NHS treatment

At the present time, we are accepting NHS referrals via your general dentist.  

To qualify for NHS funded treatment, patients must meet the criteria set by NHS England.  Nationally, NHS patients are assessed in relation to the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs (IOTN) and must score 3.6, 4 or 5 to qualify for NHS funded treatment

If you have any questions you would like to ask us directly, please feel free to call us on 0208 449 3022.

Initial assessment

At the first visit, the orthodontist will carry out a thorough assessment of the teeth and jaws and may take an X-ray.  

You will be advised of any treatment that is required and also whether the patient’s orthodontic problem is severe enough to qualify for NHS funded treatment.

Start of treatment

Once at the top of the treatment waiting list, we will contact you to attend for treatment planning. At this visit we will also take up to date x-rays, photographs and casts of your teeth. It is essential that your oral hygiene is of an excellent standard in order to proceed with treatment.

Once your treatment has been planned, appointments will be made for the fit of your braces.

After your brace has been fitted and we will then see you for adjustment appointments every 6 to 8 weeks. The total treatment time is variable, but is generally around 18 months.

Having your braces fitted

Having your braces fitted is nothing to be worried about. We will do our utmost to explain what to expect and give you lots of advice on how to look after your braces. You can view our instructional video to watch a preview.

Achieving fantastic results

Completing your orthodontic treatment in the shortest period of time is dependent upon you following our instructions, looking after your braces and keeping your mouth extremely clean. You can view a video on caring for your braces.

You need to come to see us regularly and let us know immediately if you are having problems. We are committed to helping you achieve a wonderful smile, but you need to be committed too - its a team thing!

Wearing retainers

At the end of treatment you will be fitted with retainers to maintain your beautiful new smile and we will continue to check your retainers for a full 12 months under the NHS. Retainers need to be worn at night, throughout life. Watch our video on retainers in our resource section.

NHS charges

In the case of a lost or broken appliance, the NHS makes a charge of £65.70.

Late or failed attendance

Please be aware that if you are late for your appointment, the orthodontist may not be able to see you as we are unable to keep other patients waiting. Late attendance is regarded as a failed appointment.

If you cannot attend an appointment, 24 hours verifiable notice of cancellation is required. Multiple late or failed attendances may result in discontinuation of treatment.

Routine check-ups

It is really important that you continue to attend for your routine check-ups with your General Dentist at regular intervals, throughout your orthodontic treatment.

For more information please make an enquiry or call us on 0208 449 3022.

This page was last updated on the 22nd of May 2018