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Is Invisalign Braces available on the NHS

Is Invisalign Braces available on the NHS

Posted by:  Admin
30th November, 2020

Invisalign treatment for orthodontic issues is common. Invisalign treatment involves clear plastic, removable braces. It is one of the most common orthodontic treatment because of the comfort and discreetness it offers.

The aligners are transparent, hence, virtually invisible. For most persons, it is a better alternative to the traditional metal braces that leaves the mouth looking like a train track. The Invisalign aligner trays are removable, so you can take them out to brush your teeth, eat and drink anything besides water. This means that there is no eating restriction, and you get to enjoy your regular foods during your orthodontic treatment, while your oral hygiene is at its best.

For most persons considering Invisalign treatment, a common question is whether or not Invisalign is available on the NHS. The Invisalign cost in UK charged at a private clinic is usually different from other clinics, so it is worth shopping around for several quotes to get one that fits your budget.

NHS funding for braces

Generally, NHS funding for dental work is a bit complicated. For private clinics, no dental service or treatment, including Invisalign, is available through the NHS. Some orthodontic treatments are available on the NHS, but they are for patients who the treatment would improve their dental health and not for aesthetics.

People below 18 years who meet the NHS criteria can get orthodontic treatment. An orthodontist would have to assess your need for the treatment using a rating system called Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN).

The system measures the need for treatment by grading the smile between 1 – 5. If your smile is graded either 4 or 5, you can get treatment through the NHS as you need treatment due to some dental health reasons. If your score is three, your dentist will then consider the appearance of your teeth to know whether or not you qualify for NHS funding. Scores one and two do not qualify you for NHS funding.

Invisalign on the NHS

You cannot access the NHS funding for treatment with Invisalign. Most adults do not receive funding from the NHS for their orthodontic treatment, but in cases where there is an extreme need for orthodontic work, the NHS would offer you the traditional metal braces.

Traditional metal braces are effective in straightening the teeth, but the cost of getting them is less than that of lingual braces and Invisalign.

Metal braces do not appeal to everyone, so if you want another brace for your treatment, you may have to pay for it at a private clinic.

Paying for orthodontic treatment privately

Generally, orthodontic treatments are not cheap, but most clinics make the treatment more affordable by offering free consultations and payment plans with no interest. These payment plans help you spread the payment for the treatment over several months.

There are several orthodontic treatment packages which also includes treatments like fixed retainers, shaping, and teeth whitening to make your smile perfect. You can take advantage of any of these treatment packages to achieve a beautiful smile.

Book a free consultation at Museum Dental Suites and also access affordable orthodontic treatment at our clinic. Call us now on 020 7183 0886 for your orthodontic treatment.


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