Incorporating the Docklands Dental Referral Centre
Tel: 0207 538 9990

NHS vs private

Treatment on the NHS

Treatment on the NHS is only available to those with the greatest health needs. Therefore, your health must meet new NHS criteria in order to qualify. Do not worry if you do not know what these are, we will determine this for you at your initial consultation.

NHS acceptance criteria

During your initial consultation we will assess you using The Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). It is a fair and reliable way to select those children who will benefit most from treatment.

The IOTN assesses two components:

  1. Dental Health Component - Comprising of 5 grades. Each grade increasing in severity from 1 to 5.
  2. The Aesthetic Component - A scale of 10 colour photographs is used, increasing in severity from 1 to 10.
Your child will then be scored based on both components and if they score above 3.9 then treatment will be provided on the NHS.

Private treatment

For the widest choice of options and a treatment plan that can fit around your lifestyle, private treatment is for you. Private patients are not restricted by any NHS acceptance criteria or age limitations. Absolutely anyone at any age can have private orthodontic treatment.