As with many practices, Chesterfield Orthodontics has a contract with the NHS to treat a set number of patients every year.
Treatment through the NHS offers an orthodontic examination for children under 18 years of age free of charge. This would include assessment of the arrangement of the teeth and jaws. You should be aware that there is a waiting list for NHS consultations, which is usually between 4 and 6 months.
After you have been assessed and once we know you are eligible for treatment will commence a few months later. These short waits for treatment exist as we receive more referrals than the number of patients we are contracted to treat each year.
In 2006 the NHS introduced a grading system called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). We use the system to assess each case individually and can mean that if your teeth are only mildly crooked, you may not be eligible for treatment under the NHS. We may still be able to treat you although this would be on a private basis.
Orthodontic treatment for patients over 18 years of age is only provided on a private basis.
We offer private consultations and treatment and this can have several advantages over using the NHS, depending on your circumstances:
- Treatment is immediate as you bypass the NHS waiting lists
- A whole range of aesthetic braces can be used, including ceramic (tooth coloured) brackets, aligners such as Invisalign® and lingual braces
- Appointments are available at times to suit you, including after school and in the evenings
- Orthodontic care is offered to children not eligible for treatment on the NHS, for example, if crooked teeth are considered to be a mild case
We are able to offer free initial consultations with one of our Treatment Coordinators. This gives you the opportunity to discuss the various treatment options and techniques, prices and how our easy payment plans and 0% finance can work.
We have a range of ways to make your orthodontic treatment more affordable. This includes 0% finance being available and the option to spread the payments – typically over an 18 month period.
Our Treatment Coordinator will be able to discuss all of these with you at your initial consultation.