This spring the British Government is forcing a new service contract on doctors including new pay scales, changes in opening hours and surgery arrangements.
Now dentists are not normally a complaining profession, but there's now open rebellion amongst them about this new contract. And they're determined not to be bullied.
As a result, thousands of scholars are refusing to accept the new contract and will quit the NHS at the end of March. This will create mayhem for clients – and especially for the five million of us who seek emergency treatment for toothache each year!
Many clients seeking treatment on the NHS will just be treated. And those dentists who accept the new NHS contract will face a flood of new clients. The vast majority will again be turned away as even before this dental bust up, there was an appalling shortage of dentists. Waiting lists are bound to stretch into the ether!
As a result, if you're desperate for treatment to a broken tooth or an abscess, or even want a check up, you'll be forced to search out one of the community based and NHS operated dental surgeries. If you're not sure where to find one, ask your Doctor for details of the closest to you. Unfortunately, the odds are it'll be miles away. Long journeys and a hospital style queue will be the norm. Getting dental treatment will be a days job!
For many of us, going private is the only practical solution. The cynical amongst us may suspect that that's what the government wanted all along!
Going private means getting an appointment when you want one rather than waiting for ages with the NHS, and the ability to pick and choose your dentist. But it will not be cheap. The only good news is there are solutions to control your costs.
Essentially you have four financial options: pay yourself as you go, dental insurance, capitalization schemes or cash plans. Let's consider the financial help you can buy:
The insurance industry has responded with a wide range of varying dental insurance policies. The following are just a few typical examples to give you a favor:
The Axa PPP Healthcare's Dental Costguard policy is designed to cover you just for dental emergencies and not routine work – you'll have to pay those cost all by yourself. But emergency treatment often works out expensive so Axa's policy does have merit. Axa's benefits include:
o Up to £ 10,000 cover per year for treatment following a dental accident (up to £ 2,500 per incident).
o Up to £ 250 emergency temporary treatment per incident in the UK and £ 500 per incident if you're overseas. That's up to a maximum payout of £ 1,000 per year.
o Up to £ 100 per incident for dentist call-out charges upto £ 200 per year.
o £ 50 per night if you'r in hospital under the care of a maxillo-facial or oral surgeon. Again, that's subject to a £ 1,000 annual maximum.
o Oral cancer is insured up to up to £ 25,000.
o Dentist's charges are reimbursed directly to you.
o And Axa provides a 24 hour helpline providing dental advice.
And the cost? It's £ 7.95 per month for a single policy or £ 9.95 for a policy to insure a couple.
If you want a policy that covers both emergency and routine work, a policy such as WPS's Providential policy could fit the bill. It provides a basic level of dentistry cover. Policyholders have to pay the first 25% of each treatment but can claim up to £ 250 per year towards routine treatment including check-ups, visits to the hygienist and fillings. Emergency dental treatment can be claimed up to £ 1,000 per year but cover for accidental dental injury is limited to £ 250 per treatment. For those aged between 18 and 49 the premium is £ 12.48 and it's £ 15.90 per month for those aged between 50 and 69.
For only £ 6 per month you can get basic dental cover with Universal Provident. Their policy insures you for up to £ 1,000 per year for routine work but it will not pay for check-ups. Accidental damage up to £ 1,000 per year and dental emergencies are insured up to £ 5,000 per year.
Many policies also place a maximum on the number of dental treatments that they'll pay for each year. For example, the policy from Boot's limits your claims to two check-ups, one crown and four fills a year up to £ 500. Boot's policies start at £ 9 per month.
So, as you can see from this tiny selection of policies, there are lots of options and lots of aspects to consider.
These are more expensive – but you pay for what you get! Before taking up a policy, your dentist has to make an assessment of your dental health and place you in one of, normally, five treatment groups. This will determine how much your scheme costs. The better your dental condition, the less you pay.
For example, Denplan's dental care scheme costs between £ 9 and £ 30 per month and they tell us that the average price is £ 16.
