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Does Your Child Need Orthodontic Braces?

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:

  • Straightening crooked, crowded or protruding teeth
  • Closing gaps between the teeth
  • Allowing you to bite correctly and therefore eat more comfortably
  • Allowing you to care for your teeth and gums more easily.
  • Producing a smile, you are happy with

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:

  1. We offer a finance scheme where you can spread the cost over 3 years at 0% interest.
  2. A full plan will be put in place prior to starting treatment making sure you and your child are comfortable with both why and how the treatment will be conducted.
  3. You can start treatment straight away. A typical NHS waiting time is at least 2 years.
  4. You get to choose the type of brace your child has i.e. a clear vs. a metal brace. Most children are very happy with the metal one though as they like the coloured bands.
  5. We offer late Wednesday evening appointments and Saturday mornings so your child does not have to miss school and you don't have to take time off work to take them to their appointments.
  6. Our appointment times are at least 30 minutes so we can spend time carrying out the treatment to our satisfaction and have the time to respond to any queries you or your child may have.
  7. We can use the best materials and techniques with complete clinical freedom.
What's the best age to have braces?

The ideal age to have orthodontic treatment is around 12 or 14, while you're still growing. The opportunity for improvement in an adult is more limited and surgery is more likely to be needed. We recommend an orthodontic assessment is conducted at 10 years of age.

How do I get braces fitted?

Simply come in for an initial consultation and we can take things from there.

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?

  • Simple treatment taking around 12 months- £2,270
  • Advanced treatment taking around 18 months- £3,354
  • Complex treatment taking around 24 months- £4,214

These costs include:
  • Treatment planning
  • X-rays
  • Orthodontic extractions
  • Brace treatment and all the associated appointments
  • Removable retainers
  • Follow up for 12 months.

Are there finance options available?

To help make the cost of braces more affordable, we offer a range of interest-free finance options, which allow you to spread the cost of the treatment over 24 months - subject to an initial 20% deposit. You can also spread your payments over 36 months without needing to pay anything up front.

When you come in for your free consultation you'll be given a breakdown of all of 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.

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