Orthodontics » Under 18'S
Nhs Orthodontic Treatment - Under 18's
We offer NHS orthodontic treatment to children who meet specific criteria and require correction of their teeth for dental health reasons.
If you think your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, they will first need to be assessed by their general dentist, who will then refer you to our in-house Orthodontist if necessary.
Dr Avani Patel (Specialist Orthodontist) will then carry out a thorough assessment of your child's teeth and jaws to ascertain if they qualify for NHS funded treatment.
NHS patients are assessed in relation to the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs (IOTN) and must score 3.6 and above to qualify for NHS funded treatment.
The following dental problems usually qualify for NHS treatment:
- Missing teeth
- Protrusion of the teeth over 6mm
- Crowding of the teeth
- Abnormal bites that cause problems with eating and drinking
If your child qualifies for treatment, they are placed on a waiting list. This is due to a limited amount of NHS funding each year, resulting in a waiting period of 18-24 months.
START OF TREATMENT
Once at the top of the treatment waiting list, we will contact you to attend for treatment planning where we will take up to date x-rays, photographs and digital study models of your teeth. It is essential that your oral hygiene is of an excellent standard in order to proceed with treatment.
Once your treatment has been planned, appointments will be made for the fit of your braces. Thereafter the adjustment appointments will be every 6 to 8 weeks. The total treatment time is variable, but is approximately 18 -24 months.
CHILD AND TEEN – UNDER 18'S
We are able to offer private treatment for children who are ineligible for NHS treatment or for those on a long NHS waiting list. The fee for comprehensive treatment with our Specialist Orthodontist starts from £2500.
We also offer an interest free payment plan to help spread the cost.
Evening & weekend appointments are also available to avoid missing school time.