Here at Hockley Dental Surgery we assess both adults and children for orthodontic treatment. Assessments can either take place during our comprehensive dental health examinations or as requested by patients or parents concerned about tooth alignment. Following this assessment, if appropriate, a referral can be completed.
What does an orthodontic assessment involve?
For patients under 18, orthodontic treatment can be offered through the NHS. During an appointment, we can conduct a thorough examination that will ascertain whether the patient could benefit from braces. Our dentist will use the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) – a system that provides a comprehensive chart of the patient’s teeth, bite and jaw. If the score qualifies you can be put forward for NHS treatment.
Why am I being referred?
Orthodontists are specifically trained dental specialists. While our dentists at HDS are experienced and qualified to assess your teeth for orthodontic need, we are not specialist orthodontists and so do not undertake the treatment itself. We refer patients to a range of specialist orthodontist services in hospital and local specialist practice. Whilst we are a Private dental practice young patients are referred for NHS care if the parent or guardian requests and the treatment need is appropriate. They would have as much access to these services as if they received their regular care in an NHS practice.Return to the Treatments page