NHS treatment is available for grade 4 and grade 5 cases. Grade 3 cases are usually judged on an individual basis.
NHS treatment may also be available if the appearance of your teeth, jaw or face is of concern. To be eligible for treatment of orthodontics through the NHS you must be referred to the practice by your general dentist.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just beneficial for teenagers and adults – it’s important for children too. That’s because, the earlier your child sees an orthodontist, the earlier any potential orthodontic problems can be identified. It is recommended that your child has their first orthodontic consultation between the age of seven and 11 while their teeth and jaws are still developing. If you would like your child to be treated at Malmin Orthodontics under the NHS please ask your dentist to refer your child to us.
At Malmin Orthodontics, we provide an excellent standard of care for those who are referred to us for NHS orthodontic treatment. However there are several limitations to the NHS treatment we can provide:
- We can only treat a certain number of children each year so there may be a waiting list.
- We are only able to treat children under 18 years old
- Under NHS guidelines we are only able to offer NHS treatment to children with the most serious orthodontic problems
- We may not be able to provide treatment if you do not reside in the Primary Care Trust area.
Non NHS treatments
If your child does not quality for NHS treatment we can still provide orthodontic treatment for them on a private basis. With private treatment you will receive the following benefits:
- All minor and aesthetic problems can be treated that are not covered by the NHS.
- Treatment can start within 14 days
- A wider choice of braces are available, including more discreet options
- We can offer late evening appointments
- You can spread the cost of treatment with our flexible payment options
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be covered under the NHS?
Orthodontic treatment is only available free of charge on the NHS for young people who are under 18 years of age and who have a clear clinical need for treatment. A rating system, known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN), is used to assess the need and eligibility of individual cases.
What is IOTN?
IOTN stands for Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need. It is a ranking assigned to each patient to determine the necessity for orthodontic treatment and is used to assess eligibility for NHS treatment.
What if I don’t qualify for NHS treatment?
If you do not meet the NHS IOTN criteria, it is still possible to have orthodontic treatment. We offer low-cost fees for under 18’s on fixed metal or ceramic braces. Or alternatively you can receive treatment as a private patient and choose from our range of discreet and virtually invisible options.
Is there a difference between NHS and private treatment?
Yes, there are several differences between NHS and private treatment. Under the NHS, the choices of brace type and appointment times are very limited. With private treatment, there is a wide range of brace type available, appointment times are flexible and include after-school appointments.
Can I have white brackets under the NHS?
Metal braces are the only braces available under the NHS. Tooth- coloured options are available on our private and low-cost schemes.
How much does private or low-cost treatment cost?
Low-cost treatment starts from £995. Private treatment starts from £1995. We offer interest-free payment plans and are happy to discuss payment options with you.
What is Orthodonitcs?
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth or jaws that are out of alignment (malocclusion – meaning “bad bite”) and orthodontic treatment can straighten the teeth or move them into a better position. This not only improves their appearance but also the way the teeth bite together.
Do braces hurt ?
The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the arch wires, you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.
Will braces interfere with playing sports?
No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity.
Can I choose the colours on my braces?
Yes! You are able to choose the colours of the ‘modules’ which you might have seen on your friends’ braces. There is a wide range of colours to choose from.
Can I choose which sort of brace I have?
It depends on whether you are a private patient, a low-cost private patient, or an NHS patient. Private patients can choose from a range of different options, while our low-cost patients have a choice of two types. Under the NHS however, you are only able to have fixed metal braces.
Can I eat any foods?
Some foods that we eat are harmful to fixed braces and are likely to cause breakages. Toffees, boiled sweets, mints and hard crusty bread etc. will force the brace away from the teeth or damage/distort the wires. They will also stick and cause decay leaving permanent marks or cavities. Hard fruits or vegetables such as apples or raw carrots can be eaten but must be cut into bite sized pieces first.
Will I have to have teeth removed?
If you have overcrowding, you may need to have some small teeth removed in order to create enough space for the rest of your teeth to be moved into a perfect arch. However, the orthodontist will always recommend removing teeth as a last resort. At the end of your treatment, you will be left with a lovely smile and no-one will ever know you had teeth out.
How important is it to keep my teeth clean when I’m wearing braces?
It is essential to maintain excellent oral hygiene when you are wearing braces. You may find that it is a little more difficult to brush and floss, but we will give you instructions on how to brush with your braces.
What are elastics?
Elastics are small elastic bands that some patients need to wear to correct the position of the jaw. Not everyone needs elastics, but they are easy to wear.
What happens if my braces break?
It is unlikely that your braces will break if you are following the instructions of the orthodontist. However, if something does break, we will book you in to have it fixed, although sometimes it is fine to wait until your next fixed adjustment appointment to have it repaired.
What are retainers?
Retainers are essential as they help to keep your teeth straight when your braces are taken off. Teeth move all through life, and wearing retainers can limit the movement, keeping your teeth straight. Retainers can be fixed (a thin wire glued to the back of your teeth) or removable (clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth and are almost invisible).
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