NHS Patients

Orthodontic Treatment on the NHS


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The NHS agrees to provide “such reasonable standard of dental efficiency and oral health so as to safeguard general health.” The Department of Health adds that it also “excludes treatment justified only on cosmetic grounds.” It is easy to understand why in NHS terms, orthodontics is low on the list of priorities, when for instance, it is compared to general medical conditions which can often be life threatening.

As a result, NHS funding of orthodontic treatment is limited and available funds are intended for those children under age 18 years where the irregularity of the teeth is beyond a certain threshold.This is normally measured by the use of the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need or IOTN further details of this scale can be found on this link. Over 40% of all children will be entitled to free treatment within the NHS. It is not possible to ‘top up’ the NHS system with a private fee.

NHS treatment at GOC

NHS orthodontic treatment is available at Grosvenor Orthodontic Clinic for all children younger than 18 who come to us with crowded and irregular teeth. The NHS now uses an scale known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need which in itself has two components a Dental Factor and an Aesthetic Factor for more information, click here.

We have a short waiting time for NHS appointments of about 6 weeks. In situations where we are not able to treat you at our clinic due to the complexity of the treatment required and the need to involve other dental disiplines we will refer you to the nearest hospital orthodontic centre.

NHS treatment is available at Grosvenor Orthodontic Clinic at the following times:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:00pm