Treatment for crooked, projecting, or crowded teeth, as well as for difficulties with the bite of the teeth, is most often achieved via orthodontics. Braces are the most common method of this treatment.
The advantages of orthodontics include:
Only when the majority of a child’s adult teeth have begun to grow they begin receiving orthodontic treatment. This normally occurs around the age of 12, although it varies according to the number of adult teeth that have emerged and the development of their face and jaws.
Adults could begin orthodontic treatment at any age, although the alternatives are more restricted. Because orthodontic treatment could potentially raise the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, your loved one won’t be able to begin treatment unless they maintain a high level of oral hygiene.
At The Dental Lounges, we offer free NHS orthodontic treatments for children. You must first be recommended by your regular dentist in order to be considered. You will be evaluated by an orthodontist who will use the index of orthodontic treatment need (IOTN) for treatment via the NHS.
Types of NHS Braces
These are the most prevalent form of braces that use metal brackets and archwires to straighten teeth and are made of high-quality stainless steel. Additionally, they let you add coloured elastics for a more distinctive and vivid smile.
Lingual braces are not visible when you smile since they are tucked beneath the teeth and can be completely customised to your teeth’s form. Lingual braces are an excellent choice for aspiring athletes, models and performers,
Ceramic braces, which are more often used on upper front teeth than on lower teeth, are constructed of transparent materials. While ceramic braces are less noticeable cosmetically, they do need greater attention to oral cleanliness, since they are bigger and more fragile than metal braces.
Retainers are utilised after an orthodontic treatment course. They maintain the position of straightened teeth while the gums and bones acclimate to the new position. Retainers could be either detachable or permanent.
Our orthodontist will propose one or more custom-made appliances to help realign your child’s teeth. Depending on your preference, this brace can be either fixed or detachable. Regardless of the kind of brace used, our dentist will make periodic adjustments to ensure that the teeth are receiving constant and sufficient pressure. It’s critical that you both come in (your child) for regular checkups and phone us if anything breaks or malfunctions with your device.FIND OUT MORE
Treatment duration varies according to the complexity of the issue but is typically around 18 and 24 months. Following treatment, your child will be required to wear a retaining brace. This is generally detachable and must be worn at night to maintain the altered position of your teeth. They are typically worn for a minimum of 12 months, but our orthodontist will guide you.FIND OUT MORE
Your first visit is only for an NHS evaluation. It is the parent’s responsibility to accompany children under the age of 16.
Your consultation will include a questionnaire. Additionally, radiographs could well be required to complete the examination.
After a comprehensive inspection, our orthodontist should be able to tell you whether you need treatment.
If you qualify for NHS care, we will discuss your alternatives. Further data and assessments are required before a complete treatment plan is developed.
You have the option of proceeding with the planned treatment. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.
All children under the age of 18 who are recommended by their primary care dentist are eligible for a complimentary NHS orthodontic consultation. Treatment is only offered to individuals who need it for dental health concerns, such as excessive crowding, missing teeth, or teeth that are very protrusive.
Children as early as 7-9 years old should be sent to an orthodontist at the first evidence of a dental issue. While the baby teeth are still visible, our orthodontists can detect slight abnormalities with jaw development and coming teeth preventing future correction.
Mouthguards are recommended for all sports. Our dental practice supplies orthodontic mouthguards, which shield the teeth and braces from injury. Following your treatment, you can also request a custom-made mouthguard.
Once treatment starts, we will thoroughly explain the procedure and offer a list of items to avoid. Among these foods are chewing gum, hard sweets, raw veggies, and any other sticky substance. By carefully following our guidelines, you can avoid the majority of emergency consultations to fix broken or damaged braces.
It's not uncomfortable to put on a brace. After a few days, the teeth and gums may begin to pain as they begin to shift. While getting acclimated to the brace, it's normal to have some soreness on the inside of the lips and cheeks. There is no need to worry about this, although you may feel some discomfort when the brace is adjusted.