Braces for children

Give your child the best start in life with an early orthodontic consultation at Beam Orthodontics. We can guide their smile as they develop, and help them avoid extensive orthodontic treatment during adolescence or adulthood.

When should I bring my child for their first orthodontic consultation?

The British Orthodontics Society (BOS) recommends all children have an early consultation with an orthodontist between the ages of 7 and 11. This is a time when their jaws are still malleable, making it easier to assess potential issues and guide their teeth into position if need be.

We won’t necessarily recommend treatment start straight away but it does give us a chance to identify orthodontic issues and plan for them, thus saving you – and your child – time, money and potentially invasive orthodontic treatment in the long term.

Braces for children

Braces on the NHS

Children under the age of 18 could be eligible for orthodontic treatment on the NHS. The NHS guidelines specify that braces can only be fitted for dental health needs, not simply cosmetic reasons. Young people with severe crowding, protruding or buried teeth may be eligible.

The Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) is used to establish the cases severe enough for NHS funding. There may also be a long waiting list for NHS treatment.

If your child is not eligible for braces on the NHS, or you don’t feel they should wait for treatment, don’t despair. Our Essentials Range offers an affordable way of contributing to your child’s future success.

Braces for children

Beam Essentials

If you have been told the NHS will not fund orthodontic treatment for your child, our Essentials Range could transform your child’s smile at an affordable price. Our Essentials Range provides all the fundamental treatment choices available on the NHS. These include:

  • Fixed metal braces
  • Removable braces
  • Functional appliances.

Appointments can be made during our NHS hours - from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 3:45pm.

Braces for children

Beam Essentials Plus

We also provide an Essentials Plus Range, which allows you to add extras to the Essential Range to suit your needs. These extras include:

  • Tooth-coloured brackets
  • Self-ligating fixed braces
  • Invisalign clear aligners
  • Convenient after-school appointments

You can learn more about the costs of our Essentials and Essentials Plus treatments on our Treatment Costs page.

Braces for children

Set your child up for success

Early orthodontic treatment could give your child a healthy, happy smile for life. Book an appointment with the team at Beam Orthodontics in Dundee today to find out how.

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Braces for children