NHS Orthodontic treatment is available to patients (under 18 years of age) free under the NHS and is intended to provide care for those patients who require help on the grounds of health; as many as 70% of children will qualify.
Such problems include severe protrusion of the teeth, severe mal-alignment or crowding of the teeth and missing teeth. Some less severe, however smiles that are not aesthetically pleasing may also qualify for treatment. The way in which the orthodontist decides whether NHS funding is available is by using a system of measurements called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need, (IOTN). As the name suggests, this index gives higher weighting to those cases which need treatment for an improvement in their dental health.
Your dentist can refer you to The Orthodontic Centre where an assessment would take place to determine if you qualify for NHS treatment. To enable people to make choices within the NHS you are able to self refer to us by either using the referral page on the web site or ringing 01302 366466.
An initial examination and assessment is available on the NHS for all child patients. Within today's NHS you are able to choose where you are treated. Treatment is free to those above the age of 18 if they are accepted for treatment before their 18th birthday. Cases with a possible need for treatment are also assessed on aesthetic grounds and cases with a low aesthetic score are unlikely to qualify for orthodontic treatment under the NHS.
Please consult your dentist to be referred to us for an NHS appointment.