Orthodontic treatment for children
Give your child a great start in life
Having a great smile can boost your self-esteem and confidence, which in turn can have a positive effect on your career and social life. Therefore, it makes sense to help your child reap the benefits of a wonderful smile while they are young, created as a result of orthodontic treatment.
We offer a wide variety of treatments, some of which are covered on the National Health Service. At your child’s initial consultation we will usually be able to inform you whether your child qualifies for NHS orthodontic treatment. If your child is not eligible we will explain all the options available to you.
NHS orthodontic treatment
In April 2006 the Department of Health introduced strict new guidelines to ascertain a patient’s eligibility to undergo NHS orthodontic treatment. Cases are now assessed according to the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). The score your child receives on this index will determine whether he/she is eligible for treatment on the NHS.
Our initial consultations for patients under 18 years of age are available on the NHS. For further information on NHS eligibility and IOTN information click here.
Premium Private Care
If your child is not eligible for orthodontic treatment under the NHS, they can still receive the treatment they require via our premium private care service. This includes a wide range of appliances as well as premium appointment times outside school hours and on Saturdays.
Orthodontic appliances for children
At The Orthodontic Centre most of our orthodontic appliances are suitable for children, and some have been designed with our younger patients in mind.
- Fixed braces: This appliance requires elastics to be fitted around the brackets, but to make orthodontic treatment fun we have coloured elastic options available. These elastics can be changed at most appointments, so you can choose your favourite colour, the colours of your football or rugby team or a colour for a special occasion, such as Christmas.
- Removable braces: We also offer a choice of colour for our removable braces.
- Mouthguards: Braces won’t stop your child from playing sport but it is important they wear a mouthguard when doing so. We’ve made this necessity fun as well, with a range of colours and designs to choose from.
Please note, however, that some of our cosmetic options are only suitable for children aged 14 and over.
Book a free consultation for your child with us at The Orthodontic Centre today to find out more about their orthodontic treatment options.