Cash Back Plans
The last alternative is a combined health cash plan. Dental care is covered along with a wide range of other health treatments such as optical treatment, hospital treatment, physiotherapy, chiropody even allergy testing. Each policy spells out exactly what is insured and the maximum value you can claim to for each type of health treatment. There's plenty of choice as most cash back plans offer three or four alternative levels of benefit. The more you pay, the more you are able to claim.
Some plans allow you to reclaim all of the cost up to the annual maximum set in each health category; some will only pay a proportion of the cost. With cash back plans, the maximum cover for dentistry tend to be in the £ 70 to £ 200 per year range depending on the policy you choose and the level of cover you choose.
For examples of back cash plans, visit the following web sites and click on "cash plans" when you get there: http://www.securehealth.co.uk and [http://www.hsa.co.uk].
How to find the best deals in Dental cover
As with most types of insurance, you'll find it cheapest on the Internet. Many companies give a 10% discount for buying on the Internet. Search for "dental insurance" but use the UK variant of your favorite search engine – otherwise masses of American sites will pop up!
The best sites are those that either compare dental plans or those which are operated by a specialist dental insurance broker. With these brokers, you submit your details and come back with the options and dental policies that best suit your requirements. They'll also be on the look out for special offers.
But if you are determined to go direct to an insurance company, you can still do it on the Internet – but it's illegally that you'll stumble on exactly the best policy! There are so many to choose from! And the broker will probably find it for you cheaper. So, it will come as no surprise to you that we recommend the broker route!
If you have crooked teeth, a overbite, or gaps in between your teeth, you may qualify for orthodontic treatment that can correct your bite and give you a straight smile. Many people mistakenly think that braces are only available for children, but in fact orthodontics can be used to benefit just about any age group. To determine whether or not orthodontic treatment may be the right option for you, it's helpful to first take a look at the types of problems that this treatment can solve, as well as what the various benefits of orthodontic treatment are. The first step towards any treatment is to sit down with your dentist for X-rays and a consultation, however.
There are numerous problems that orthodontics is meant to treat. Some of these can include gaps between the teeth, affected teeth, a overbite or underbite, or crooked teeth. If your smile does not line up correctly and you have a crooked bite, then gently moving the teeth through orthodontic treatment may get your teeth back in the right order, giving you a smooth, straight smile and a well-aligned bite. This full process can take anywhere from 18 months to three years for completion, although this number may vary on the individual.
Some of the methods used to do this include the use of traditional braces as well as other forms of movement brackets. The full-on headgear and rubber bands of the past are still used in extreme cases, but with the latest orthodontics methods on the market you can move your teeth without anyone notice in many cases. Some of the benefits of straightening your smile can include improving your self-confidence, and producing a better facial profile by realigning the jaws for cosmetic purposes.
Other benefits associated with orthodontics include the possibility of improving the bite, reducing the risk of potential injury or tooth loss in the case of protruding teeth, and making tea easier to clean. When they are crowded together, flossing and brushing can prove to be difficult, while straight teeth with even spaces can be monitored more closely for hygienic purposes. Having straight teeth can make it easier to speak and eliminate any stress or pressure on the jaw joints, while reducing stress on the surface of teeth. These are but a few of the benefits that are associated with proper orthodontic treatment.
Generally, although orthodontics can be performed at any age, the youngger the patient is, the better, after the initial permanent teeth have come in. The ideal age for many orthodontists is to start with patients around the age of 12 or 13. This is because youngger patients have bones and teeth that are easier to move, and tend to have less dental work such as implants or bridges to work around. However, with orthodontic technology having growing in leaps and bounds in recent years, it's possible to treat patients of any age and condition, for a smooth, straight, and hygienic smile. For best results, the teeth and gums should be healthy before treatment commences.[Top]
Are you confused about how to deal with your dental misalignment? Well, you need not be anymore. The advancement in cosmetic dentistry has reached a point where it can satisfy all your expectations, but of course, only if you can afford the cost. Anyhow, if you are ready to have your teeth restructured, you must have made necessary provisions you would need to face a full-fledged orthodontic treatment course. Anyhow, you should know that nowadays there are special insurance plans available for cosmetic dental treatments.
