Orthodontics in West Heath Birmingham
We specialise in the treatment of children and all children are routinely assessed for orthodontic need. In addition many of our patients are being treated on referral from other Dental Surgeons. We are able to provide simple and complex orthodontic treatment (tooth straightening).
Both Dr Wayne Addison and Mrs Catherine Addison have formal Orthodontic training and hold Specialist qualifications. They are on the Specialist List of the General Dental Council and have practised orthodontics for 30 years. The practice holds a contract for the provision of NHS Orthodontic treatment for children who are under 18 years of age at the commencement of treatment. Adult patients may be treated under private contract.
From 1st April, 2006 the Government`s new arrangements for NHS orthodontic treatment came into force. The new arrangements are designed to target treatment to those with the greatest health need.
As a result, in certain mild cases where dental health is not affected, orthodontic treatment cannot be provided under the NHS. However, every child is entitled to an NHS orthodontic assessment.
We want you to be aware before we see you or your child that NHS treatment might not be available if the health need does not fit the new criteria with which all orthodontists within the NHS must comply. Please be reassured that the majority of patients aged under 18 who are referred to us by their dentist are likely to qualify for NHS treatment. As before, some patients will be placed on a review list after their initial consultation until they are the right age for treatment. In the meantime, we can assure you that we will do all we can to ensure that you are satisfied with the service you receive here.
A rating system, known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN), is used to assess the need and eligibility of individual cases. The IOTN is made up of five grades, which are listed below.
- grade 1: almost perfect teeth
- grade 2: minor irregularities with the teeth, such as slightly protruding upper front teeth
- grade 3: greater irregularities with the teeth do not require treatment for health reasons, for example, upper front teeth that protrude 4mm (0.15 inches) or less
- grade 4: a severe degree of irregularity with the teeth that requires treatment for health reasons, for example, upper front teeth that protrude more than 6mm (0.25 inches)
- grade 5: severe dental health problems, for example, upper front teeth that protrude more than 9mm (0.35 inches)
NHS treatment is available for grade 4 or 5 cases. Grade 3 cases are usually judged on a case-by-case basis, and treatment may be made available if the appearance of the teeth is particularly unattractive.
Please note also that there is nothing in the new regulations which would prevent you from considering the private funding of orthodontic treatment where this proves not to be available in the NHS.
Orthodontic treatment is only available free of charge on the NHS for young people under 18 years of age and who have a clear clinical need for treatment.
Private treatment is available for adults and for children who do not qualify for NHS treatment. The costs for this treatment vary case by case but a guideline figure is around £2000 for complete orthodontics with fixed appliances (tooth coloured brackets can be used privately if desired). Consultation for private patients is £90 including x-rays etc.