The British Orthodontic Society reported: Stevenage-based orthodontist, Dr Jonathan Alexander-Abt and his team are celebrating after being recognised by the national British Orthodontic Society’s ‘Against the Odds’ competition for his work in transforming the smile of one of his patients.
Nominations are made by orthodontic patients whose treatment has had a profoundly positive impact on their confidence and general quality of life. Jonathan’s patient Daniel Smith, 15, suffers from Autism and ADHD and, prior to treatment, had always had trouble with eating and cleaning his teeth. He nominated Jonathan and his team at Inline Orthodontics to thank them for their unwavering support and encouragement throughout his two-year treatment.
Explaining his treatment, Daniel’s mother Sarah said: “Daniel is Autistic and it can be difficult to introduce anything new to him, especially something like braces – but it was made easier by the patience and understanding of the staff.”
“When Daniel’s braces were fitted everyone at the practice provided reassurance and gave him a lot of encouragement to continue with his treatment. He now smiles much more confidently and is like a different person. It is great to see.”
Jonathan added: “To be able to really make a difference to someone’s quality of life is one of the great privileges of our profession. My philosophy has always been that we are treating people, not teeth, and my team and I always strive to understand the needs of our patients. I am very grateful to Daniel for taking the time to enter the awards and share his experiences.”
Daniel received a brand new Oral B Electric Toothbrush, to help keep his new smile as healthy as possible. Dr Alexander-Abt was recognised at the British Orthodontic Society’s annual conference which took place in Manchester in September.
The Stevenage Advertiser hailed ‘Daniel’s smile as the real prize for award-winning orthodontist’. (25 September 2013)
Click here to see how Daniel and Jonathan are featured on the British Orthodontic Society’s Facebook page!