As a General Dental Practitioner you will have patients to refer for orthodontic treatment. They will either be NHS or private referrals. Adults are unlikely to qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment unless there are severe problems, these are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Patients who have discussed orthodontics treatment with their General Dental Practitioner can also self refer to us.
For NHS treatment you must be under 18 years of age and have a clinical need for treatment. The NHS has clear criteria relating to eligibility for treatment. All patients under 18 years old in grade four or five are eligible. Case by case consideration is given to grade three.
qualifying for nhs treatment:
Patient is under 18 years old
Have a clinical need for treatment
Eligible grade within Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need
Orthodontic treatment amongst adults is generally not covered on the NHS, for one of the following reasons:
Are over 18 years old
If the patient would like aesthetic appliances
Make a referral to us
Please feel free to contact the practice at any time if you have questions or queries or if you would like to discuss any aspect of the treatment.