NHS orthodontics 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.
NHS orthodontic case is not usually available for adults, but may be approved on a case-by-case basis if necessary for health reasons.
A rating system known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) is used to assess your eligibility for NHS treatment. The British Orthodontic Society’s website has more informtion about the different grades used for the IOTN.
NHS treatment is available for grade 4 and grade 5 cases. Grade 3 cases are usually judges on an individual basis. Treatments may also be made available if the appearance of a person’s teeth, jaw or face is of concern.