Childrens Braces

Old Jul 4th 2013, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by chris955 View Post
I have been reading up on braces through the NHS and they seem to be widely available and definitely not just for severe cases. It was thought one of my boys might need them and we were told it wasnt a problem getting them but fortunately his teeth are correcting themselves.
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Well I only know what I was told when young spark went to see the orthodontist - they had photos of severe cases, and we were told that he would have to be in that category to get nhs funded braces.
From NHS Orthodontics:
NHS orthodontic treatment is free for people under the age of 18 with a clear clinical need for treatment. However, due to high demand there can be a long waiting list for NHS orthodontic treatment.

If you or your child does not qualify for free NHS treatment, or you don't want to wait for treatment to start, you may choose to have private treatment. Private treatment is widely available but can be expensive, with an average fee of between £2,000 and £6,000.
Depends on how clear clinical need is determined - and even then there's a huge waiting list.
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Originally Posted by old.sparkles View Post
As I said, he has a slight underbite I think it's called (lower teeth are slightly in front of upper teeth) and I would have had to pay.
Oh I got it wrong...DD must have an overbite -top teeth stick out further than bottom ones. She has a goofy smile.
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Both daughter's braces were about $5k. Only problem with the tax back is if you pay in installments you can't claim because you tend not to have paid over the $2,060 in one year. Always worth getting a second and third opinion. A friend was quoted $7k for her son's braces, went to another Orthodontist and was quoted $5.5k for identical work.
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Originally Posted by old.sparkles View Post
Well I only know what I was told when young spark went to see the orthodontist - they had photos of severe cases, and we were told that he would have to be in that category to get nhs funded braces.
My son saw an NHS orthodontist just before we left the UK. I was told he would need braces in 18 months time. It wasn't going to cost us anything but is going to cost us $ 6000 in Aus
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Old Jan 20th 2014, 6:42 am
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My son saw an NHS orthodontist just before we left the UK. I was told he would need braces in 18 months time. It wasn't going to cost us anything but is going to cost us $ 6000 in Aus
Can you go back on a 'holiday' to the UK and get the work done?
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Can you go back on a 'holiday' to the UK and get the work done?
This would not be possible.Checkups are required every six weeks or so.Long way to go for check ups.
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Old Jan 20th 2014, 8:28 am
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This would not be possible.Checkups are required every six weeks or so.Long way to go for check ups.
I meant just go for the braces and then get it checked up in Aus!
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I meant just go for the braces and then get it checked up in Aus!
An Australian orthodontist will more than likely not do this.In fact if you already have a brace on when you arrive they will want it removed and started again.
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An Australian orthodontist will more than likely not do this.In fact if you already have a brace on when you arrive they will want it removed and started again.
Yes our eldest had a brace fitted in the UK and here it was removed and a new one fitted, must admit the Aussie brace was far superior to the British one! They halved the price as he was part way through his treatment too.
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Originally Posted by irishbloo View Post
An Australian orthodontist will more than likely not do this.In fact if you already have a brace on when you arrive they will want it removed and started again.
A friend of ours daughter came out with one on and got the check ups and everything done here on the Gold Coast without taking the original off.
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Why all the concern about braces, it's UnBritish we are supposed to have crooked wonky teeth
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Why all the concern about braces, it's UnBritish we are supposed to have crooked wonky teeth
True, it's usually (not always) a complete scam. I think chicks with wonky teeth are sexy. Big noses too.
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I didn't realise that once your teeth were straight that you had to have a wire fitted permanently behind them to stop them going wonky again. DD is against having a permanent wire.
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I didn't realise that once your teeth were straight that you had to have a wire fitted permanently behind them to stop them going wonky again. DD is against having a permanent wire.
And that wire needs to be adjusted, let J's go for 6 months and one tooth has decided to move now have to drag back to brisbane for adjustment.
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I didn't realise that once your teeth were straight that you had to have a wire fitted permanently behind them to stop them going wonky again. DD is against having a permanent wire.
I know, we were the same and had no idea that teeth do seem to have mind of their own... makes you wonder why we are paying the $7k in the first place if they are just going to go back to where they came from without the permanent wire..we were told the youngest would have to have it on for 6 years afterwards... apparently you can't feel it... makes you wonder how we survived on the NHS dental scheme when we were kids...
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