Children’s Braces

at West Swindon Orthodontics

West Swindon Orthodontics accept children's orthodontic referrals

It is quite common for children to have their teeth straightened with approximately a third of all children needing orthodontic treatment. 

At Dentalcare West Swindon Orthodontics, we tend to start orthodontic treatment around the ages of 12 or 13 once the adult teeth are all through and whilst the mouth and jaws are still growing. 

 Our team of orthodontists will only see children for an orthodontic assessment on the NHS if they have been sent to us on a referral basis from their dentist. If your child does not qualify for orthodontic care under the NHS, we will gladly accept them as a private referral. 

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NHS braces for children in West Swindon

NHS orthodontic treatment is available for children under the age of 18 subject to certain conditions. Children must be referred to us by their dentist in order to be assessed for NHS treatment. 

Indicators of treatment, need and outcome have been developed and validated by the whole orthodontic profession to assess the efficacy and appropriateness of care. The most widely used is the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). As a general guide, only moderate to severe orthodontic conditions will be funded by the NHS. Following an initial assessment, we will advise you whether your child will qualify for treatment under the NHS. 

You can read more about the available appliances and when they are used, on the website for the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) click here for the website. 

If your child doesn’t qualify for NHS treatment or you prefer aesthetic braces, you can choose to pay for your child to have braces privately.

How children’s orthodontic treatment can help

Most orthodontic treatment takes the form of dental braces. Dental braces will give children and teens:

  • A smile they can be proud of
  • Make the best of their teeth
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Straight teeth which are easier to clean leading to better oral health
  • An improved bite so that they can eat more comfortably and bite together more evenly
  • Space for any crowded teeth

Additionally, orthodontics will correct protruding teeth, close any unwanted gaps and will be used to help with problems to the jaw and in some cases cleft lip and palate.