How much do traditional braces cost?
NHS fixed braces are free of charge to under 18s. For adults who qualify, braces fall under the Band 3 treatment fee in England and Wales. Pricing for NHS Scotland and Northern Ireland works differently. Find out more about our NHS treatment options.
If you or your child would like traditional braces, but don’t qualify for NHS care, you can access treatment privately. For an accurate quote, book a consultation with an orthodontist or dentist providing orthodontics. The cost will depend on your individual needs.
At Bupa Dental Care, some of our practices offer Orthodontic Essentials. This is fixed braces for under 18s, at a cost of £2,200. Please ask your local practice for more information.
If you’d like to spread the cost of your treatment, Bupa Dental Care offers a range of finance options.* Speak to your nearest practice to find out more.
Braces on the NHS
NHS orthodontic treatment usually uses traditional metal braces. Treatment is available to under 18s who qualify for NHS care, and adults in a small number of cases. Most adults don't qualify and will need to seek private orthodontic treatment.
To access free NHS care, your child will be referred to a specialist orthodontist by their usual dentist. The specialist will assess if they’re eligible for NHS braces by grading them on a scale called the Index of Orthodontic Need (IOTN).
What are the alternatives to fixed metal braces?
During your consultation, the dentist or orthodontist will discuss the best treatment options for you.
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