NHS treatment

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NHS Orthodontics

As a fully registered, specialist provider of orthodontic treatment, we are proud to provide an excellent standard of care for those who are referred to us for NHS treatment.

Appointments

All patients under the age of 18 are offered an initial examination under the NHS. Following a referral from your own dentist, we will contact you to arrange an appointment. You may contact us about the availability of appointments.

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Treatment

NHS orthodontic treatment usually involves the wearing of fixed metal braces on the outside surfaces of the teeth. Removable braces and functional braces may also be used.

Following this, fixed or removable retainers are worn to hold the teeth in their new position.

Invisible braces are available at the practice on a private treatment basis.

Treatment availability

The NHS has strict guidelines as to the availability of orthodontic treatment and, as such, NHS treatment is only accessible to those patients with the required level of severity of orthodontic need.

In addition, the NHS has an annual limit to the amount of funding made available for orthodontic treatment. This means that the number of children who can be treated each year is restricted.

Although the majority of children who are referred to us are treated under the NHS, there will always be a number of people who will not qualify for NHS treatment. If this applies to you, we will explain the other options available to you under private care.

Treatment costs

Although NHS orthodontic treatment is free to patients under 18, charges may be applied for replacement of lost or damaged braces or retainers.

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Your responsibilities

We ask that you attend in good time for your appointments and follow our advice carefully as to how to look after your braces and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Please provide as much notice as possible if you cannot attend an appointment.

Unfortunately, the practice cannot be held responsible for any unwanted damage caused to the teeth by the unsupervised wearing of braces.

Repeated failure to attend appointments, excessive damage caused to appliances, or failure to keep up an adequate standard of tooth brushing may result in us having to stop or withhold your treatment.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on our services. Should you have any comments on the service we provide, please contact us and speak to the Practice Manager.

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