If you’re curious about who qualifies for free braces, you’re in the right place. In this blog, we’ll delve into who’s eligible for NHS-funded braces and explore the alternatives for those who don’t meet the requirements.
Free NHS braces
If you live in the UK, free braces may be available through the NHS. If you qualify, the NHS will fund every step of your treatment, including your scans, braces, adjustments and retainers.
NHS treatment doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of private treatment (more about these later), but it achieves excellent results and it’s an invaluable service for the young people who need it.
Who’s entitled to free braces?
NHS orthodontic care is exclusively for children and teens aged under 18 who need treatment to improve their dental health. Funding is limited, so individuals are assessed using an objective rating system called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need.
The patients who qualify for NHS treatment typically have severe misalignments that are affecting the development or function of their smile. For example, extensively crowded teeth or severe bite discrepancies.
To find out if you’re eligible for NHS braces, your dentist will need to refer you to an NHS orthodontist for a consultation.
Because there’s a high demand for NHS braces and limited funding, there can be lengthy waiting lists for assessments and treatment.
Can adults receive free NHS braces?
Unfortunately, NHS braces aren’t usually available to adults. In rare circumstances, they can be approved on a case-by-case basis if they are needed for health reasons. Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information.
What are the alternatives to NHS braces?
As a fully private orthodontic practice in Surrey, we’ve helped thousands of children and adults who didn’t qualify for NHS braces or preferred not to wait.
We offer a wide range of treatment options to straighten teeth quickly, conveniently and discreetly.
While NHS treatment is limited to fixed metal braces, private orthodontic care can include clear or champagne ceramic fixed braces, removable Invisalign aligners and even hidden lingual braces.
You’ll see a highly trained specialist orthodontist at every appointment, who will work with you to achieve your perfect smile. We’ll only take your braces off once everyone is happy.
At the end of your transformation, we’ll fit fixed and removable retainers to keep your smile straight. You’ll need to wear your retainers indefinitely to prevent your teeth from moving. For a small fee, you can join our Retainer Club and enjoy an annual retainer check and free repairs.
The benefits of private care don’t stop there – the advantages of self-funded braces at Ewell Orthodontics include:
- No waiting lists
- Treatment with a specialist orthodontist
- Longer, more relaxed appointments
- Dental Monitoring
- Free hygiene session
- Fixed and removable retainers
- Free home teeth whitening
How much is private orthodontic care?
Our prices start from £3,499 and include everything. There are no hidden surprises and our all-inclusive packages have been designed to give you exceptional, long-lasting results.
You’ll receive a comprehensive quote at your no-obligation consultation, with all the ways you can pay, including interest-free finance.
Ready to meet our specialists? Contact us to arrange your first appointment or get started online with a free virtual consultation.