Safeguarding your child’s smile
More than 200,000 children get braces every year on the NHS – the majority while they are a teenager. At Johnson and Whitehouse, we will let parents know if their child is likely to need braces and, if necessary, refer them to see an orthodontist in the local area. Fixed braces will be recommended if a child has problems with their bite, or seriously crowded or protruding teeth. NHS treatment can only be provided if braces are considered necessary for a child’s long-term health, as opposed to aesthetic reasons. There is usually a waiting list for NHS treatment, and your orthodontist will talk you through your options should you wish your child to be treated privately.
Cosmetic fixed braces for teens & adults
If your crooked smile is purely a cosmetic issue, rather than a deeper problem associated with your bite, cosmeticfixed braces offer a fast-working solution for both adults and teens. After all, who wants to wear braces any longer than necessary? Ideal for treating the front ‘smiling’ teeth, advanced cosmetic fixed braces are generally more lightweight and discreet than traditional metal braces, using clear wires and tooth-coloured brackets – and they have the potential to deliver results in months, not years. To find out more about the options available at Johnson and Whitehouse, speak to the team today.
The ideal age to have orthodontic treatment isaround 12 or 13, while you’re still growing. The opportunity for improvement in an adult is more limited and surgery is more likely to be needed.
To get braces fitted, you need to be referred to an orthodontist by your dentist.
If you want to check the qualifications of your orthodontist, use the definitive list of specialist orthodontists held by the General Dental Council. By law, only registered specialists can call themselves a specialist orthodontist.
Your type of brace will depend on your individual needs. Some braces are removable; others are fixed and stay in all the time. All NHS braces are made of metal; clear or plastic systems are only available privately.
Orthodontics usually works very well, but it’s important to look after your teeth while you’re wearing braces. Braces can trap food and cause more plaque to build up than usual.You need to take extra care cleaning your teeth and watch what you eat – for example, by avoiding sugary foods and drinks. You also need to see your dentist regularly while having orthodontic treatment.
If you think your child is being refused NHS treatment unfairly or the waiting list for treatment is unreasonably long, contact your local area team of NHS England, Health in Wales and NHS Health Scotland. We can also talk you through private options.
If you think your child is being refused NHS treatment unfairly or the waiting list for treatment is unreasonably long, contact your local area team of NHS England,Health in Wales and NHS Health Scotland. At Johnson and Whitehouse we can also talk you through private options.