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NHS orthodontic care

NHS orthodontic care from Belur Orthodontics is available for children and young adults (up to 18 years old) who require orthodontic treatment for dental health reasons. To determine if you’re eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment, you’ll need first to visit your dentist for an initial assessment. If they determine a possible need for treatment, they will then refer you to Belur Orthodontics for a free NHS consultation.

Your teeth will be assessed during your free consultation using a set of measurements called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). Some of the dental problems that typically qualify for NHS treatment include:

  • Missing teeth
  • Protrusion of the teeth in excess of 6mm
  • Severe crowding of the teeth
  • Abnormal bites that cause problems with eating and drinking

NHS treatment is carried out by our experienced team of specialist orthodontists and orthodontic therapists. Appointments are usually only available between 9 am and 3 pm during term time. Please be aware that, unlike Private treatment, treatment via the NHS will typically involve joining a waiting list.

NHS orthodontic treatment is available for dental health needs of 3.6,  4 & 5 as assessed by the IOTN scoring system, treatment for cosmetic problems or dental health needs of 1, 2 up to 3.5 is not  available on the NHS.

How do I join the waiting list for NHS orthodontic treatment?

Before you can join our NHS waiting list, you will need to be seen by a specialist orthodontist for a free NHS consultation to find out whether you are eligible for NHS treatment. Your dentist will need to refer you to us for this free consultation, undertaking their own assessment beforehand to determine a need for treatment for dental health reasons.

During your free consultation, your orthodontist will be able to confirm whether you qualify for NHS care. If you are eligible for treatment, it is at this point that you may need to join our NHS waiting list. We’ll always do our best to give you an accurate idea of how long the waiting list is and when we should be able to fit your braces, and if at any point you would like an update, our team will be more than happy to help.

Alternatives to NHS Orthodontic Treatment

If you are not suitable for NHS care, we can provide self-funded private treatment. Private orthodontic care offers several benefits over NHS treatment, such as more flexible appointment times, no waiting list and a choice of discreet braces. In addition, yIn addition, you can contact us directly to arrange a private orthodontic consultation – you don’t need to be referred to us by your dentist.

To find out more about NHS and private orthodontic treatment at Belur Orthodontics, or if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01296 796 546 or via our contact form!.