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Can my child have private orthodontic treatment in Blackheath?

Posted on 14th November 2019 in Orthodontics

It is the expectation that problems with the formation of teeth will be treated in childhood yet treatment on the NHS is only available for those meeting a certain criteria, however, a private Blackheath orthodontist can offer help instead.

While more and more adults are choosing to have teeth straightening treatment at a private cosmetic dentist in Blackheath, parents often expect that any problems with their child’s teeth will be treated by the NHS.

The NHS does offer comprehensive dental treatment for children under the age of 18 (or under 19 and in full-time education), however the restrictions placed on the NHS mean that not all children qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment.

Problems with the development of teeth are always best treated at a younger age as the gums offer more flexibility in children who are still growing, making it easier to move teeth and for them to fix into place.

With this in mind, if you have noticed an anomaly in your child’s teeth or have a concern about the development of their teeth, seeking advice from a private child’s orthodontist makes sense.

Will my child qualify for NHS orthodontist treatment in Blackheath?

If your child displays fairly serious issues with the development of their teeth you should receive NHS treatment, which is judged on a scale of need.

Children whose teeth are deemed to be perfect will be classed as Grade 1, with serious issues such as missing teeth, severe overcrowding or seriously protruding teeth being classed in the highest level at Grade 5.

NHS treatment is usually approved for any child whose teeth are judged to be Grade 4 or Grade 5. Grade 4 covers top teeth protruding 6mm, bottom teeth protruding 3.5mm, or serious overcrowding or misalignment.

While Grade 2 covers minor imperfections, parents whose children fall into Grade 3 may have some cause for concern. Grade 3 is a borderline area and cases do not always qualify for NHS treatment – the examples include an open bite, slightly protruding teeth and minor misalignment.

Where can I find a private child’s orthodontist in Rowley Regis?

If you are concerned that your child would benefit from orthodontic treatment for a minor misalignment then a private Blackheath orthodontist can offer a solution.

Blackheath Dental Practice offers private orthodontic care to children and adults in Rowley Regis and the West Midlands.

As well as treating children with serious dental issues, we can treat minor misalignments that may not qualify for NHS care, offering a choice of:

  • Metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Invisalign

Children opting for private orthodontist treatment can also benefit from shorter waiting times, expecting prompt treatment while NHS waiting lists frequently stretch to 18 months.

To arrange an appointment to discuss private orthodontist treatment for your child contactBlackheath Dental Practice.


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