All about NHS braces in Rotherham

Posted by on 19 June 2019 | Comments

NHS braces in Rotherham are an affordable and reliable option for many children and teens who are seeking straighter teeth. Braces have many health benefits and can improve your mouth function for years and years to come, as long as a retainer is worn post-treatment. If you or a family member are looking into NHS braces and are considering them, then take a sneaky peak at our NHS braces guide right here.


Overview of NHS braces

NHS orthodontic treatment is free for people under the age of 18 with a clear health need for the treatment. This means that if your teeth are drastically misaligned and are hindering your routine hygiene or your mouth’s function and you are under the age of 18, NHS braces will be free of charge. This is not usually extended to adults, but it may be on a case-by-case basis if there is a direct need for it.


NHS braces can be used for…

  • Correcting tooth crowding and alignment
  • Correcting your bite so your teeth meet together evenly
  • Reducing the chances of damaging prominent teeth either aesthetically or functionally
  • Improving your appearance, including your cosmetic smile


Orthodontic treatments for teens and children

NHS braces are typically only applied when a child turns 12, because this is when all of their adult teeth have started to come through. It of course depends on the individual’s needs and the growth of adult teeth that has or hasn’t happened yet. Treatment won’t begin until we’ve instated a baseline of good oral hygiene, because NHS braces can increase the risk of tooth decay when they’re not cleaned properly.


What are NHS braces?

NHS braces are made of metal brackets and wires. The brackets are secured to the fronts of your teeth with strong dental adhesive, so they don’t budge when you chew or bite. They exert pressure on your teeth to guide them into a straighter position. You will need a few appointments with us for adjustments to ensure that your braces continue to perform at their best throughout your treatment journey. Your results will also need to be maintained with retainers after your treatment is completed, because otherwise your teeth may drift back into their irregular positions.


If you’d like to find out more about NHS braces in Rotherham, contact the Orthodontics Studio today on 01709 382 047. We will happily meet with you to discuss your needs and your individual treatment journey.