If your teenager needs orthodontic treatment, you will have a number of options open to you.
Patients under the age of 18 who have a clear medical need for teeth realignment are eligible for treatment funded by the NHS. This means that no teenager who needs orthodontic treatment will be excluded from it because of cost.
However, just because your teen is eligible for treatment by the NHS, it doesn’t mean you necessarily have to take up the offer. There are benefits and advantages to having NHS treatment over paying privately for your teen’s orthodontic treatment.
The pros of NHS orthodontic treatment for teens
- It’s free! This is the major benefit of NHS orthodontic treatment. For many families this is the only option, and it’s a great one. The treatment is accessible and effective.
- The outcome is the same as private treatment. Whichever route you choose your Orthodontist will help you achieve the perfect smile.
The cons of NHS orthodontic treatment for teens
- The waiting list. Each orthodontic practice is only funded to treat a certain number of NHS patients per year. This will mean that your teen will have a much longer wait for NHS treatment than they would have if they were being treated privately.
- Limited options. Unlike private patients, NHS patients will not be able to choose from a full range of treatment programmes. Invisible braces such as Invisalign are not available on the NHS.
Are you finding it difficult to decide which type of orthodontic treatment to choose for your teen? Why not book a consultation appointment with us to discuss your options?