NHS Orthodontic Treatments...
We accept NHS referrals for patients up to their eighteenth birthday. Your dentist can refer your son or daughter for an orthodontic assessment.
On the 1st April 2006, the Department of Health introduced a new system for NHS Orthodontic treatment. Each patient will have their teeth assessed for treatment eligibility using an index. Patients with a low index will not be eligible for NHS treatment funding, and no practice will be able to treat that patient on the NHS.
It may be necessary to join a waiting list before active treatment can begin.
NHS treatment will not be available outside school hours and will be restricted during school holidays.
For those patients not eligible for NHS treatment, we would be more than happy to discuss our private treatment plans and finance options.
Below you will find information about the NHS treatments we offer...
Removable braces are made from plastic (acrylic or perspex) and have wire clips and springs. The brace is clipped to the teeth so that it gets support from the teeth and from the roof of the mouth. The wire clips are made individually to secure the brace and move the teeth.
Fixed braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance. Attachments called brackets are bonded to the surface of the tooth and linked by wires to create pressure that moves the teeth to the desired positions. Fixed braces are not removable until the end of the treatment. The wires are changed to improve control as the teeth move towards the correct position.
Functional appliances are used to correct disharmony in the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. They work by influencing the development and growth of a growing patient. The most common use of a functional appliance is to encourage the forward growth of a retrusive or "under-developed" lower jaw. The functional appliance holds the lower jaw forward over a period until the teeth, jaws and joints have "adapted" and the desired jaw position has been obtained.
Once the active phase of your treatment has been finished, it will be necessary to wear a retaining brace. Retainers are designed to keep your teeth straight and can either be removed or fixed to the teeth. Now that your teeth are straight, if you do not wear your retainer your teeth are likely to drift towards their original positions. If this happens it can be corrected by wearing braces again which will be costly.