What age can I get braces on the NHS?
You will be considered an adult if you are over 18 years of age. Adults are usually not eligible for Brace treatment on the National Health Service (NHS). This is because any type of brace treatment for adults is considered to be cosmetic in nature and the NHS does not provide cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is an optional elective treatment. It does not fall into the realms of necessary treatment on the NHS.
The NHS has limited funding and budget, so it attempts to only supply those treatments that improve the health of the mouth. The aim of treatments on the NHS is to establish healthy teeth based on a health foundation, so that you can eat and chew comfortably.
Treatments on the NHS are restricted to those that remove infection and rebuild teeth to restore the health of the mouth.
It cannot afford to also provide for cosmetic procedures, and so the NHS considers these not necessary. It will also choose those treatment options that are the most cost-effective and have minimal cost of production. Want straight teeth?
However, there are multiple options for affordable dentistry now independent of the NHS.
Alternative to the NHS, Private braces treatment solutions offer:
- Customised treatment options. There are now so many different types of treatments available on the market that we can choose a treatment that best suits you and your budget. This allows us to formulate bespoke treatment plans unique to you.
- Use of innovative orthodontic treatments. Technologies have come forward leaps and bounds over the last 20 years. We can now be more selective in how we perform treatments. These options are not available on the NHS due to their limited budgets.
- The actual treatments themselves are cosmetic in nature and hence are not as conspicuous as traditional orthodontic techniques like metal train-tracks. We now use tooth coloured components and wires or the use of clear invisible aligners.
- Treatments that produces stunning results. Due to the wide choice of products and materials we can create beautiful well-aligned teeth that only take a few months to do. You can now have quick, comfortable, and long lasting solutions.
- Various payment plans and financial options are available to help make treatments more affordable. This allows you to have the dentistry done now but pay in affordable installments.
Although the NHS does not provide brace treatment to adults over the age of 18 years, there are now a large plethora of choices opened up that house a large assortment of solutions aimed specifically at adults.
Short Term Adult Orthodontics is a field of dentistry aimed specifically at adults and includes brace treatment.