Is Invisalign available on the NHS?
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that involves the use of clear plastic and removable aligners to straighten the teeth. Invisalign has become a common tooth straightening treatment and preferred alternative to traditional braces because it offers a convenient and discreet treatment.
Invisalign also allows people undergoing treatment to eat and drink anything provided you remove the aligners first. It also makes cleaning teeth while undergoing a treatment easy because you can take out your aligners and clean your teeth normally. This Invisalign feature makes it more attractive to most people because they can preserve their oral health while straightening their teeth.
Most persons that want to straighten their teeth with Invisalign are concerned about the cost and want to know whether the NHS funds Invisalign treatment or not.
NHS funding for braces
Funding for dental work on the NHS is usually complicated. NHS funding for dental services or treatment is not available in private clinics.
Orthodontic treatments are available in the NHS, but the treatment aims to improve the patient’s dental health and not the aesthetic of the smile or teeth. NHS funding for dental work is only available for people below 18 who meet the treatment criteria. For persons below 18 to access orthodontic care on the NHS, a dentist will access your need for the treatment using a rating system called Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN).
IOTN grading runs from 1 to 5. If your assessment score is 4 or 5, the NHS will fund your orthodontic treatment, but if your score is 3, your orthodontist will consider the appearance of your teeth to determine if you qualify for NHS funding. If your score is 1 or 2, you won’t be eligible for NHS funding.
NHS Funding for Invisalign
Adults are not eligible for orthodontic care on the NHS, but adults can get approval on a case-by-case basis. Even if you receive NHS funding for orthodontic treatment, it is unlikely that you would get Invisalign in London. Regardless of your age, you can only get traditional metal braces through NHS funding.
NHS provides funding on only metal braces because they effectively straighten the teeth and is more affordable than other orthodontic devices like Invisalign.
Pay for Invisalign privately
Orthodontic treatments are usually expensive, but most private dental clinics try to make these treatments affordable, so they offer a 0% interest payment plan that allows patients to spread their treatment cost over some months.
If you have crooked teeth or bite issues and want to get Invisalign treatment but concerned about the cost, you can schedule a free consultation at Chatfield Braces to discuss a suitable payment plan for Invisalign treatment. Our orthodontist will assess your teeth during your consultation to determine your suitability for Invisalign and discuss your payment options.
At Chatfield Dental Braces, we offer different orthodontic treatment packages that are not available on the NHS. You can contact us now on 020 7183 4041 to get more information about our orthodontic treatment packages.