NHS teeth straightening (orthodontics) is available free to children under 18 with a clear clinical need for the treatment.
You will usually be referred to an orthodontist (teeth straightening dental expert) by your usual dentist, although you can also seek treatment with an orthodontist directly.
The high demand for NHS teeth straightening means that access to orthodontic services may be restricted or subject to availability, or there may be a long waiting list for treatment - from around six months to two or more years.
Your orthodontist will use a rating system to measure whether you qualify for NHS teeth straightening, known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). You can find out more information on the different grades used for the IOTN on The British Orthodontic Society’s (BOS) website.
NHS teeth straightening is available if you are rated as a grade four or grade five IOTN case, with grade three cases being granted depending on your individual circumstances.
If you don’t qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment, or perhaps you have qualified but don't want to have to wait to get started, you can access teeth straightening treatment privately.
To find out more information about our orthodontic treatments, you can browse the Straightening section of our site, or to book a consultation, get in touch with your nearest Bupa Dental Care (formerly Oasis Dental Care) orthodontist today.