We provide a full range of NHS orthodontic care as well as many private options for under 18s. Your dentist will refer you for children’s NHS orthodontic care following assessment using the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs IOTN as a guide. Unfortunately not all cases are eligible for NHS funding, minor misalignments may not be covered. This is when we are able to offer you other options. If your dentist cannot refer you for NHS care you can request a second opinion or you can self refer to us for private care.
All our orthodontic care for children uses high quality orthodontic appliances, often a combination of removable and fixed brackets and braces. We are also able to take advantage of the excellent technology available by offering scans of teeth rather than impressions, something that most children appreciate and adds to their comfort and reduces anxiety.
As treatment progresses we will see your child every 6-8 weeks and it is important to note that you will need to be able to bring your child during the day, we have very few after school appointments available.
As all orthodontic treatment, completion ends with retainers being placed to hold teeth in position, we will guide you as to the type of retainer suited to your child’s situation.
When braces are first fitted they can feel very uncomfortable, the brackets can cause some soreness of the lip that overlies them. We therefore recommend having a ready supply of our special soft wax to place over the bracket for the first few days. Each time you visit for adjustment you will again feel some tightness but this soon eases off and you adapt very quickly.
Treatment times depend on the range of tooth movements we are trying to produce. A single tooth that just need tipping into place make only take a few weeks whereas a full mouth realignment may take many months. We will inform you as to the estimated time for your child’s treatment.
If your child is eligible for NHS treatment there is no charge. If their treatment is private then our fees are available to view here. We will always discuss fees and ways to pay with you before your child starts any treatment.
Yes, even after the shortest treatment times teeth can be prone to relapse, the only way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to wear retainers.