This is a new addition in the field of medical insurance industry. However, insurance covers for cosmetic procedures can cost you dearly. Yet it is something to think about when you consider it in the light of constantly rising prices for various orthodontic treatments. Your dentist can provide you with better guidance in this regard. Alternately, you can inquire with your private medical insurance provider. You may also find online sources claiming to offer cosmetic dental insurance coverage but you never know how reliable these sources can be.
Proceeding further, your next responsibility is to find a good cosmetic dentist, also called as an orthodontist in the medical world. Orthodontic treatments are generally lengthy. It would take anywhere between 6 months to 2 years for a single treatment to conclude. The duration naturally depends on the severity of your issue. During this treatment course, your dentist would require you to have several appointments. Depending on the treatment modality, you would be visiting your dentist at least once in a month. Keeping this aspect in mind, it would be more feasible if you find a cosmetic dentist function near your locality. So you can save time and energy on traveling.
You should also check the credentials and service quality of your dentist before agreeing for any kind of treatment plan. Remember, apart from being time-consuming cosmetic dental treatments are highly expensive. Here, unfortunately if you end up with an incompetent dentist, you could have robbed of your money as well as time. Even your dental health can be in jeopardy. So, be cautious of unskilled and inexperienced dentists who are in this profession only to become rich. Ensure that your dentist holds a master's degree in dental surgery.
Finally, ensure that you are fit enough for a long-term dental treatment. Orthodontic treatments generally require high levels of oral and dental hygiene. You might not be able to continue with your old eating habits. Depending on the safety requirements of your orthodontic equipment, your dentist would dictate new diet rules which may limit your choices. Before starting the treatment, you should discuss all your dental issues in detail. These issues are not limited to the present ones. You should dislose your entourage past dental history to your doctor. If you are prone to toothaches or inflammatory gum diseases, you would be requiring special care and treatment. If you are suffering from weakened teeth or gums, your dentist would not proceed with any orthodontic procedure until you are successfully treated for your other issues.[Top]
By looking at the dental condition of your children at this stage, dentists can actually predict the dental problems they may face in the future. Enabling them to advise treatment before the problem has a chance to develop.
The dental framework of children between the ages of 6-10 is still developing. This makes them much more responsive to any form of treatment. Orthodontic treatment can help assure that the permanent teeth, that they are yet to grow, reside in their corrected positions.
Benefits of Early Treatment
Early dental assessment and orthodontic treatment has many advantages:
• Dentists can develop a better idea as to what dental problems a child may suffer from in the future
• Prevent the need for young patients to undergo more invasive and painful treatments later on
• Significantly improve a child's smile and appearance
• Serves to boost the confidence and self-esteem of young children and prevent them from feeling dissatisfied with their looks
• Dentists can instruct children to discontinue any habits that may be harmful to their teeth like thumb-sucking or tongue pushing
The Purpose of a Dental Evaluation
A dental evaluation is not only for kids that require early orthodontic treatment. Its purpose is to assess the general dental wellness of children and their parents. It is important for families to create a bond with their dentist or orthodontist, so that in the future if their assistance is required parents or kids are not hesitant to pay them a visit and seek treatment.
Dental Conditions that would require Early Orthodontic Treatment
The following are all dental conditions that can be effectively rated through early orthodontic treatment
• Cross Bite
• Open Bite
• Deep Bite
• Misaligned teeth
• Spaces between teeth
• Missing Teeth
Early Orthodontic Treatment
If upon examination your orthodontist concludes that your child does in fact require orthodontic treatment. Then the treatment will be followed through a two-phase process. The first phase will begin while your child is still young and the second phase will be followed when he has matured and his permanent teeth have settled in.
The reason for this two-way approach is so that dentists can correct each aspect of their teeth at the right time; when the teeth are either still developing or when they have fully developed.
The First Phase
The first phase of orthodontic treatment basically serves to assure that the young teeth are growing in the right positions, children have not developed any bad dental habits, the jaw, lips and teeth are all functioning smoothly and most importantly, to insure that no problem develops in the future as well.
