At Angle House Orthodontics, we can treat patients under the age of 18-years-old on the NHS if they meet certain treatment criteria. For those that don’t, we can still provide treatment privately.
What is NHS treatment?
In April 2006, the government introduced a new arrangement for National Health Service Dental treatment. All orthodontic practices in England with a contract to provide NHS treatment must comply with new criteria which is designed to prioritise treatment to those with the greatest need. This criteria is based on the Index of Orthodontic Need (IOTN). Each patient is scored in regard to their need for orthodontic treatment and those who achieve a certain score are eligible.
This arrangement also dictates the number of patients an orthodontic practice can treat under the NHS per year. Each practice has allocated funding which restricts the number of patients a practice can treat at any one time. Unfortunately, this has led to treatment waiting lists.
Here at Angle House Orthodontics, we continue to welcome referrals for NHS treatment for children. However, because of the new contract, patients with mild irregularities, for whom orthodontic treatment would provide little dental health benefit, will not be entitled to funding under the NHS.