NHS orthodontic care

NHS orthodontics











NHS orthodontic care at Total Orthodontics is available to under 18s who require orthodontic treatment for dental health reasons, such as severe crowding or protrusion of the teeth. Unfortunately, treatment for more cosmetic problems is not usually available on the NHS.

To find out if you’re eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to first visit your dentist for an initial assessment. If they determine a possible need for treatment, they will then refer you to us for a free NHS consultation.

During your free consultation your teeth will be assessed 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

Borderline cases are also given an aesthetic score to take into account the appearance of the teeth.

Under NHS care, patients are provided with traditional fixed braces, with the option to change the colour of their elastic bands.

NHS waiting lists

NHS treatment is carried out by our experienced team of specialist orthodontists and orthodontic therapists. Appointments are usually only available between 9am and 5pm during term time.

We are only given a limited amount of NHS funding each year, so if you do qualify for treatment you may have to join a waiting list before your treatment can begin.

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