Does NHS provide free braces?

NHS treatment NHS orthodontic treatment is free for people under the age of 18 with a clear health need for treatment. But because of high demand, there can be a long waiting list.

Does British healthcare cover braces?

Your NHS treatment will include fixed braces, all your appointments, removable retainers and 12 months of aftercare. There are a few optional extras that aren’t covered by NHS funding, for example, gumshields for contact sports, your oral hygiene pack and fixed retainers.

How long is the NHS waiting list for braces?

Even if your youngster qualifies for free orthodontic care, waiting times for treatment can range from six months to two years or more, according to the NHS. In 2019, the BBC reported how one youngster in Wales had been waiting six years to get NHS braces.

What is the criteria for getting braces?

Signs you need braces

  • teeth that are visibly crooked or crowded.
  • difficulty flossing between and brushing around crooked teeth.
  • frequently biting your tongue or cutting your tongue on your teeth.
  • teeth that don’t close over each other properly when your mouth is at rest.

How much are braces for adults UK?

Adult braces may cost between £1500 to £2500 in a private dental clinic, depending on the location and competition in that area. NHS orthodontic treatment is cheaper but may require your dentist to confirm that the braces are necessary for health reasons and not for cosmetic use.

Can I get braces for free if im on benefits?

You can receive free NHS dental treatment if you’re entitled to or named on: A valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate. A valid HC2 certificate – available for people on a low income.

How big does your overbite have to be to get braces on the NHS?

Examples include open bites that are less than 4mm and teeth that are less than 4mm out of line. If you score a grade 4 or 5, you will automatically be eligible for NHS braces.

How do I get NHS referred to orthodontics?

How do I organise an NHS assessment? Referrals for NHS treatment need to come from your dentist. Regular dental check-ups will help them to keep a close eye on your teeth and refer you at the right time.