“Are you one of the growing number of frantic parents in the MK area who are trying to access NHS orthodontic treatment for your teenager? Waiting lists are growing longer all the time, from 18 months to 3 years in some areas. Unfortunately, teenagers grow very rapidly, and waiting too long for orthodontic treatment can have challenging consequences further down the line” says Dr Teresa from Appledore Dental Clinic in Milton Keynes
The British Orthodontic Society would like all children who need treatment to be able to access it at the optimum time in their development, on average at about the age of 12. According to the legislation, any child deemed by a specialist to need treatment is entitled to receive it. NHS Local Commissioning Teams have been able to control the size of contracts held by orthodontists. This means that sometimes there is a mismatch between the number of patients who want and qualify for treatment and the availability of funding, resulting in a waiting list. British Orthodontic Society, May 2021.
NHS WAITING LISTS ARE 2-3 YEARS IN SOME AREAS
Unfortunately, Covid has not helped this situation and we are aware that the same kids who have been disadvantaged with their schooling during this period will also be disadvantaged with their dental care; with many missing their dental check-ups during the lockdowns. The good thing is that at Appledore we offer FREE dental check-ups for children.
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT OUR TEEN-ORTHO CLINIC EVERY TUESDAY?
Appledore is a private dental clinic in MK, and we wish to support our local community by making teenage orthodontics more accessible, so we’re offering a basic range of reasonably priced, NHS style orthodontic treatments which are suitable for teens aged 12-15. We aim only to cover our basic running costs and will run our Teen-Ortho clinic every Tuesday from 9am to 3pm*. Teen-Ortho patients will be seen either by myself or Dr Gemma Bunton**, and although Appledore is not a specialist orthodontic clinic, we have many decades of quality experience and many happy patients in this area of dentistry.
*Any treatment outside of our Ortho-Teen Tuesday Clinic will be subject to our normal price list. ** Neither Dr Teresa nor Dr Gemma are specialist Orthodontists.
REASONABLY PRICED TEEN ORTHODONTICS AND EASY WAYS TO PAY!
After the Initial Assessment, you’ll receive a full treatment plan and costings. We’ll explain the recommended treatment, and how long you can expect it to take. We’ll go through the check-up schedule and any hygiene procedures that will need to be followed. We can discuss the costs and any suitable finance options available including Appledore’s easy pay, 10-month interest free credit plan (subject to credit check).
Below are our very reasonable charges for these teen orthodontics, if you’d like more information, please call 01908 230 209 to book an appointment.
Initial Assessment £15
OPG scan X-Ray £35
- a)Fixed appliances (straightforward) £2000
- b)Fixed appliances (complex) £2750
Retainers (x 3 sets) £350