The benefits of orthodontic treatment include:
Removal of dental crowding or closing spaces
Alignment of the upper and lower dental arches
Correction of the bite of the teeth so that the front teeth meet on closing and the back teeth mesh together
Reducing the likelihood of damage to prominent teeth
Enhancing facial aesthetics
Accommodating impacted, unerupted or displaced teeth
Preparation for advanced dental treatment, such as crowns, bridges or dental implants
Reversing the drifting of the teeth in older patients who have suffered from advanced gum disease
These are some of the most common reasons patients seek treatment:
Children’s orthodontics: NHS v Private
Today’s teenagers are very conscious about appearance. With selfies and social media focusing so much attention on what they look like, it is common for youngsters to recognise flaws in their teeth and therefore be inquisitive about braces. For those who don’t qualify for NHS treatment, private braces are the perfect solution to straightening out crooked teeth and closing gaps to give children a smile they are confident in.
Before we look at the advantages of private orthodontic treatment, we first need to look at whether your child is suitable for NHS treatment.
Is my child eligible for NHS braces?
With orthodontic treatment for people under the age of 18 in high demand, the government introduced the ‘Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need’ (IOTN) in order to assess the eligibility of each patient to free NHS care.
IOTN is distinguished by a 5-grade system that classes the severity of a child’s orthodontic needs. Children judged to be in the fifth and fourth grade (suffering from severe misalignment or irregularities) are entitled to NHS care.
Children falling within the third grade are assessed on a case-to-case basis, whilst those falling into Grades 1 and 2, where orthodontic issues are commonly more cosmetic than functional, are unlikely to be eligible for NHS treatment.
If your child doesn’t qualify for orthodontic treatment with the NHS there are still plenty of options available, especially when it comes to teeth straightening procedures. Here we explain a few of the key advantages of private braces when compared to state-subsidised treatment:
Grade 1 is almost perfection
Grade 2 is for minor irregularities such as:
● slightly protruding upper front teeth
● slightly irregular teeth
● minor reversals of the normal relationship of upper and lower teeth which do not interfere with normal function.
Grade 3 is for greater irregularities which normally do not need treatment for health reasons.
● upper front teeth that protrude less than 4 mm more than normal
● reversals of the normal relationship of upper teeth which only interfere with normal function to a minor degree; by less that 2 mm.
● irregularity of teeth which are less than 4 mm out of line
● open bites of less that 4 mm
● deep bites with no functional problems
Grade 4 is for more severe degrees of irregularity and these do require treatment for health reasons.
● upper front teeth that protrude more than 6 mm
● reversals of the normal relationship of upper teeth which interfere with normal function greater than 2 mm
● lower front teeth that protrude in front of the upper more than 3.5 mm
● irregularity of teeth which are more than 4 mm out of line
● less than the normal number of teeth (missing teeth) where gaps need to be closed
● open bites of more than 4 mm
● deep bites with functional problems
● more than the normal number of teeth (supernumerary teeth)
Grade 5 is for severe dental health problems
● when teeth cannot come into the mouth normally because of obstruction by crowding, additional teeth or any other cause.
● a large number of missing teeth.
● upper front teeth that protrude more than 9 mm
● lower front teeth that protrude in front of the upper more than 3.5 mm and where there are functional difficulties too
● cranio-facial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate.
Benefits of Private Orthodontic Treatment
Shorter waiting times
Even if your child qualifies for free NHS orthodontics, there is still likely to be a waiting period before treatment can be performed. Private practices offer a far more flexible time frame and extended appointment schedules, meaning essential treatment can begin sooner. Even if your youngster qualifies for free orthodontic care, waiting times for treatment can range from six months to two years or more, according to the NHS.
Private orthodontic care will offer a high level of aftercare that may not be accessible through the NHS. This includes regular check-ups to ensure that treatment is working well, that the teeth and gums are healing, and that good oral health is maintained.
Because the service is free, NHS orthodontic care can be limited in the range of treatment options available. NHS teeth straightening is normally performed with traditional metal ‘train-track’ braces which are highly visible, whereas private braces patients can choose from a broader range of products. This includes ‘invisible’ brace systems such as Invisalign, which are more subtle and preferred by children who are sensitive about the appearance of their teeth.
Sorting problems earlier
As with most dental problems, it is always advisable to apply treatment at the earliest possible opportunity. Private orthodontic treatment at a young age can help to identify and fix potential issues that could become more problematic or expensive to fix in later life.
At Deyanov Dental practice we use Invisalign for your orthodontic needs!
Meet with Dr Deyanov and get a sneak peek of your new smile!
With Invisalign treatment, we will take fast and precise 3D digital scans of your teeth using the iTero element scanner, and work with you to map out a custom treatment plan that you are happy with.
invis is achieving your smile goals!
Get started on your smile transformation
Once you’re happy with your treatment plan, you’re now ready to progress with the next steps in your Invisalign treatment journey.
Start wearing your aligners
When you pick up your first custom aligners, Dr Deyanov will examine your smile, ensuring high standards from start. Invisalign clear aligners are made with flexible SmartTrack material, and laser-trimmed to the gum line for greater comfort during your treatment.
Attend regular check-ups
You’ll have check-ups roughly every 6-8 weeks to check on your progress and collect your next set of aligners. Invisalign Virtual Care feature within the My Invisalign app will also allow your doctor to keep track of your progress and give you feedback remotely in between your face to face appointments.
Carry on with your usual routine
Keep your brand-new smile beautiful.
Now that you’ve transformed your smile with the world’s most advanced clear aligner, here’s how to keep the straighter smile you love.
Wear your aligners according to your Invisalign treatment plan
Set reminders for wearing and changing your aligners on My Invisalign App
Once orthodontic treatment ends, teeth can have a tendency to move again, so it’s important to keep them in place for long lasting results.
How long does Invisalign Treatment take?
Invisalign clear aligners can help straighten minor to complex teeth misalignment. The length of treatment can take on average 6 months, but this is dictated by your Invisalign doctor depending on how complicated your case is. Most people feel a difference wearing Invisalign aligners after three months, and results are usually noticeable after six months.
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Please be aware that any same day emergency appointments you make you will be charged at £75 for the appointment (treatment cost not inclusive)
Any out of hours emergency appointments you make will be charged at £125 for the appointment (treatment cost not inclusive)
Payments for any emergency appointment slots will be required at the time of booking which can be paid over the phone
Any treatment required can be paid by your preference of payment method at the end of your appointment