Although teeth can be straightened at any age, the ideal time to have this corrective treatment is during the early teenage years, when the teeth and jaws are still developing.
If your child does not qualify for NHS treatment or you think they may benefit from more flexibility and choice, they can have discounted private treatment. If you do choose the private route, your child will benefit from:
NHS funded orthodontic treatment is only available for children with moderate to severe problems who will benefit from treatment for dental health reasons. A compulsory scoring system, carried out during the first consultation, is used to decide if your child is eligible for NHS treatment. If your child has mild orthodontic problems and the benefits of treatment would be considered purely cosmetic, they will need to be seen on a private basis.
An NHS assessment and any follow-up appointments does not guarantee we will be able to offer NHS treatment. If your child is accepted, they will usually be put on a waiting list, but we will let you know how long they will have to wait. With NHS treatment, appointment times are usually limited to school times only.
One advantage of wearing fixed braces is that youngsters can customise them with coloured elastics.