The Second Phase
In the final phase of orthodontic treatment, dentists work to make the teeth of patients absolutely flawless. In this phase, the treatment takes the approach of a more permanent solution that will effectively last a whole lifetime.
After the common belief that if we brush our teeth they can a lifetime, there are some diseases that can affect even the most cautious cleaners. Unlike tooth decay that is primarily caused due to poor dental hygiene, gum diseases such as periodontal disease can happen to people with perfect health, albeit less frequently. Since the disease is caused due to a build-up of bacteria-filled plaque in between the gums and teeth, there is a different procedure for both preventive measures and the treatment of the diseased gum line than traditional dental care, which primarily focuses on preventing tooth decay.
Like any ailment, prevention is more effective than even the best form of treatment for periodontal disease, which with the proper knowledge can only take out about 5 minutes of your day on cleaning your teeth. While it may seem obvious, one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause or worsen periodontal disease is to regularly brush the lower parts of the teeth that connect to the gums. Along with proper brushing with a fluoride paste, you should floss around the roots of teeth to prevent the plaque buildup that can loosen the gums and cause further complications.
It is important to be aware of the fact that some conditions that can make a predisposed individual more susceptible to developing periodontal disease. Family history of the disease can greatly increase your predisposition to being affected by it and it is a good idea to alert your dentist if it runs in your family. People who partake in tobacco use in the form of cigarettes or chew also greatly increase their odds of getting infections in their gums.
Periodontal disease is usually treatable when done early by a dentist with knowledge of the symptoms. Bleeding or receding gums and loose feeling teeth, accompanied by a lingering bad taste, may be warning signs that you are developing periodontal disease and it is urgent that you seek treatment. If you are concerned that you may have the beginning symptoms of the disease, call your local dentist and schedule an appointment so they can begin taking steps to hinder the development and prevent further infections. Untreated periodontal disease has even been linked to developing heart disease.
The standard procedure for treating periodontal disease often involves a thorough cleaning of the area of the gums that corresponds to the roots of the teeth, followed up with smoothing the roots to prevent further infections. However, for more severe cases that result in tooth loss, implants and crowns may be necessary to protect the remaining teeth from further damage. If you have already diagnosed with periodontal disease or believe you have the symptoms, your dentist will give you an individualized treatment plan. Closely following this treatment plan can make a significant difference in your health.[Top]
Experts recommend that children visit an orthodontist by their seventh birthday. While most patients probably will not require orthodontic treatment this early, by creating a relationship with an orthodontist, he or she can monitor your child and determine the right time to begin treatment to ensure the best results.
While orthodontic treatment can be performed at any age, we can see better results at earlier ages. This is because the jaw is still growing, so it responds well to tooth movement. Early treatment can prevent the need for tooth extracts and surgeries in the future.
For some patients, treatment should begin before all of the permanent teeth have eruted. This two phase treatment will consist of a treatment phase, followed by a period of observation, and then an additional treatment phase to perfect the bite and functionality.
Orthodontists can see issues when permanent teeth start to come in, and can then use early intervention to correct crooked and misaligned teeth, as well as to preserve or create spaces for the permanent teeth to erupt. Orthodontists can also correct bite problems by guiding jaw growth, and even reduce speech problems caused by jaw issues.
It is important for parents to remember that early intervention treatment does not mean a child will not need additional work in the future. Instead, early treatment can lessen the severity of additional treatment because hopefully any problems have been made less complicated due to the early treatment.
During early orthodontic treatment, an appliance or partial braces will guide the developing jaw bones, creating a better environment for permanent teeth. In many cases, orthodontists can achieve results that otherwise would not be able to achieve if the treatment is left until the jawbone has stopped growing.
By visiting an experienced orthodontist, developmental issues that could turn into future heads can be detected and addressed before they have a chance to create even larger issues that are harder to correct. Issues your orthodontist should look for include crowding, premature loss of baby teeth, and cross bites.
