Due to NHS restrictions some patients can no longer be treated free of charge under the NHS system because their dental irregularity is not considered sever enough when compared to the IOTN (Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needed) guide set out by the Government.
For those patients who don’t qualify but still feel they would benefit from treatment, or for those under 16 years of age who wish to start their treatment without the need to join a waiting list, we offer a self funded option called "Independent Treatment" This option allows the patient to fund their own orthodontic treatment at a much lower cost than private treatment. The patient will receive the same metal brackets as used on NHS patients and appointment times will again mean attending during school hours.
Treatment can be started almost immediately and even small dental irregularities can be treated. If however the need for more aesthetic braces or more flexible appointment times is a requirement then please see our private treatment options.
To help you manage the cost of independent treatment we offer interest free payment terms with a deposit payable when the brace is first fitted and the balance then paid in equal monthly payments. We also offer a 5% discount for those who wish to pay in full at the start of their treatment. For more detailed information please contact the practice.
Book your appointment today.
What To Expect from Independent Treatment
Your first appointment
You will initially be seen by one of our orthodontists for an assessment to discuss the best treatment options available to you and your eligibility for NHS treatment. A screening x-ray may also be taken to assess your growth, development and the best time to start treatment.
The brace will then be designed and fitted. Over the treatment time you will have regular appointments to adjust your brace and gradually move your teeth into the correct position. Typically every 8-12 weeks depending of stages of treatment.
Removal and retention of your brace
Once your treatment is complete and your braces removed you will be fitted for a retainer to help stabilize your teeth. This is to be worn as instructed but will usually be every night for the first six months, then as instructed depending on check up appointments.
Loss or damage of your appliance
You will be responsible for the care of your appliance or brace and if lost or
damaged you will be charged £73.29, before treatment can be resumed.
To help you manage the cost of independent treatment we offer interest free payment terms, a deposit is paid when the brace is first fitted and the balance paid in equal amounts. We also offer a 5% discount for those who wish to pay in full at the start of their treatment.
If you have any breakages or problems, please contact us for help or to arrange an emergency appointment where you will be fitted in at the first available appointment.
For out of hours emergencies please call 0788 537 0843 but this number is for emergencies only where a patient is in pain and cannot wait for normal practice hours.
Book your appointment today.