Dental Treatment and COVID-19

Following the announcement by the government on 28th May, we are incredibly pleased and excited to announce that we will be re-opening our practice soon!

At Dentalcare Group patient safety and comfort is of paramount importance, and we have spent the time during closure upgrading the clinic and introducing the following measures to keep our patients and staff SAFER than ever.

The clinic as you are aware has always been a very clean and safe environment. However, we have placed hand sanitisers at entry points, upgraded our PPE and redesigned the patient journey in line with social distancing.

We will be conducting pre-screening tests of patients which is likely to include taking your temperature on arrival.

We have had to cancel numerous appointments since the lockdown began 3 months ago and will initially be prioritising appointments for our existing patients who have had dental emergencies or appointments cancelled, in order of urgency. Please do not attend the clinic unless you have an appointment.

We thank you all for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you again soon!

We will be in touch as soon as we are ready to see you!

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.