Are you looking to get NHS orthodontics for a better smile?
Book a complimentary smile assessment at Park Orthodontics to determine your eligibility for an NHS orthodontic treatment.
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We offer all the NHS orthodontic services. This includes assessments, digital x-rays and braces.
Dentists can refer children and adults to be assessed via phone, post, e-mail, and website. Once assessed, we will let you know if you are eligible for NHS treatment and discuss your treatment options.
The NHS will provide funding towards moderate to severe misalignment cases; however, mild problems are not covered. If you do not qualify for NHS treatment, you will be advised of 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.
The following benefits are also the primary reasons why people get NHS orthodontic treatment:
All our patients are involved in their treatment decision.
This is made possible by using the sophisticated smile simulation software within our iTero scanners.
Our 3D scan will show what your new smile could look like after orthodontic treatment and allow you to make and see real-time modifications to ensure you will be happy with the end result!
An appointment for an orthodontic assessment will determine if you’re an excellent match to receive NHS orthodontic treatment.
If you aren’t eligible or don’t want to wait, you can still use one of our private treatment options.
The most common dental treatment alternatives we offer at Park Orthodontics are traditional braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign.
Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about NHS orthodontic treatment.
The National Health Service is responsible for funding all expenses of individuals qualified for orthodontic treatment.
In Scotland, you can have NHS orthodontics at any age. You have to qualify the same way as kids. If you are under 26 years old and eligible, your treatment will paid for by the NHS.
The ideal age to have NHS orthodontic braces is usually around 12 or 13, while a child's mouth and jaws are still growing, but sometimes it can be earlier or later. The prospect for improvement in an adult is more limited, treatment is likely to take longer, and there is a good possibility you will have to go private.
Yes! Ask for a referral to the new orthodontist with a history of your treatment so far. Ask for the study models and x-rays to be sent on or given to you to take to the new orthodontist. Under the new NHS contract, since 1st April 2006, there has been no official obstacle to changing orthodontists should you wish to.
No, unfortunately not. National Health Service funding doesn't cover invisible brace options like Invisalign clear aligners or clear braces. NHS treatment includes fixed metal braces and functional appliances. It’s worth noting that fixed braces are an excellent way to straighten your teeth.
NHS orthodontic care isn't usually available to adults. However, it can sometimes be approved on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, you are extremely unlikely to be offered Invisalign braces. NHS treatment is usually carried out using fixed metal braces.
As part of NHS orthodontics treatment, your orthodontist is responsible for your care 12 months after treatment ends. After this period, you'll have to pay privately for continuing maintenance, repeated treatment, and any replacements or repair of retainers.
For the NHS to approve your application, we will take records (including photos, impressions for study models and x-rays of your teeth). We then send these off along with a treatment plan to Primary Care Services for independent approval. The waiting time is approximately one week from receipt of all documents. Once approval is granted, we can get started with your treatment!
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