Making an Orthodontic Referral

You can download an easy to use referral guide for every day use HERE

Is my patient eligible for NHS treatment?

Eligibility for free-of-charge NHS orthodontic treatment is based on the severity of the malocclusion measured using the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN), and on the age of the patient.

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When should I refer for an orthodontic assessment?

Most patients can be referred when the permanent teeth are first established. Find out more about the important occasions when this is not the case.

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Where should I refer my patient?

The definitive answer to this question will depend on local arrangements and you may wish to contact your Primary Care Trust, Managed Clinical Network or Local Dental Committee.

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How do I make a referral?

These tips are intended to help get the best and most efficient treatment for your patients when making an orthodontic referral.

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When should I avoid making an orthodontic referral?

There are occasions when an orthodontic referral may not be appropriate. Find out more here

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What are the options for referring adults or patients with mild problems?

Many adults are now seeking orthodontic treatment for a wide variety of problems. There is limited funding for adult orthodontic treatments with the majority being carried out on a private basis. For patients with mild orthodontic problems who do not qualify for NHS treatment some may choose to seek a private referral regardless.

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