Dental Treatment and COVID-19

​Dear Patients,

On 25th March 2020 Sara Hurley (Chief Dental Officer England) and Matt Neligan (Director of Primary Care and System transformation) released their latest statement on the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to update you on how this will affect our service provision at Dentalcare Group. The guidance is clear that all routine, non-urgent dental care, including orthodontic treatments must be deferred until advised otherwise. We are still here to support you and your dental needs through this unprecedented time.

We want to take this opportunity to reassure all our patients that we take the spread of the COVID-19 in the UK very seriously. The health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors to our dental practice is our main priority.

Here at Dentalcare Group we will be providing all our patients with a remote service during normal working hours. Our dentists will perform telephone triaging for: advice; analgesia; and antimicrobials (if appropriate) . We will not be able to see you at the practice.

If it is not possible to manage your symptoms remotely, you will have to be referred to a Local Urgent Dental Care Centre. Details of these are currently being established in our area and we will update you as soon as we have further information.

We will use our best professional judgement in the triaging process and work collaboratively with our Local Urgent Care system, possibly volunteering our expertise where necessary to help meet the demands imposed on this new emergency service.

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You can also check the following websites for further advice:

We would like to thank you for your support and cooperation in the interest of our patient’s health and safety. We will closely monitor this situation and will update all patients accordingly.

Stay safe.
Kind Regards,
Dentalcare Group Team

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. 

Book an appointment for your child at West Swindon Orthodontics

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 Orhodontic 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 don’t want to wait for treatment, 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.