Exploring NHS and Private Orthodontic Options for Teens in Portishead, Bristol
For children and teenagers with misaligned teeth, the prospect of obtaining braces through the NHS can be a game-changer. Straight teeth not only enhance confidence but also simplify oral care.
Due to limited availability, in order to receive NHS orthodontic treatment a child is required to meet specific criteria. If your child does meet the criteria, then there is usually a lengthy wait which often lead to many teens outgrowing their eligibility before receiving treatment.
In response, some parents are opting for private orthodontics right from the start. This enables their child to start treatment quickly with a local orthodontist.
We’ve outlined how NHS orthodontics could benefit your teenager below.
For your teenager to receive NHS orthodontic treatment, they must meet the following requirements:
Your general dentist will monitor the development of your childs teeth and assess the need for any orthodontic treatment. This typically begins around the age of 12.
If you believe your teenager might benefit from orthodontics then discuss this with your dentist, who can carry out an evaluation to determine if your teenager should be added to the NHS waiting list.
Teens with grade 4 and 5 issues will be referred to an orthodontist, while those with grade 3 issues will be evaluated by your dentist.
This assessment considers the aesthetic benefits of orthodontics. Using 10 colour photographs showing varying levels of dental attractiveness, your orthodontist will match the patients current smile to these images. If they receive a rating of 6 or higher and also have grade 3 imperfections, they may qualify for free treatment.
If your teenager has grade 3 imperfections and is deemed unsuitable for NHS orthodontics, seeking private treatment is a common alternative. Grade 3 doesn’t mean that braces wouldn’t be beneficial; it simply means that they aren’t available via the NHS.
The current waiting time for an assessment for NHS braces is approximately two years. With a further waiting list to start treatment ranging for 1-2 years.
Considering the extended waiting times, some parents choose private orthodontics immediately to ensure timely treatment and avoid further misalignment.
At Evolve Dentistry, we offer private orthodontic options for children starting at just £1,750.
We understand that your child’s oral health is of utmost importance. Opting for private orthodontics provides several advantages:
Even if your teenager is currently on the NHS waiting list for orthodontics and you’d like to find out more about treatment with Lisa our Orthodontist, get in touch with our team to book a consultation today.
Read our CQC Report
Dental Health Plan