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NHS services

We are highly committed to providing our patients with the most effective and advanced orthodontic treatment, to ensure you have a smile you can be proud of.

Bridge Orthodontic care currently has an NHS contract to provide Orthodontic Services to patients under the age of 18, who meet the Index of Orthodontic Need (IOTN) criteria for NHS treatment and meet the oral hygiene requirements.


We are able to see patients under 18 years following a referral from your general dentist. An appointment for a full orthodontic assessment will then be arranged. Acceptance for NHS orthodontic treatment is subject to meeting the strict NHS criteria. Treatment is not available under the NHS for mild/cosmetic problems.

If you are not suitable for NHS care, various self-funded treatment options will be explained to you. To arrange a self-funded/private orthodontic consultation just click on the button below.

How can I been seen on the NHS?


To find out if you’re eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to first visit your dentist for an initial assessment. If they determine a possible need for treatment, they will then refer you to us for a free NHS consultation.

During your consultation your teeth will be assessed using a set of measurements called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). Some of the dental problems that typically qualify for NHS treatment include:

  • Missing teeth

  • Protrusion of the teeth in excess of 6mm

  • Severe crowding of the teeth

  • Abnormal bites that cause problems with eating and drinking

What can I do if I do not qualify for NHS Orthodontic Treatment?

If you are not suitable for NHS care, we can offer you self-funded private treatment. Private orthodontic care varies to NHS treatment, with more flexible appointment times, no waiting list and a choice of discreet braces.


To arrange a self-funded/private orthodontic consultation - you do not need to be referred to us by your dentist, please use the contact form to contact us directly to arrange an appointment.

Why is there a waiting list?


Since 2006, under the terms of the new dental contract, NHS Local Commissioning Teams have been able to control the size of contracts held by orthodontists.


This means that sometimes there is a mismatch between the number of patients who want and qualify for treatment and the availability of funding, resulting in a waiting list.

We will advise you on the length of the waiting list at the time of acceptance.

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