NHS Eligibility

We offer all available orthodontic services the NHS provides. This includes assessments, digital X-rays and all types of braces. Dentists can refer both children and adults to be assessed via phone, post, e-mail, and website. Once assessed, the eligibility for NHS treatment can be determined and the treatment options discussed. The NHS will provide funding towards moderate to severe cases of misalignment, however mild problems will refused. Patients who do not qualify for NHS treatment will be advised about the private options which may include a discounted 'NHS equivalent' Independent Treatment.

Children under 18 years of age, adults under 19 years of age in full-time education or adults on relevant government benefits will be offered the initial examination free of charge under the NHS. Adult patients who do not fall into these categories are still entitled to an NHS assessment but will be charged a fee. Please call or e-mail us if you are unsure which category you are in.

Fixed Brace: this is the most common type of brace today, often known as "train tracks". Brackets are glued onto the teeth and linked by wires. Small elastic hoops are often used to hold the wire in position. The wires exert gentle pressure to move the teeth into a new position.

Removable Brace: These are sometimes used for correcting a simple problem, such as moving a single tooth or expanding the dental arch. It has a plastic baseplate with wires and springs attached. Removable braces need to be worn all the time except for cleaning or sport.

Functional Appliances: These are used to harness the growth of the jaws and improve way the upper and lower teeth meet. There are several designs all of which fit on to both the upper and lower teeth and hold the lower jaw forward. They are mostly removable but should be worn as near to full-time as possible.

Retainers: at the end of treatment, all patients should wear retainers to hold their teeth in the new position. These can be removable or fixed and are an important part of treatment.