NHS Ortho

The Midlands Orthodontic Specialists in Birmingham

NHS Orthodontic Treatment Referrals

Your first step is to speak to your dentist. They will look at your teeth closely and they may take pictures and measurements before organising the referral to us. Once you reach our practice, our specialists will assess your teeth and determine if you are eligible for NHS orthodontic braces.

The NHS provides orthodontic treatment
for children under the age of 18 with a
clear, clinical need.

This is assessed according to a set of graded criteria called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). If your child meets grade 4 or 5 then they are eligible. Examples of problems that would meet this grading would be multiple missing teeth that require gap closure, severe teeth overcrowding or a severe overbite.

Why choose One
Devonshire Place
for orthodontics?

  • More than 10,000 cases completed
  • Specialist orthodontists have extra training and experience
  • More choice with our full range of systems
  • Private treatment = no waiting lists
  • Pay as you go
  • Free onsite parking
  • Open 6 days a week
  • Trusted by 200 referral dental practices across the Midlands

What To Expect

An initial assessment to determine whether your child
meets the criteria for orthodontic treatment under the
NHS. There will be a more restricted range of treatment
options available than would be offered privately. If
your child is treated with fixed standard braces then
they are likely to be wearing their appliance for around
18 to 24 months. During this time, they’ll need to see
us every six weeks or so to have their braces adjusted.
They’ll be advised to avoid hard, chewy food and fizzy
or acidic drinks for the duration of their treatment.
Your child will be on a waiting list and it could be
a long time before they begin treatment.


Learn about our patient journey

Meet our specialist

Dr Rob Slater

Dr Rob Slater

GDC No. 65931

BDS FDSRCS MOrthRCS MSc, Specialist in Orthodontics

  • Pioneering founder and former chairman of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society
  • Worked as an examiner, trainer, noted publisher and international lecturer
  • Began his career as a dental technician, creating orthodontic appliances