Document Who is entitled to orthodontic treatment?

NHS-funded orthodontic treatment is only normally available to patients who are under 18 years old or aged 18 and in full-time education and have a clear clinical need for treatment.

A patient would have to be assessed to determine eligibility for NHS funded orthodontic treatment. This is done using the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needed (IOTN).

NHS orthodontic care isn't usually available for adults but may be approved by local NHS commissioners, on a case-by-case basis, if the functional needs are great.

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