NHS Orthodontic treatment for under 19s
Free NHS orthodontic treatment is available to everyone under the age of 19 provided they are in full time education but conditions apply. It is intended to provide treatment for those patients who need it on dental health grounds, for example such problems include protrusion of the teeth, severe mal-alignment or crowding of the teeth and congenitally missing teeth.
All NHS patients have to be referred by their own dentist. The NHS has recently tightened up the conditions that apply in order to receive free treatment, whereby only moderate to severe orthodontic conditions will be funded by the NHS. We can advise you accordingly. Please do not be put off by the new regulations, as the vast majority of our patients still qualify for NHS funding.
During your initial consultation, the Orthodontist will examine your jaws and teeth and will record a number of measurements. Eligibility on the NHS is based upon a scoring system.
NHS treatment is carried out to a very high standard with routine appointments between 8:30am and 3:30pm.
The treatment is carried out by our Clinical Assistants/Associates and Orthodontic Therapists under the supervision of our Specialist Orthodontists.
NHS Orthodontic treatment for Adults
Most adults are treated privately. Even if you do qualify, you may not be offered NHS treatment if it is considered to be too complex or where the outcome is too uncertain. Please ask your dentist about the qualifying criteria or give us a phone to find out more.