Working as a general dentist can come with numerous key challenges, and if you’re newly qualified, things tend to be even trickier. With this thought in mind, it could be worth looking at some of the most common red light cases you should avoid – in other words, the highly specialized cases that require expert orthodontic support. Fortunately, we have outlined the most common tricky cases you should know that are likely to present an issue for your own ortho work.

Red Light Cases You Should be Avoiding

There are several critical red light cases that you should avoid when it comes to your work as a newly qualified orthodontist or general dentist. These include the following issues:

  • Negative overjet up to 2mm, class three
  • Non-buccal impacted canines (buccal cases may be fine if you have experience)
  • Full step Class 2 cases (especially among adults – this may be a little easier in children)
  • Open bite of up to 4mm (all open bite cases should have a sign-off from OMT first anyway)
  • Moderate to hard periodontal cases (these can still be tricky to tackle, even if they don’t seem it at the outset!)

If you get any of these cases, it’s generally advisable to refer the cases to a specialist team. Remember, these cases can be very fiddly and difficult to handle.

When to Tackle Red Light Cases

If you’ve got experience with several hundred “yellow light” cases under your belt by now, you could consider taking on a few of the simpler red light cases. However, this is provided that you still have support and supervision from an orthodontist. Don’t try to tackle these cases alone until you have a great deal of experience in treating similar issues.