation with specialist orthodontist Megan Hatfield. Includes initial examination and advice on potential treatment and costs. Full assessment including x-rays half price (normally £172) within 4 weeks, 10% off course of treatment if started within three months of first visit.
Limited appointments available 13th-15th June only, booking essential.
To find out more contact Megan on 01937 580510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wetherby Orthodontics, 16 Deighton Road, Wetherby LS22 7TE