The Exeter Orthodontic Practice has recently been awarded two contracts by NHS England, allowing us to provide orthodontic treatment for eligible patients. As well as providing orthodontic services in our main practice in Exeter, we also provide out-reach assessment clinics in Honiton, Tiverton and Okehampton.
To qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment, patients are assessed using nationally agreed guidelines that were first introduced in 2006. The guidelines are called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (I.O.T.N.) and look at every aspect of the bite.
Our orthodontic specialists are trained to carefully assess the need for treatment carefully, by using IOTN, please look at the British Orthodontic Society website for more information (www.bos.org.uk).
Provided the patient meets the criteria they will be eligible for orthodontic treatment funded by the NHS. Examples of these bite problems include:
- Significantly crowded teeth
- Reverse bite
- Protruding teeth
- Impacted (buried) teeth
- Missing teeth