If you scored a three in the dental health component then your case is borderline, and your orthodontist will need to assess the appearance of your smile.
This is done by comparing your smile to a set of 10 images, which are used as a reference point for ‘attractiveness’. The photos were rated in order of attractiveness by non-dental professionals. One = most attractive and 10 = least attractive.
If you are given an aesthetic score of six or above, combined with a dental health score of three, you will be eligible for NHS treatment.
If you are eligible for NHS treatment, you might need to join a waiting list before you can start your treatment. This is because we are only given a limited amount of NHS funding each year.
If you don’t qualify for NHS treatment, your orthodontist will be able to discuss self-funded private options with you.
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