The speciality of orthodontics is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of irregularities of the jaws and teeth. It is thought that around a third of 12-year-olds would benefit from some degree of orthodontic treatment. The affect on your child’s dental health can include crowding, missing or extra teeth, impacted teeth and teeth that don’t bite together properly. In some cases, abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face.
Orthodontic treatment is aimed at providing a functional bite that improves the long-term health of the teeth as well as improving appearance. There can be significant benefits to mental and physical well-being.
To find out if your child is eligible for NHS funding, we offer free assessments to anyone aged 17 years or under. Just ask your General Dentist to refer you or you can contact us directly.
You will have an assessment with one of our Specialist Orthodontists using NHS guidelines measurements, the Index of Treatment Need (IOTN) . We will then let you know if you are eligible for NHS funding.
Treatment may involve:
Interceptive treatment. This is indicated early in the developing dentition to aid or prevent treatment later on. These are simple corrections usually carried out using removable braces for a short period of time.
Functional braces. These are used to modify the growth of the jaws where there is an underlying discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws. These are best used in growing patients and are used before a course of fixed brace treatment.
Fixed braces. The majority of NHS orthodontic treatment is carried out using fixed metal braces
If you do not qualify for NHS treatment you may choose to have private treatment.
We can offer you private care at our practice with the added benefits of:
- Flexible appointment times during the week
- Saturday morning appointments
- The latest technology in appliances (fixed or removable)
- Clear or invisible braces
- A different choice of retainers
- A variety of finance options, including interest free payments up to two years or low-cost interest payment plans for longer periods