Boost your dental health with NHS-funded treatment.

What's this good for?

Under 18? You might be eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment.


Am I eligible?

Your dentist will need to start the referral process. Then, we will assess your teeth to find out if you are eligible for braces on the NHS.


What is an IOTN grade?

Your assessment will be based on your IOTN which is the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need. It is a one-to-five scale used to measure your need for treatment.

NHS braces

NHS treatments at a glance


Your first step is to speak to your dentist. They will organise the referral, look at your teeth closely and they may take pictures and measurements.

IOTN grade

Our specialists will assess your smile and assign you an IOTN grade. If you score a one or two then your teeth are looking well and you won’t need treatment on the NHS. A grade three means you may be eligible. If you score a four or five, you can receive treatment on the NHS.


If you're eligible, you will join a NHS waiting list. This is common for NHS treatments. Don’t worry if you don’t make the grade for NHS treatment. Our specialist orthodontists can talk to you about private care options.

From fixed to removable, clear to coloured bands for your braces; you can get all kinds of braces on the NHS. Plus there are further, more discreet private treatment options available.


Crazy colours

Braces don’t have to be boring. Let your personality shine while you straighten. Coloured bands for your braces are available with NHS treatments.


How to get orthodontic treatment

Let us tell you more about NHS braces.



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