Safeguarding your child’s smile
More than 200,000 children get braces every year on the NHS – the majority when they are a teenager. At St John’s Dental Practice, we will let parents know if their child is likely to need braces and, if necessary, refer them to see an orthodontist in the local area. Fixed braces will be recommended if a child has problems with their bite, or seriously crowded or protruding teeth. NHS treatment can only be provided if braces are considered necessary for a child’s long-term health, as opposed to aesthetic reasons. There is usually a waiting list for NHS treatment, and your orthodontist will talk you through your options should you wish your child to be treated privately.
Cosmetic fixed braces for
teens & adults
If your crooked smile is purely a cosmetic issue, rather than a deeper problem associated with your bite, cosmetic fixed braces offer a fast-working solution for both adults and teens. After all, who wants to wear braces any longer than necessary? Ideal for treating the front ‘smiling’ teeth, advanced cosmetic fixed braces are generally more lightweight and discreet than traditional metal braces, using clear wires and tooth-coloured brackets – and they have the potential to deliver results in months, not years. To find out more about the options available at St John’s Dental Practice, speak to the team today.
The ideal age to have orthodontic treatment is around 12 or 13, while you’re still growing. The opportunity for improvement in an adult is more limited and surgery is more likely to be needed.
To get braces fitted, you need to be referred to an orthodontist by your dentist. If you want to check the qualifications of your orthodontist, use the definitive list of specialist orthodontists held by the General Dental Council. By law, only registered specialists can call themselves a specialist orthodontist.
Your type of brace will depend on your individual needs. Some braces are removable; others are fixed and stay in all the time. All NHS braces are made of metal; clear or plastic systems are only available privately.
Fixed braces usually work very well, but it’s important to look after your teeth while you’re wearing them. Braces can trap food and cause more plaque to build up than usual. You need to take extra care cleaning your teeth and watch what you eat – for example, by avoiding sugary foods and drinks. You also need to see your dentist regularly while having orthodontic treatment.