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23 March 2017

Options for correcting orthodontic problems in children at our Surbiton practice.

Whilst we can, and do, treat patients of all ages for problems with crooked and uneven teeth, correcting this problem in teenagers is especially important as it both enables them to keep their teeth healthier by making them easier to clean, but equally importantly can be used to resolve problems such as overcrowding.

Providing that the child is 18 years old or younger, they may be eligible to receive NHS orthodontics. This will depend on the severity of the problem, and mild overcrowding or other cosmetic issues may not be treated in this way on the NHS. We also receive a limited amount of NHS funding and our Surbiton patients may have to wait for a while before receiving treatment.

Private orthodontics

NHS orthodontics are the traditional type that most of us probably know – sometimes called “train track” braces. Whilst these do work well, they come at the cost of it being obvious to everyone that you are wearing braces. As these may have to be worn for some time, this may be quite troubling for more sensitive teenagers. If you wish to avoid a potential waiting time for treatment, or would prefer to have what are known as ‘near-invisible’ braces for your child, we offer a wide selection of these privately to suit a variety of problems.

The use of each may depend on the age of the child as their facial features change during the teenage years and we need to take account of this before deciding the appropriate orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of invisible braces

As well as there being no waiting list, appointments can be made outside of school time if made privately. This means that you should be able to avoid your child missing any classes for their treatment. Modern ‘invisible’ braces also offer a means of straightening teenage teeth without the need for potentially embarrassing visible metal braces.

There are a number of different teeth straightening systems available including Invisalign, Damon braces and Inman Aligner to name just three. All but Invisalign use the traditional wire and brackets system but use components made from tooth coloured materials and are much finer in construction than traditional types. Few people will even know that you are wearing them if you don’t tell them!

If your teenager has crooked teeth or an overcrowded mouth and you would like to discuss the use of one of our range of discreet modern orthodontics or the NHS alternatives, please call the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton on 020 8399 1291.

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