In recent years the process for NHS orthodontic treatment has changed. Not as many teenagers are now eligible for treatment on the NHS as they were previously.
More and more parents are making the decision to go private for their teen’s realignment treatment. Though this obviously means they will need to make a financial investment in the process, there are a lot of benefits to doing this.
Here’s why you may decide it’s worth going private for your teen’s orthodontic treatment.
Your teen will definitely be eligible
Orthodontists now have to use a strict grading system to determine which young people are eligible for orthodontic treatment on the NHS. This may mean that the alignment problems affecting your teen’s confidence won’t be considered severe enough for NHS treatment.
If you decide to go private, you won’t need to worry about any of these grading systems. Everyone is eligible for private orthodontic treatment, no matter how severe or mild their malocclusion.
You can skip the waiting list
Each orthodontic practice is given funding to treat only a certain number of NHS patients per year. This means you may have to wait for more than a year to start treatment on the NHS.
Private patients will be able to start their treatment as soon as a convenient appointment can be made.
You’ll be able to choose the right treatment programme for your teen
NHS orthodontic treatment is limited to traditional fixed metal braces. However, there are a huge number of treatment programmes available, some of which may be much better suited to your teen.
Should you decide to go private, your orthodontist will be able to recommend the best treatment for your teen’s individual case. This will include ‘invisible’ brace options such as Invisalign Teen or lingual braces.
You’ll have greater control over the process
Ultimately, the benefit of opting for private orthodontic treatment for your teen is that you’ll have full control over the process. You can decide to do it how you want and when you want, rather than being at the mercy of NHS waiting lists.
If you’d like to talk to a specialist orthodontist about your options, please get in touch. We’re always on hand to help.