Childrens Private Orthodontics

Everyone should know that a level of Orthodontics is available for children under 18 as a free service on the NHS (we are not an NHS practice).

However, we do offer private children’s Orthodontics at Winning Smiles, where the children aren’t thought to qualify for NHS, or where people are looking for ‘something more’. As a private dental practice we can provide treatment options to children, along with shorter waiting times, and aesthetic options such as ceramic brackets.

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For those children who don’t qualify for NHS Orthodontics

Because these cases are mild and the treatment time is short this results in significantly lower costs.

Mild Cases

For those children who have been referred to an NHS orthodontist who has told them that they do not qualify for treatment on the NHS because their case is not severe enough – we can often treat such cases in under 6 months using a variety of cosmetic fixed, removable and invisible aligners (like ‘Invisalign Teen).

What makes our orthodontic treatment worth considering?

Evening and Weekend appointments

We work when you don’t: offering appointments up to 7pm and on Saturdays means that hard working parents don’t have to sacrifice valuable work time to get their child’s brace adjusted.

Bearing in mind that this is usually a monthly commitment over the duration of treatment it will save a lot of time off – combine this with state of the art brace systems that get the job done quicker and the savings really mount up.

Furthermore, many parents worry about taking their child out of school for half a day a month and the effect this may have on their schooling.

No Waiting List

NHS waiting times to start treatment are often 18 months plus. Given that most children will be told they have to wait until ‘all the adult teeth are through’ before they even start treatment, many ortho treatments won’t begin until a child is 14 or 15, meaning that their braces will be bothering them right through to the time when they are trying to concentrate on their GCSE examinations…not to mention the fact that at 15 or so kids are concerned with their appearance..

At Winning Smiles we often start treatment around 11 or 12 (or earlier for our ‘early intervention cases – see below) which means that by 13 or 14 treatment is complete – often around the time their GCSE syllabus is starting

Early Intervention

In a significant number of cases, orthodontic treatment should be started prior to a child’s pubertal growth spurt to obtain the best results. We know that in such cases treatment can be finished much earlier, extractions can be avoided and the final result is just so much better (wider smiles, better function).

We routinely check our children to see if they require this type of early intervention orthodontics and will start treatment as early as 8 years if necessary. This way the treatment is finished much earlier.

If these same cases are treated at 13 the amount of time with the train tracks on is much increased and often extractions are needed which results in fewer teeth to eat with and a noticeably narrower smile.

Faster treatment

Using the most up to date orthodontic systems means that treatments that used to take 2 years or more can now be reduced to around 18 months. These systems (eg Damon braces) cost quite a bit more than conventional systems but this is more than offset by the convenience of reduced treatment time, reduced number of visits to the clinic etc.

All cases treated from the mild to complex

As mentioned above. Many parents have to come to terms with their child being refused orthodontics on the NHS because they are told their teeth are ‘not crooked enough’. We regularly treat these mild cases and they can often be completed in 6 months or less and our reduced fees reflect the simplicity of such cases – monthly payment terms still available.

Discreet braces and clear aligners

Despite the well-publicised celebrity orthodontic cases of recent years (eg Tom Cruise) many parents and children haven’t fallen in love with the ‘Brace Face’ look. Many of our orthodontic systems are discreet and ‘cosmetic’ – we use the same systems for our young patients as we do for our adults because we know that many patients prefer not to advertise the fact that they are having treatment.

We are also Invisalign Teen accredited which means that we routinely provide Invisalign ‘almost invisible aligners’ for our younger patients. Not just train-tracks (although even our train tracks are of the cosmetic variety, discreet, white brackets).

Dental Plan

We also now offer our dental plan to any child whether the parent is registered with us or not.

The Free Consultation

Without seeing things for ourselves, we can’t tell people what their options are.

And so with that in mind, we are happy to offer free consultations, as this is a big decision for most people. We are careful to take budget, comfort and appearance into account when explaining all the available choices and there is never any pressure to proceed, and certainly not on the day.

We set out to be a friendly practice and try to provide everybody with what’s right for them, at an affordable cost. We hope our dentist reviews give that impression.

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Children’s Private Orthodontics Price List

The following costs for Children’s Private Orthodontics are correct when written, but they can change. We will provide written pricing for each ‘cosmetic treatment’ as part of our free consultation.You don’t have to be a member to have treatment at Winning Smiles.

Dental Plan£21.85/month
Mouth GuardsMember Pricing From
Sports Guard£155
Bite Guard£289
Children's TreatmentMember Pricing From
Children (5-16)£40
Examination (under 5 years old)FREE
Fissure Sealant£39
Examination (6-16 years old)£40
Routine Hygiene if parent's on plan£40
Deciduous Filling£39
Extraction of Deciduous Tooth£42
Permanent Filling as per adult fees

What they say about us

Trying Invisalign

As a patient who started Invisalign aged 50, I have been wearing my Invisible braces for 9 months so far. My total treatment time is 1 year for the top set, and 2 years for the bottom set. The improvement to date of my dreadfully crooked teeth is just incredible. I won’t pretend it is an easy ride, BUT it is well worth doing if you are as embarrassed as I was about your teeth. I feel positively excited about my future perfect smile. Thanks Michael, (and the girls) for looking after me SO well! Kindest regards from Ruth

Gill – Adult Teeth Straightening

Having just finished my Invisalign treatment I feel I must write and thank the whole team at Winning Smiles.

Thinking at the age of 57 there was no way anything could be done for my crooked teeth. I thought I would enquire as my husband had undergone extensive implant work and the result was amazing and very successful.

I had attended an NHS dentist reqularly and thought my teeth must be in a reasonable condition, but after a consultation with Andrew I realised just how bad a condition they were in.

After a few appointments with Andrew and the Hygienist I was referred to ‘Andrew’s Dad’ Mr Fennell for my Invisalign treatment.

It has taken about 18months but the result is really great. The standard of care throughout was professional and friendly from all of the team.

I would thoroughly recommend Invisalign, you get used to wearing the aligners almost immediately and nobody even knows you are having treatment. I am more confident now when I smile than I have ever been!

Thank you Winning Smiles once again and I look forward to my next checkup!