Well, first and foremost there are very few occasions where a child will ‘need’ braces, it is after all mainly a cosmetic treatment. That said modern western society is placing pressures upon us all where a nice smile is expected rather than a bonus. I have/will treat my children as they come of age as I feel that nice smile is a great asset....but that is my choice as a parent and as a dentist.
In 2006 criteria were introduced that your child would need to meet to qualify for NHS treatment. Although this meant that a lot of children still receive treatment a number of left with the option of no treatment or private care.
If you are considering private brace treatment for your child we have pulled together some frequently asked questions that may be of help to you. In addition at Spires we offer consultations and will be happy to meet you and your child to discuss things further and give you an idea of costs and treatment times that can be expected.
Why have braces? The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best of your teeth. This includes:
How long does treatment last?
Treatment usually lasts from 12 months to two years, and visits to the orthodontist are needed every four to eight weeks.
What are the advantages of going private?
Although private treatment has its downside (you have to fund the treatment yourself) it does have the following upsides:
When you come in for your initial consultation you’ll be given a breakdown of all the different finance options available to you, ensuring you have everything you need to make an informed decision. And if you have any questions not answered here, please get in touch – we’re always happy to help.
What are braces like?
There are many different types of braces but we mainly use metal or ceramic braces fixed to the outside of the teeth. The brackets (the bits we glue to the teeth) can be made from home grown sapphire, so they don't stain, remaining discreet over the course of the treatment. They are made by a company called American Orthodontics who ensure they are made to the highest possible standards ensuring predictable treatment every time.
How successful are braces?
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.
How much does it cost?
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Spires Dental Clinic is a private dental practice situated in the heart of Lichfield, Staffordshire offering high quality dentistry with an emphasis on patient care and preventative dentistry. We service patients looking for a private dental surgery in around the surrounding areas including but not limited to Netherstowe, Whittington, Burntwood, Fisherwick, Cannock, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Rugeley, Ashby de la Zouch, Coalville and Birmingham.
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