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12/07/2014 at 19:20
Has anyone has braces fitted courtesy of NHS whilst pregnant?
its something I've always thought of as my top row is wonky & overlaps on the left hand side - not really really badly but noticeable. I know dental care is free on NHS for a year after baby's birth. If possible I would like braces courtesy of NHS to correct my teeth.
Has anyone done this? Any experiences To share?
12/07/2014 at 19:33
As far as I'm aware if your over 18 and it's cosmetic you have to pay for them, so I doubt you would get them on your mat exemption certificate as its not necessary treatment, if that makes sense! My sister had braces at 22 and had to pay for them for the 2 years they were on
12/07/2014 at 19:42
they only do essential work when pregnant/have maternity exemption
12/07/2014 at 21:59
Um, I think it’s highly unlikely that you would get braces for free. Unless you claimed your teeth were ruining your life or something.
12/07/2014 at 22:04
I thought it sounded too good to be true but a few people have said they heard of people managing it - I might ring my dentist just to check. If free or reduced I think I would go for it but They don't bother me enough to fork out a couple of grand for it .
12/07/2014 at 22:07
I think it’s probably bull. The other thing is there will be a waiting list, and as an adult you would probably need them on for 3 years. So you’d have to pay for most of it anyway even if you could get the dentist to agree.
13/07/2014 at 06:54
I'm pretty sure I spoke to my dentist about it when pregnant last time and she said because it'd now be classed as cosmetic, and I'm over 18, I'd have to pay. It's something I'm thinking about for next year, I went as far as having a private consultation and quote 2 years ago but left it. My teeth now seem to just be getting worse with age so I think I'm going to bite the bullet!
13/07/2014 at 08:40
As the others have said its cosmetic so not free. Tbh nhs braces are pretty poor! I had them when I was about 19/20 wore them 2/3ish years and they all moved back! My teeth have moved both pregnancies but as I know this one is my last I'm going to go private and get them fixed properly x
13/07/2014 at 08:48
I asked about braces when I was about 15. The dentist showed me a chart with different severities of crooked teeth, with 1 being perfect and 10 being the worst overbite/crookedness possible. She said my teeth were a 2 or 3, and they'd need to be a 5 to have free treatment, which was really quite noticeable. ( or something like that.) So even back then my slightly wonky front tooth didn't qualify me for anything. :-(
13/07/2014 at 12:31
I looked in to this but it's not dental work, it's orthodontics, which isn't free for adults under any circumstances. The NHS doesn't do cosmetic work at all, you can't even pay for it, you need to go private.
18/07/2014 at 11:53
Had an app with my dentist tis morning & he is referring me for NHS braces which will be free because the consultation with orthodontist will be done within a year of baby's birth. - although the NHS braces only cost £400 anyway. because he is referring me I don't have to pay the £100 consultation charge either. If you qualify under NHS guidelines & have the consultation while pregnant or within a year of baby's birth then you should have no problems.
While I am based in NI, it's still the NHS although I appreciate different areas will be have different guidelines. Just to let anyone thinking of doing it that you may be able to get it done FOC.
18/07/2014 at 12:59
Wow, I'm genuinely shocked. No wonder the NHS is broke!
18/07/2014 at 13:41
I'm quite shocked too, any dentist Iv been to in my pregnancies (my teeth crumble in pregnancy ), won't even do white fillings, they tend to just patch up the teeth then Iv needed to go back after the birth for either a permanent filling or further work. Maybe it's just your area, seems like such an unnecessary spend when the nhs is on it's knees (I'm not saying that about you btw I just don't understand how your dentist would justify it iykwim)
18/07/2014 at 15:34
Well I used to attend a dental unit in a hospital for my bad gums & had my wisdom teeth removed for ease of cleaning etc to help my gums so this is basically an extension of it from my dentists point of view rather than being totally cosmetic. I'm not getting into a discussion about the NHS being broke or whatever, it's problems certainly don't fall on one eligible person using £500 of it's money.
19/07/2014 at 00:00
Presumably they are train tracks though? I'm looking for an invisible system, it's only my front teeth so looking at an Inman aligner. In Scotland the NHS don't do orthodontics for adults at all, aside from issues following on from serious illness or injury, so there won't be a similar opportunity up here.
19/07/2014 at 15:06
Yep train tracks, it's my top row only too but for a year out of my life that doesn't bother me. The white train tracks are £1100 on NHS - I think the ones you mention are only available as private treatment.
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