On the NHS, you can have treatments and services considered clinically necessary for your oral health. This includes check-ups, emergency appointments, X-rays and extractions, and restorative treatments such as fillings, crowns and dentures.
There are some treatments that typically aren’t available on the NHS because they’re carried out for cosmetic reasons, such as teeth whitening and composite bonding.
Dental implant treatment is available on rare occasions if they’re needed for medical reasons. Find out more about dental implants on the NHS.
Braces are available on the NHS for children under the age of 18, however, they must qualify for treatment and will typically be added to a waiting list. Children’s eligibility is assessed by an orthodontist, using the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). This grades patients by their dental concerns and need for treatment for health and aesthetic reasons.