Orthodontic treatment is seen as standard for children and teenagers in the UK. It normally involves the use of a fixed metal brace, which can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, and because said braces can now be customised with coloured elastics, many young people like to use their brace as a fashion statement.
NHS orthodontics is free of charge to young people, but is based on a strict set of clinical criteria because of limited resources, meaning only the most severe cases qualify for treatment. This is unfortunate, because whilst many youngsters may not meet the guidelines, they would never-the-less benefit from straightening their teeth.
This can become a particular issue during the teenage years, which can often be fraught with body image concerns and a desire to either fit in or stand out, for both boys and girls. Often, childhood habits such as prolonged use of a dummy or thumb sucking can result in mild but noticeable orthodontic imperfections, which become a big issue for teenagers – particularly now that everything is about taking the perfect selfie.
Harley Street Dental Clinic believes that everyone deserves a beautifully aligned smile to be proud of, and that real benefits can be made to teenagers’ lives by helping them to be more confident in their smile. Orthodontics is available to patients of all ages.
There are a wide range of orthodontic treatments available that are much more discreet than a traditional metal brace. Your child or teenager can choose to have metal braces if they wish, perhaps to fit in with their friends who all have such appliances.
However, for the more “selfie-conscious” child or teen, a subtler approach may be preferred. This type of treatment may involve a fixed brace or a removable aligner. An orthodontist will discuss the merits of all suitable appliances with you and your child after a clinical examination.
Tooth-coloured ceramic braces are a popular choice, because many types work in a similar way to treat similar conditions to traditional metal braces, without being nearly so obvious.
Clear aligners fit over the teeth and can be removed for cleaning, making dental hygiene simple.