How Long is the NHS Braces Waiting List?

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Due to the current situation regarding COVID 19, at Central Orthodontics, we now have a backlog of patients waiting to be seen on the NHS. Currently, guidelines have advised patients on the NHS waiting list that there may be a longer wait than first expected.

Due to this, our current waiting is now approximately 5 years.

We understand this is disappointing news. However, the current situation is out of our hands. We do our utmost to see as many patients as soon as possible in line with current funding. Due to our current funding allocation, we are only able to see 500 NHS patients per year. In April 2006 the NHS introduced a new dental contract which outlined new eligibility criteria for NHS orthodontic treatment and a number of patients that can receive funding for orthodontic treatment each year. This limit of funding and changes in eligibility have left practices with more patients that their allocated funding provides for leading to extensive waiting lists. As this is a longer waiting period, teeth may shift or move during this time. We want you to be aware before we treat your child that NHS treatment might not be available if the health need does not fit the criteria once they have reached the top of the waiting list. This is enforced with all orthodontists within the NHS.

We treat a number of Orthodontic Problems

These are some of the most common teeth issues, which are easily treatable.

Private Braces

We are able to offer alternative private treatment options, which can be discussed with our Orthodontic Therapists. We offer a range of different brace options such as metal braces, Damon braces and Invisalign.

Payment plan

Here at Central Orthodontics, we offer a range of different ways to pay to help you fund the cost of your treatment. You can choose to pay either a third or a half of your treatment cost up-front or complete the full payment in advance.

Example Payment Plan -

This payment plan shows an example of half of the treatment cost being paid up-front and the remaining cost being split over 8 appointments.


Finance options are also available. We work with an external company called Dental Finance. This allows us to offer a range of different finance options. You will need to apply for this finance with Dental Finance directly and they will require a full credit check. When making your application, it would be helpful if you could include the practice reference/supplier number in the appropriate box. Our reference numbers are: Tamworth � 10262125 Bearwood � 10262126 Should you have any questions please feel free to either contact us at the practice or Dental Finance direct on 03452 591091. You can also email them at [email protected] and they will be pleased to answer any questions you might have.

Braces Before & After

We would like to reassure you that all of our staff at Central Orthodontics are fully trained and committed to providing all of our patients with friendly, courteous, confidential and professional service. We look forward to seeing you at our practice
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