NHS Orthodontic Treatment - Braces For Children and Teenagers

If your child is under the age of 18 years old, they may qualify for NHS Orthodontic treatment.  They will first need to be seen by our Specialist Orthodontist for free assessment who will then evaluate the degree of dental crowding that is present.  If the treatment meets NHS criteria, your child will then be accepted for treatment.  Unfortunately, mildly crowded teeth and cosmetically driven treatment is not available under the NHS.

We use a nationally agreed guideline on who is eligible to receive NHS Orthodontic treatment.  This guideline is called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) - you can read more by clicking this link. This classifies the various issues that require teeth straightening in order of severity.  Borderline cases also have an aesthetic score which accounts for the appearance of the teeth. The final score will decide whether NHS Orthodontic treatment has been approved or not.

Each year we receive limited NHS funding so if your child has been deemed suitable for NHS Orthodontic Treatment, they may be placed on a short waiting list. If they do not meet the threshold required, we can also offer Private orthodontic treatment.  This has the benefit of discrete cosmetic braces being available as well as out of school time appointments and no waiting list.


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