Children’s Bracesat Marlborough Orthodontics
Dentalcare Marlborough Orthodontics accept children’s orthodontic referrals
Orthodontic and teeth straightening with children is very common and it is estimated that over 200,000 children and teenagers in England and Wales have treatment within the NHS every year. Additionally, a growing number of children are looking to have their teeth straightened on a private basis.
At Dentalcare Marlborough Orthodontics, usually we wait until children are about 12 or 13 to begin orthodontic treatment. This allows for the adult teeth to develop into the gums and to allow for the growth of the mouth and jaw.
Our orthodontists will only see children for an orthodontic assessment on the NHS if they have been sent to us on a referral basis from their dentist. If your child does not qualify for orthodontic care under the NHS, we would be delighted to see them as a private referral.
NHS braces for children in Marlborough
NHS orthodontic treatment is available for children under the age of 18 subject to certain conditions. Children must be referred to us by their dentist in order to be assessed for NHS orthodontic treatment.
Indicators of treatment, need and outcome have been developed and validated by the whole orthodontic profession to assess the efficacy and appropriateness of care. The most widely used is the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). As a general guide, only moderate to severe orthodontic conditions will be funded by the NHS. Following an initial assessment, we will advise you whether your child will qualify for treatment under the NHS.
You can read more about the available appliances and when they are used, on the website for the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) click here for the website.
If your child is under the age of 18, has been referred and accepted for orthodontic treatment on the NHS, there is usually no cost. The standard brace for children to wear on the NHS, is the metal fixed brace.
If your child doesn’t qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment, or you don’t want to wait for treatment, or if you would prefer a different type of dental brace, you can choose to pay for your child to have braces privately.
How children’s orthodontic treatment can help
Most orthodontic treatment will involve children wearing braces. The benefit of orthodontic treatment for children is to:
- Give an attractive smile with lovely straight teeth
- Enhance facial aesthetics
- Improve confidence
- Promote better oral health – straight teeth are easier to keep clean and free of plaque
- Ensure teeth bite together evenly
- Provide space for any crowded teeth
- Close unwanted gaps
- Correct protruding teeth
Orthodontics can also help with problems to the jaw and in some cases cleft lip and palate.