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 provide patients with a cost effective option if they can't access NHS teeth straightening, we have introduced Oasis Teen Align that offers orthodontic essentials to patients under 18. Teen Align provides a metal, fixed-brace treatment that gives you the smile you deserve for just £1,595*.
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 Oasis orthodontist today.
£1,595* Teen Align
Orthodontic essentials for patients under 18, who can't access NHS teeth straightening or do not want to wait.
*Teen Align is available to patients age 18 and under. Price of £1,595 covers only the essential orthodontic treatment required to straighten your teeth. If a functional brace is required in order to align the jaw prior to a fixed brace being fitted, an additional fee will be charged. You will be advised if you require a functional brace at your initial consultation.