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Braces For Kids and Teens

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“I love my braces! My teeth are moving really fast”

Lots of children and teenagers need braces. Before you start to freak out about becoming a “metal mouth” or having to wear “ugly betty” style braces, don’t!

There are braces available which are almost invisible or hidden behind your teeth, so no one at school need know you are wearing braces!

What are braces?

Under the NHS, the braces that you will be fitted with are conventional metal braces. Traditional braces consist of small brackets which are placed on your teeth with an arch wire running through them. The teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth.

As well as metal braces, at Sparkle Dental Boutique, we also offer a range of other braces including


When would I need braces?

We will first assess whether you need braces at the age of 7, when your baby teeth start to fall out and your adult teeth start to push through.

With early assessment, we can 'intercept' or treat your dental concerns before your teeth have fully developed, leading to better dental facial aesthetics, better bite and function.

Braces are used to correct many problems:

  • Overly crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth maybe caused by thumb sucking
  • Gaps
  • Bad bite
  • Overbite - when your top jaw bone is bigger than the lower jaw
  • Underbite - when your lower jaw is bigger than your upper jaw

Can I have NHS braces?

Children under the age of 18 years of age must be assessed for NHS orthodontic treatment.

The Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) is used to decide which cases are severe enough to merit treatment funded by the NHS.

At Sparkle, we will check whether you are able to have braces under the NHS. If you are suitable for NHS braces, we will refer you to an NHS orthodontist, where you will have metal braces fitted. You may however have to wait a number of months or years before your treatment can be started.

If you do not qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment or if you do not want NHS metal braces then we can see you at Sparkle for your orthodontic treatment.

What is the procedure?

We will start by taking some x-rays and photographs of your teeth. We will then take some models of your teeth ready for your braces to be fitted.

At your next visit, we will fit your braces. You can choose from a range of braces including:

We will see you every 4 - 6 weeks and adjust the braces to help your teeth move safely and comfortably.

Once your braces are fitted, you cannot eat certain foods as you may knock a bracket off your tooth which will mean an extra visit.

In order to look after your teeth and braces, it is best to avoid:

  • Eating toffees, boiled sweets, chewing gum, chocolates
  • Fizzy drinks and fruit juices
  • Eating hard foods, which may damage the braces such as crunchy apple and crusty bread

What are the benefits of private treatment?

  • You are not limited to "tin grin" metal braces
  • You can feel more confident and less awkward about wearing braces, as some of our braces options are nearly invisible
  • You can have your braces fitted sooner and avoid NHS waiting lists
  • Many of our braces options are much faster, so you will need fewer appointments and your treatment will finish sooner
  • Your braces will not impact on your social life or self esteem whilst going through school
  • You can continue to play sports or play musical instruments

How will I feel after treatment?

  • Some braces are fixed to your teeth and so you have to take extra care cleaning your teeth. Food can get stuck in your braces and if not removed may cause cavities, which will need fillings.
  • When you first have your braces fitted and at your follow up appointments, you may feel tension in your mouth as your teeth start to move into their new position. This is usually temporary and your mouth will adapt to your braces within a few days.
  • The way you talk may be different. However, this will improve as you get used to your braces.

How long will my it take?

Most children and teenagers will wear their braces for 12 – 24 months. It does however depend on your individual needs and how crooked or crowded your teeth are.

Free retainers

Wearing a retainer after your orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps your teeth stable in their new position. To help you maintain your new smile, we provide a free retainer for you at the end of your braces treatment.

In addition, after completing your treatment, our Orthodontist will also see you for a further two complimentary appointments at six monthly intervals, to ensure all is well.

How much will my Braces cost?

We understand that price is an important consideration. Like any orthodontic treatment, the cost of your braces is dependent on the type of brace that you are having, your suitability for treatment, the complexity of your treatment and how long your treatment will take.

When you come to see us for your first consultation, we will determine the most appropriate braces treatment for you and provide you with a treatment plan and cost.

  • Any breakages of the brace, bracket and wires are included.
  • All scheduled appointments and aftercare are included in our prices.
  • There are no hidden extras.

All of our brace treatments come with a flexible payment plan to suit your needs.

To obtain an estimate for the total cost for your treatment, please call 020 8567 4344 for your consultation or email us.

Before & Afters

Photo of crooked teeth before Metal braces
Photo of straight teeth after Metal braces

Child complaining of tooth stuck up. Treated orthodontically with metal braces without extractions, the treatment took 9 months.
Photo courtesy of Dr Rula Kotby

Photo of crooked teeth before ceramic braces
Photo of straight teeth after ceramic braces

Patient is a teenager complaining of gappy teeth and teeth stick out too much explaining it as a goofy smiler and being bullied at school for that. Treated with growth modifying ceramic appliances and train track braces, without extractions. Treatment time 18 months. Same results can be achieved with Invisalign teen.
Photo courtesy of Rula Kotby

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Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT

phone 020 8567 4344

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday:

8.30am – 5.00pm


By appointment only.