NHS Orthodontics
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NHS Orthodontics


Orthodontics is a type of dental treatment that is used to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth.

An orthodontist is a dental surgeon who specialises in orthodontic treatment and makes use of a range of appliances, such as braces. These are used to correct the position of teeth over a period of time, usually between 18 months and two years.

NHS treatment is available to eligible patients aged under 18 years and is intended to provide treatment for those patients who require it on the grounds of health.

Such problems include severe protrusion of the teeth, severe mal-alignment or crowding of the teeth and congenitally missing teeth. Some less severe, but unaesthetic smiles may also qualify for treatment. Treatment for minor problems or cosmetic reasons alone is not usually available on the NHS. Patients desiring NHS treatment may be subject to a waiting list.

Dental problems which will be provided for on health grounds include:

  • Increased prominence of teeth in excess of 6mm
  • Significant crowding of teeth
  • Abnormal bites causing trauma
  • Abnormal bites causing functional problems
  • Missing or impacted teeth

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