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NHS Treatment

We offer NHS orthodontic treatment to children who meet specific criteria and require correction of their teeth for health reasons. NHS funding is not usually available if the treatment will produce a purely cosmetic result.

If you think your child could benefit from treatment, they will first need to see their dentist, who will determine if treatment may be required. If they think it could help, your child will be referred to us for a free NHS consultation. As there is only a limited amount of NHS funding each year, there is a waiting list for an initial consultation. The waiting time ranges from 12-30 months. Urgent referrals for specific needs are seen within 3 months.

During the initial consultation, we will assess your child’s teeth using the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). This is used to ascertain if an individual qualifies for orthodontic treatment. It involves a set of measurements that grade an individual’s dental health and, in borderline cases, the appearance of their smile.

The following dental problems usually qualify for NHS treatment:

  • Missing teeth
  • Protrusion of the teeth over 6mm
  • Moderate crowding of the teeth
  • Abnormal bites that cause problems with eating and drinking

If your child doesn’t qualify for NHS-funded care, we can offer treatment on a private basis. This comes with a number of benefits including flexible appointment times, immediate access to treatment (no waiting lists!) and the opportunity to choose more discreet braces. You can also contact us directly to arrange a private orthodontic consultation as there is no need for a dentist to refer your child to us.

  • A truly fantastic, care focused team who have transformed my smile and confidence. Dr Davies and the team are outstanding on all levels and I cannot recommend them high enough. If you are looking for a clean, safe and a high performing team to take care of your teeth and deliver exceptional results; look no further. Thank you all!”
    Louise - Patient

  • “I skipped on having braces as a child and took the plunge when I was 28 as this was holding me back with my confidence. At first, I wondered what people would think of a grown man with braces, but I am pleased to say this had no impact at all and I never really noticed that I had them. I thoroughly recommend Colchester Orthodontic Centre to my friends, family and anybody else thinking about having treatment.”
    Warren - Patient

  • “After over 2 years of impeccable TLC from Colchester Orthodontic Centre my daughter is now able to show off the smile she has always deserved! Mr Davies was able to advise us with his wealth of experience as to what was needed, and the result is proof that they clearly know how to look after their client’s needs and ensure the best result at the end of the journey!”
    Paul - Patient

  • My Invisalign experience with Colchester Orthodontic Centre was fab. I was supported the whole way through and given many options and I am now really happy with my teeth. The Invisalign aligners are very comfortable and discreet. I would definitely recommend Invisalign treatment at Colchester Orthodontic Centre.”
    Hollie - Patient

  • “You can make the most of your teeth at any age. Sometimes mature years can make you feel awkward attending the orthodontist, although I have been encouraged and treated with care and attention at every appointment. I try to maintain my teeth as best I can and I have received the very best care you could wish for. I started out feeling reluctant to smile. I am now very happy to smile at any occasion and feel grateful to the wonderful team at Colchester Orthodontic Centre, the whole team treat you with professional care and kindness.”
    Anne - Patient

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