Achieve your dream smile with dental braces from Bhandal Dental Practice, with a wide range of options available.
Orthodontic braces help to gradually move your teeth into the correct alignment. Dental braces are available for free on the NHS for those under 18s that meet the requirements.
Dental braces help to straighten the teeth using brackets and wires. Generally, you will need to wear the brace for in-between six months and two years to complete the treatment. During this time you will be monitored closely, and we will make appropriate adjustments to your brace to ensure the desired finish. Caring for your teeth during this time is essential, so we’ll give you advice and support to make sure you know how to brush your teeth with braces and how to protect them.
We offer free treatment on the NHS for those under 18s who fit the criteria. We will monitor your teen’s teeth to determine if they need orthodontic treatment and will advise on the necessary steps to secure this treatment. Children and teens that do not meet the requirements for free NHS treatment are welcome to explore private child orthodontic treatment with us.
The process of an NHS referral
High demand for NHS braces means that there may be a long waiting time for treatment. If your child’s dentist determines that treatment is necessary, they will refer you to an orthodontist. At Bhandal Dentistry, we are able to handle the entire process, so you won’t have to be referred to another dental practice. If you think your child might need braces, book a routine checkup to learn more.
Which cases are suitable for NHS orthodontic treatment
In order to qualify for free NHS treatment, your child’s teeth will be assessed on the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) scale. Treatment is typically offered for grade 4 and grade 5 cases and may be offered for grade 3 cases if your dentist believes it would be beneficial. Treatment may also be available if the appearance of the teeth, jaw or face is of concern.
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You may have to wait a long time to start treatment. The typical waiting time is currently between 6 months and 2 years. If you are keen for your child to start treatment right away, we can explore private orthodontic treatment.
No, only fixed metal aligners are available with NHS treatment. If you are interested in skipping the waiting lists and exploring invisible aligner options for your teen, we also offer private children’s orthodontics.
We offer a wide range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic treatments to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Learn more about individual treatment options or book a consultation to find out how we can help.