We can appreciate that NHS waiting lists for orthodontic treatment around the area can be frustratingly long.
We offer an affordable alternative for children that either do not qualify for NHS treatment or for those who wish to bypass the long NHS waiting list.
Unlike NHS orthodontics where children are usually seen every 10-15 minutes due to the large volume of patients, at Masters Orthodontics every appointment is at least 30 mins long. We feel that volume is inversely proportional to the quality and as such we do not rush our appointments to be able to see more patients.
Unlike NHS orthodontics, we do not require a referral from your general dentist for your child’s treatment. You can simply contact us directly via our website or by phoning us to book an appointment.
First Phase Treatment
This is what we call preventative or interceptive orthodontics. The main objective for the orthodontist is either try to maintain or create space for your child’s teeth, correct any unwanted habits (like thumb sucking) and obtain a balanced and harmonic relationship between the upper and lower jaws.
This is usually carried out in small children, hence the importance of early orthodontic screening. Sometimes children will show early signs of discrepancies in the size and position of their jaws during growth and might therefore be candidates for early interceptive treatment.
Undertaking early orthodontic treatment may sometimes prevent extractions of permanent teeth later on in a second phase or even prevent the need for possible surgical repositioning of the jaws when older.
Second Phase Treatment
This is usually carried out when all the permanent teeth have fully erupted, usually around the age of 11-13. This phase can apply to those children that have had interceptive treatment previously and are in a monitoring stage or for those children that only require one single phase of treatment.
This usually involves full braces to improve your child’s overall dental alignment and bite in order to achieve the straightest and healthiest smile possible.