A Guide to Children’s Braces


Orthodontic treatment uses braces or aligners to gently reposition the teeth and braces are ideal for crowded or crossed teeth, gappy smiles and jaws that do not bite together correctly. 

Dental Perfection in Coventry and Kettering offers private orthodontic treatments for your child in a calm relaxed environment, with evening and Saturday appointments to fit around your busy schedule.  


Does my child need braces?

There are ways to tell if you think your child needs braces and this includes noticing teeth that are growing in at an angle, teeth that cross over one another, or gaps between their teeth that do not appear to be closing as your child grows.


When should my child see an orthodontist?

Changes to NHS orthodontics treatment means that there can be long waiting lists to see a specialist orthodontist and you may also require a referral from a dentist. If you have any concerns, please book a free orthodontic consultation at Dental Perfection to get advice from our dentists. We are happy to see our younger patients privately for orthodontics – where there is no waiting list for treatment. 


At What age can my child have braces?

We offer a range of orthodontic treatments for children and teenagers, as well as early intervention orthodontics for children as young as five years old. Each child is treated as an individual and please rest assured that we will avoid extracting any of their teeth wherever possible, instead we aim to take advantage of their natural growth. We carry out an in-depth assessment and focus on achieving a great smile, not just a functional bite.

You are welcome to choose from our full range of orthodontic and teeth straightening options, which include removable expanders, fixed braces or invisible aligners. We can guide you and help you choose what is best for your child.


How long does an orthodontic treatment last for?

Each child is different, so it is difficult to provide exact time frames, however, the average time for children’s orthodontic treatment is about 12 months.


What is the price for an orthodontic treatment? 

Again, the price will be determined for your child’s unique needs. Orthodontic treatment at Dental Perfection starts from £37.80 a week. We will provide an exact cost following their orthodontic assessment and offer interest free finance and low interest finance options to help spread the cost.


What is the difference between NHS and private orthodontic treatments?

Orthodontic treatment is available on the NHS however there are strict government criteria for this. Guidelines state that patients must be under 18 years old and braces can only be fitted for health, not cosmetic reasons. Young people with severe crowding, protruding or buried teeth may be eligible. 

The criteria is outlined in the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs (IOTN) which gives each patient a score as to the severity of their orthodontic problems. They must achieve a certain score to qualify for NHS treatment. 


The benefits of private orthodontics treatments:

  • No restrictions
  • No waiting list
  • A wider choice of braces
  • A greater choice of treatment times including evenings and Saturdays


Get started with your child’s orthodontic treatment!

Visit Dental Perfection in Kettering or Coventry or book a free orthodontic consultation to find out more!