Dr Yvonne Mackenzie will provide private orthodontic treatment to children over 10 years old and adults of any age. Treatment can usually start immediately, with a wide range of options and extra benefits.
She can also offer treatment under the NHS for children under 18 who meet the criteria and require braces for dental health reasons. However, they may have to wait several months before treatment can start.
A variety of different appliances (braces) may be used:
Fixed brace (train-track). The preferred option for children because it allows the orthodontist to be very precise about the position of the teeth, leading to excellent results and a lovely smile. Fixed braces in fun and funky colours are popular with children and teenagers who find them a fashion accessory that is rather cool to wear.
Removable brace. For minor corrections or for treating jaw discrepancies in children.
Functional brace. A removable brace that works on the upper and lower teeth at the same time.
Retaining brace. You will usually be asked to wear a removable retaining brace for at least six months to prevent the teeth from drifting back to their old positions.
Cosmetic brace. This works exactly like a train-track brace but is tooth-coloured to blend naturally with your own teeth. These braces are very popular with adults wanting a more subtle way to improve their smile.
Modern techniques and technology can gently straighten both children’s and adults’ teeth. Tooth-coloured attachments make fixed braces almost invisible
What will happen at your first appointment?
Should you decide to go ahead, we will take x-rays and impressions (moulds) of your mouth. These help us to plan appropriate treatment and provide a useful before-and-after comparison once treatment is completed.
A second appointment will then be arranged to discuss the diagnosis, agree a treatment plan and give you a clear idea of how long the treatment will take (up to 24 months, depending on the work that needs to be done) and how much it will cost.
Further appointments will then be arranged to start you on the road to a better and more beautiful smile!
Treatment on the NHS: NHS Orthodontic treatment can be provided for children under 18 who, following certain assessment tests, meet the prescribed criteria and require braces for dental health reasons. Patients who wish to be treated under the NHS will be placed on a waiting list and will be offered an appointment at some time in the future. An indication of the waiting list will be given with the acknowledgement of the referral for treatment. NHS appointments are generally only available in the mornings. To be elegible for NHS treatment, patients must meet certain criteria.