On the 1st April 2006, the Department of Health introduced a new system for NHS Orthodontic treatment. All patients under the age of 18 may receive NHS funded Orthodontic treatment subject to selection criteria as defined applying the internationally accepted Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs (IOTN).
Simply put, NHS treatment is available and intended to provide treatment for those patients who require orthodontic treatment on the grounds of health according to the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs.
Treatment for more minor problems or cosmetic reasons alone is not usually available on the NHS. All of our treatments (NHS & Private) are carried out and supervised by General Dental Council registered Specialist Orthodontists.
Patients that qualify for treatment under the NHS may be subject to a waiting list before treatment can start.
Patients that do not qualify for NHS treatment are welcome to continue with treatment on a self-funded (Private) basis.
Current guidelines proposed by the NHS England ask dentists to refer only those patients who they believe may be eligible for NHS assessment. Under the terms of the new NHS dental contract, funding for treatment will be directed at those patients in whom treatment will give an improvement in their dental health and not just in the appearance of their teeth. Contracts strictly specify the number of treatment units available to each practice and management of resource continues to provide planning and provision challenges to both Orthodontic treatment “Providers” and NHS England personnel.
We take management and application of protocols for the provision of NHS care very seriously and we are firmly committed to NHS England, our referring dentists and all patients we see and treat that our approach and procedures follow principles based upon a fair, transparent and consistent approach.