NHS orthodontics

nhs.pngNHS treatment, like private care, is carried out to a high standard by specialist orthodontists.

For those patients not eligible for NHS treatment, we would be more than happy to discuss our other options of private care and the finance schemes available.

Eligibility for NHS care

NHS treatment is available to eligible children under the age of 18. It is for patients who require orthodontics for health reasons.

Dental problems that will be provided for on health grounds include:

  • Increased prominence of teeth in excess of 6mm
  • Significant crowding of teeth
  • Abnormal bites causing trauma
  • Abnormal bites causing functional problems
  • Missing or impacted teeth

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, but treatment may still be carried out privately.

In addition to the restrictions applied to those patients eligible for NHS funding, under the dental contract, the amount of NHS funding provided to us will be limited in each year. This means that even patients eligible for treatment on health grounds may be subject to a waiting list.