NHS orthodontic care at Devon square Orthodontics is available to under 18s who require orthodontic treatment for dental health reasons. Unfortunately, treatment for mild/cosmetic problems is not usually available on the NHS
At Devon Square Orthodontics Ltd we offer NHS treatment to patients under the age of 18 years using the appliances developed with the latest technology. A referral from your general dentist is required before we can arrange a NHS Consultation.
However we are required to work within strict guidelines about who is eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment. Click here for more information about the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN).
We are only given a limited amount of NHS funding each year, so if you do qualify for treatment please be aware that you may have to join a waiting list before your orthodontic treatment can begin.
Why is there a waiting list?
Since 2006, under the terms of the new contract, NHS Local Commissioning Teams have been able to control the size of contracts held by orthodontists. This means that sometimes there is a mismatch between the number of patients who want and qualify for treatment and the availability of funding, resulting in a waiting list.
The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) would like all children who need treatment to be able to access it at the optimum time in their development, on average at about the age of 12. According to the legislation, any child deemed by a specialist to need treatment is entitled to receive it.
During the current period of change within the Local NHS Commissioning Teams there is no reliable information as to how this will change availability and access to treatment and hence waiting times. - from BOS website
At the new patient appointment a full orthodontic assessment will be carried out and the treatment options available to you will be explained at that visit.
What are the affects of dummy and thumb sucking?
Dummy- thumb- and finger-sucking habits are common in children. This BOS leaflet describes the effects of these habits on the teeth and gives practical advice on how to encourage giving up
What can I do if I do not qualify for NHS Orthodontic Treatment?
If you are not suitable for NHS care, we can offer you self-funded private treatment. You can contact us directly to arrange a private orthodontic consultation – and you don’t need to be referred to us by your dentist.
Better Teeth for Life
As part of national smile month 2017, the British Orthodontic Society published a new online resource that highlights the positive impact that orthodontic treatment can have on both oral health and emotional wellbeing.
The BOS guide to 'Better Teeth for Life' also includes practical tips on the patient’s role in achieving excellent results
What to do if you have a problem with your brace.
If you have a problem with your brace and need an appointment to be seen, please contact us in the morning and we will aim to book you an appointment to be seen on the same day or within 24 hours. Please be aware some brace problems can be dealt with at home or are ok to wait until your next appointment. For more information about occasional problems with your brace, please click here.