Fact File & FAQ

FAQ for Children & Teens
Answers to the most commonly asked questions by parents
Will I need to have teeth extracted?
Read more about if and why, as well as the alternatives
What is the IOTN?
The Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) is used by the NHS to decide which patients under the age of 18 are severe enough to warrant treatment on dental health grounds
Advice for musicians
Wind and brass players often have specific concerns before and during treatment. The information in this section aims to provide practical advice on orthodontic treatment if you are a musician.
Orthodontics & contact sports
Find out about how to protect your teeth and brace if you play contact sports. Always remember to ask you orthodontist or dentist if you have any questions or concerns.
Orthodontics & The NHS
Find out about accessing and funding for NHS treatment as well as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN).
Looking After Your Braces
Already got braces? Read about the BOS's advice to keeping your teeth and gums healthy
Moving & transferring children during treatment
It is undoubtedly preferable not to start treatment with one orthodontist and then to move on to another orthodontist in a different location. If you know you are about to move it is better to wait until you have arrived at your new location.