NHS Orthodontic treatment
We are proud of the reputation we have earned since 1996, providing high quality NHS orthodontic care to children and young patients under the age of 18. We are committed to the continuation of this service so that the children in our community have the opportunity to benefit from lovely straight teeth and a beautiful smile. All of our patients receive the same high quality treatment and end result however they are funded.
Who qualifies for NHS funding?
Orthodontic treatment is only available free of charge on the NHS for young people under 18 years of age. They must be under 18 when the appliance is put on.
As an NHS patient you must be referred to us by your regular General Dentist
They will assess you during your regular appointments and decide whether they should refer you to us. Once referred you will have an initial consultation at which we will establish your needs and eligibility for treatment.
Eligibility for treatment under the NHS is determined using a rating system known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN).
The IOTN is made up of five grades:
Grade 1: Almost perfect teeth.
Grade 2: Minor irregularities with the teeth, such as slightly protruding upper front teeth.
Grade 3: Greater irregularities with the teeth that do not require treatment for health reasons. For example, upper front teeth that protrude less than 4mm more than normal.
Grade 4: A severe degree of irregularity with the teeth that requires treatment for health reasons. For example, upper front teeth that protrude more than 6mm.
Grade 5: Severe dental health problems. For example, when teeth cannot come into the mouth normally because of obstruction by crowding or other causes or upper front teeth that protrude more than 9mm.
NHS treatment is available for grade four or five cases. Grade three cases are usually judged on an individual basis. Treatment may be made available if the appearance of the teeth, jaw or face is of particular concern.
There is always a high patient demand for NHS specialist orthodontic treatment. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t qualify for NHS treatment – we have affordable private treatments available. Find out more