If your child is past the age of seven and you have not yet schedule a consultation with an orthodontist, your child could benefit, especially if he or she has any of the following issues:
- Baby teeth fall out too early or too late
- Difficulty in chewing
- Mouth breathing
- Extended thumb sucking, or use of a bottle or pacifier
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Grinding teeth
- Biting into the roof of the mouth
- Front teeth that do not meet in a normal way, or do not meet at all.
You may wonder why, if your child is seeing a family dentist twice a year, you should still schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. Quite simply, your dentist may not catch early orthodontic issues because he or she is not trained to look for such problems. An orthodontist has specialized training and expertise that can easily identify issues that will turn into problems in the future if not properly treated.
The early phase of your child's treatment will correct bad habits, allow for proper biting, prevent a problem before it becomes serious, guide the growth of the jaw, guide permanent teeth into proper locations, and / or create a more pleasant appearance.
The second phase of treatment will then move the teeth to their proper locations, which will improve the function of the bite.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is specialized treatment that combines straightening teeth with correcting physical changes. The goal is to take advantage of the growing jaw bone and erupting permanent teeth to create the most ideal and functional smile.
Some parents may mistakenly believe that orthodontic treatment can not begin until all baby teeth have fallen out and the permanent teeth have erupted. This just simply is not true, and putting off treatment for too long can actually cause more harm than good. To achieve the best and most lasting results, early, two phase orthodontic treatment is the best answer.[Top]
Many people think of orthodontists as providing only traditional braces. However, orthodontics has come a long way in recent years and your orthodontist can treat problems with a wide variety of options. Braces can be made of many different materials optimized for strength, versatility or subtle appearance. Your treatment option may include standard braces on the outside of the teeth, clear ceramic braces that are more difficult to see, or lingual braces placed on the back of the teeth. Aligner trays are also used for orthodontic treatment. These are removable and needn’t stay in the mouth as permanently as braces.
Orthodontic treatments are not used solely to improve the appearance of the teeth, though this is usually the most noticeable change to onlookers. Having teeth that are properly aligned and a correct bite is very important. If your teeth are misaligned, you may not be able to clean them properly. When your floss and toothbrush can’t get the job done, your teeth will decay, develop cavities or even fall out. An incorrect bite can make it difficult to speak or eat. Over time, a bite that isn’t corrected will wear your teeth unevenly. Many such problems are also uncomfortable and even painful.
If you believe that you or your child may need orthodontic treatment, you should talk to your dentist or orthodontist right away. Treatment works best when it is performed on children and adolescents. The jaw and teeth are easier to reposition while the face is still growing and developing. Once a patient has reached adulthood, treatment may become more difficult. Different treatment options must be used and the time it will take for adjustment to be complete is usually much longer. This is not to say that adults cannot see a orthodontist however, as treatment options can always be explored.
There are many signs and symptoms that can indicate a need to see a orthodontist. With children, you should look for a very late or very early loss of baby teeth. Children who regularly suck their thumbs or keep other objects in the mouth on a regular basis are at greater risk for oral problems that will need to be treated with orthodontics. Difficulty speaking, chewing, biting and closing the mouth are other early signs of a problem that you should talk to a orthodontist about. Breathing through the mouth, though a more subtle sign may also indicate a problem.
Once all the teeth have come in, you will be able to see a more visible indication of whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. If the teeth appear crowded, out of place, or protrude from the mouth, this is a problem that may need to be corrected. If the child can bite into the roof of the mouth, frequently bites into the cheek or grinds and clenches his or her teeth, talk to a dentist or orthodontist immediately. Though treatment isn’t always possible until children lose their baby teeth, it’s important to talk to a orthodontist early so you can assess the situation and develop a plan of treatment.[Top]
If you are unsatisfied with the way your teeth look or function, orthodontics can help. Crooked, overcrowded, or protruding teeth have an effect on more than just your appearance. The positioning of your teeth can influence your susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease, the way the teeth align, in addition to your total oral health and well being.
