Teeth realignment treatment is available on the NHS to patients under the age of eighteen who have a clear clinical need. There is a grading scale that your orthodontist will use to determine whether or not you qualify for this. We’ve blogged about NHS funding for orthodontic treatment in more detail here.
If you are over eighteen and seeking orthodontic treatment, you will need to access it privately. It is also possible for patients under eighteen to access treatment privately, and there can be many benefits to doing this.
Thinking about going private? Here are three big benefits:
You don’t have to meet anyone else’s criteria
The great thing about private orthodontic treatment is that it’s available to anyone. You can access private teeth realignment treatment whatever your age. It’s also key to note that you don’t have to have a clinical need to have private treatment.
Some patients don’t have a clinical need for treatment but still aren’t happy with the way their teeth look. Private treatment gives them the opportunity to address this on their own terms and get the smile they’ve always wanted.
You can have treatment on your own timetable
NHS waiting times vary depending on where you are in the country. Even if you or you child do qualify for NHS treatment, the waiting time could be six months or more.
Alternatively, if you access treatment privately you will have much more control over when your treatment happens. This is ideal whether you want to get started as soon as possible, or if you want it to tie in with other life events such as a wedding, graduation or a big move.
You can choose the type of treatment that works best for you
When you choose private orthodontic treatment, you will have more options open to you. This means you will be able to choose from a range of treatment options including lingual braces, invisible braces and removable retainers such as Invisalign.
Not all types of treatment are suitable for everyone: your orthodontist will be able to advise you on the treatment options that are suitable for your individual needs.
Interested in learning more? Visit our Orthokind York website for more information about the different treatment options that are available.