NHS Patients

NHS treatment

NHS Orthodontic Treatment is free for people under the age of 18 with a clear health need for treatment. A dentist can request an NHS orthodontic assessment, if the orthodontic problem meets the general referral guidelines.

A rating system known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) is used to assess your eligibility for NHS treatment and NHS treatment is available for grade 4 and grade 5 cases. Grade 3 cases are usually judged on an individual basis. Treatment may also be made available if the appearance of a person’s teeth, jaw or face is of concern.

To summarise:

  • Grades 1 and 2 are too mild and no significant health benefit is to be gained with braces.
  • Grade 3 is borderline and a child will only qualify if the appearance of the teeth is poor. The aesthetic component is determined by comparing the child teeth to a series of 10 photos.
  • Grades 4 and 5 are severe and easily qualify for NHS funding.
  • Grade 6 and above will qualify.

Read more about the IOTN Scheme.

We do not accept self referrals for NHS Orthodontic treatment. You must be referred by your own dentist.

NHS Orthodontics

If you want any more information then please email us at info@lancashiredental.co.uk