Ortho Treatment changes the positioning of your teeth and in so doing improvements their appearance and functionality. Orthodontic treatment can also greatly enhance facial physical appearance and how your jaw muscles and joints operate. Using braces, retainers, or other devices to provide slight pressure over the span of several months or even years, your teeth can be slowly shifted into the desired location.
Orthodontic complications can be a result of accidents or behaviors, such as finger and thumb sucking or tongue-thrusting or may be caused by genetics. Your local orthodontist can treat the following orthodontic problems: crowed or crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, open bite (when the backside teeth match up and the front teeth do not), inadequate or excess of gaps in between your teeth, extra or missing teeth. Every orthodontic issue is different, but the most frequent orthodontic issues treated with children are often incomplete alignment, while for older patients it is crooked and crowding teeth.
Orthodontics may focus on dental removal only, or orthodontic treatment could also take care of the control and modification of facial structural growth. Orthodontic treatment may be performed for purely aesthetic motives as well, such as restoring the overall appearance of your teeth. In the end, treatment not only improves your visual appeal, but your oral health at the same time.
Crowded, crooked and protruding teeth have an effect on your physical appearance and may affect self confidence. Your teeth are also prone to decay and develop gum disease because they're more difficult to brush and floss thoroughly. Lots of people are unwilling to smile because of their teeth. Misaligned teeth change your bite, oftentimes leading to difficulty in chewing some foods as well as unnatural wearing of the teeth. Protruding teeth are more easily broken and chipped. Misaligned teeth can affect the positioning of your jaw bones, possibly triggering discomforts and muscle tension.
It's best to get started with orthodontics as early as possible. 75% of teenagers need orthodontic treatment, yet Much on the child's face is developed at this age. By leading facial development soon through the use of functional appliances, 79% of the orthodontic treatment can be corrected before the adult teeth are present. Young patients in between the ages of 8 and 11 tend to be far more cooperative than patients twelve to fourteen. One final benefit of earlier orthodontic treatment is the fact that children will be required to wear fixed braces on their adult teeth for less time.
As always, see your local orthodontist for an examination.[Top]
Teeth straightening were earlier known to be a painful process due to the use of metallic braces. However with the invention of Invisalign treatment this dilemma has been put to an end. The Invisalign teeth straightening process makes use of practically invisible aligners that are placed over the teeth, these are easily removable and do not interfere in your daily activities like the traditional braces. Below discussed are reasons supporting the use of invisible aligners.
Metallic braces Vs Invisalign treatment
• Metal braces make the teeth appear shabby as they pass between the teeth. On the other hand Invisalign treatment makes use of invisible aligners that are transparent.
• Traditional braces can cause trouble while chewing food and talking. Invisible aligners do not cause any such problems.
• Braces can cause pain while your dentist is setting them especially during the initial stages of attaching the spacers or separators. The Invisalign treatment is extremely simple and painless.
It is a highly advanced cosmetic dentistry procedure which is painless and does not hinder in the day-to-day activities of the patient. The purpose of these however remains the same ie to straighten and align the teeth structure and make them look pleasant to the eye. Many people are apprehensive about opting for teeth straightening treatments as they feel the traditional metallic braces are the only way out. With an effective alternative of invisible aligners there is not any need to worry about the pain or the teeth appearance since these are practically invisible. Cosmetic dentistry centers and dentists have tried and tested this treatment and are recommending it to their patients.
Teeth straightening have undergone a drastic change with Invisalign treatment. The time duration for this treatment varies from case to case and can range between 9 to 15 months. You can monitor the improvement yourself week after week. The cost of this treatment may appear to be a concern to you but with the promising results this technique is known for, it will be worth your money.
To get a complete idea of how this works it is best to visit your nearest cosmetic dentistry center. You can even seek advice from a cosmetic dentist about this procedure and make up your mind. Dentists do a thorough examination and only then recommend any type of treatment that before you jump to any conclusion about Invisalign treatment take an expert's advice.
Change is the only constant in life, the same goes with dental treatments. The traditional braces have worked wonders for millions of people across the globe and even today are used globally. Invisalign treatment is a step ahead of braces and gives the same and in some cases better results.[Top]