When can you use the services of a free orthodontist? Few people realize that orthodontic treatment in children can be provided entirely under the National Health Fund. It is therefore free for people who are covered by insurance. Below we will describe what specific conditions apply in such a situation, as well as when an orthodontist under the National Health Fund can treat our child.
Malocclusion – a fairly common problem
Nearly 60% of the population suffers from malocclusion at the moment. At the same time, a small percentage of people decide to cure this defect. Malocclusion is a disease that affects both children and adults. Interestingly, malocclusion can form at different stages of life and for various reasons.
Currently, orthodontic treatment can be undertaken by a person of basically any age. There are a lot of treatment methods. Unfortunately, orthodontic treatment is quite expensive and in the vast majority of cases patients have to cover all costs on their own.
For this reason, it is worth knowing that there is a case when orthopedic treatment is free (implemented under the National Health Fund). Taking advantage of this opportunity at the right time may save you the need for orthodontic treatment in the future.
When and who is entitled to a free orthodontist?
The possibility of orthodontic treatment under the National Health Fund is addressed only to children under the age of twelve. If we notice that our child’s teeth are not aligned as they should be, we must report to the orthodontist as soon as possible. This also applies to milk teeth, and parents simply do not realize it.
Why is it worth treating milk teeth with an orthodontist if they fall out anyway? Well, the treatment of malocclusion, which appeared already at the stage of milk teeth, supports the proper development of the child. We can spare the formation of speech defects and improve the aesthetics of the teeth.
In addition, the correct arrangement of milk teeth promotes the development of a correct bite already with permanent teeth. This means nothing else than that by curing the defect in childhood, in adult life the patient has a much better chance of having a correct bite in the future.
What orthodontic services does an orthodontist offer under the National Health Fund?
Contrary to appearances, there are quite a few of these services. We can count on one pantomographic photo with a description as part of the entire treatment. We can also count on a cephalometric image. As part of the treatment, an impression of the jaw will be made, treatment with a single-jaw or two-jaw removable appliance. Once during the course, you can also order the orthodontist to repair the braces.
When it comes to free follow-up visits during treatment, you can take advantage of them twelve times a year. After treatment visits, free post-treatment check-ups are also offered, but they are valid only until the age of thirteen.
Although the scope offered by orthodontics of the National Health Fund is poor, it is worth taking advantage of it. When all or most of the milk teeth appear in our child, it is necessary to go with the child for an orthodontic visit.
Such a visit, when the child is about ten years old, will allow us to check whether the development of our child’s bite is correct, and if not, there will be plenty of time to start treatment.
It is very important to find out in advance what are the deadlines for an orthodontist under the National Health Fund. Depending on the number of facilities that offer orthodontic treatment under the National Health Fund, the terms may be longer or shorter.
At the same time, remember that you should not go to the first orthodontist. Let’s also suggest opinions. The more positive opinions a given specialist has, the better. Then we are convinced of the orthodontist and we will be able to trust him. Whatever, but we can only give our children into good hands.
In addition to experience and success, the orthodontist should also have the right approach to children. We know that for our children a visit to the dentist or orthodontist can seem like a real horror. With the right person, visits won’t be all that bad. What’s more, our child will go to the dentist and orthodontist with a smile on his face.
Where to look for an orthodontist?
An orthodontist can be recommended to us by a dentist or someone from family or friends whose child has already used this type of service. If a specialist has not been recommended to us, we can search for one on our own. We live in a time where we have access to the Internet. You can find everything online, including orthodontists.
The already mentioned opinions or analyzing the website of a given clinic will be helpful. We can learn a lot from it. It is better to spend a little more time choosing an orthodontist and make sure that we are dealing with a really good specialist. Otherwise, we may not be satisfied with our decision.