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 which are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Patients who have discussed orthodontic 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.
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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:
- Over 18 years old
- The patient would like aesthetic appliances
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