All of our practices have contracts with the NHS to treat a set number of patients every year.
Treatment through the NHS offers an orthodontic examination for children under 18 years of age free of charge. This would include assessment of the arrangement of the teeth and jaws. You should be aware that there is a waiting list for NHS consultations, which is usually between 6 and 10 months. After you have been assessed and once we know you are eligible for treatment, there is a further waiting list of approximately 18 months. The waiting lists for treatment are in place as we receive more referrals than the number of patients we are contracted to treat each year.
In 2006 the NHS introduced a grading system called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). We use the system to assess each case individually and can mean that if your teeth are only mildly crooked, you may not be eligible for treatment under the NHS. We may still be able to treat you although this would be on a private basis.
Orthodontic treatment for patients over 18 years of age is only provided under private contract. You can find out more in our Adult Orthodontics section.
NHS appointments are generally available between the hours of 9.30am to 3.30pm.