Children’s Bracesat Dentalcare Hook
Dentalcare Hook accept children's orthodontic referrals
Once children start getting their adult teeth, we monitor how the teeth are coming through and whether there are any issues with crowding, crookedness or with their bite.
Orthodontic treatment for children can begin at any age but tends to be about 12 years old, once enough of the adult teeth are through. At Dentalcare Hook, we will only see children for orthodontic treatment if they have been sent to us on a referral basis from their dentist.
NHS braces for children in Dentalcare Hook
NHS brace treatment is free for people under the age of 18 as long as your child shows a clear need for orthodontic treatment. There is a high and growing demand for braces for children so the waiting list can be long.
NHS dental braces for children usually take the form of the standard fixed braces. Your child may need to have teeth removed as part of the treatment and they may need to wear headgear at night. Treatment times vary according to the complexity of the case, but usually take between 12 and 24 months.
Clear, removable braces are considered to be a cosmetic form of orthodontic treatment which are not available on the NHS but can be paid for privately.
If your child doesn’t qualify for NHS treatment or if you don’t want to wait for treatment, you can choose to pay for your child to have dental braces privately.
How children’s orthodontic treatment can help
Orthodontic treatment for children mostly takes the form of dental braces and these can be used to:
- Straighten crooked teeth
- Correct and space out crowded teeth
- Correct bite issues so that your child bites together evenly on their front and back teeth
- Corrects protruding teeth
- Close gaps in the teeth
Orthodontics can also be used to help with problems to the jaw and in some cases cleft lip palate.