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Welcome to our
Specialist, orthodontic centre

Dentist referrals for Orthodontic cases

Our background

Our practice has been established for over 25 years and receives more than 1,500 referrals a year from over 100 dentists.

We offer NHS treatment, in routine cases, up to 18 years of age. To be eligible for NHS treatment, patients must score 3.6 or above on the Index Of Treatment Need (IOTN).

However, to now meet NHS ‘Quality and Value’ audit requirements we require the following criteria to be met prior to referrals being accepted:

  • GDPs must satisfy themselves that any patient referred is in adult dentition, with no remaining deciduous teeth (minimum referral age is 11 years of age)
  • Patients must score at IOTN 3.6 or above
  • Patients must have good oral health and hygiene

When to refer

We have previously accepted referrals of all ages however, with immediate effect, we are unable to accept referrals for children under the age of 11 years (the age at which they are normally shedding the last deciduous teeth and are therefore approximately ready to commence NHS treatment).

All child patients should be assessed orthodontically, by their own family dentist and meet the above criteria prior to being referred. Referrals will be returned to their referring dental practice if the criteria are not met.

How to refer

NHS patients are required to be referred by their family Dentist.
Private patients are able to contact us directly to arrange a private consultation.

You are also able to refer patients to us for Panoral, TMJ and Ceph X-Rays

NHS Patient Waiting List

Once you have referred a patient to us for an orthodontic assessment, they will be placed on our New Patient Waiting List, subject to the assessment outcome, if the patient is eligible for NHS treatment they will then move to our Treatment Waiting List.

We receive over 1,500 referrals a year; therefore, we have two types of waiting lists:

  1. New Patients Waiting List
  2. Treatment Waiting List

We shall contact your patient with a proposed appointment by email/post.

Practice Policy on Transfer Cases

Chapel Road Orthodontics does not accept local transfer cases for orthodontic treatment.

What type of cases do we treat?

Treatment NHS Private
Simple Removable Appliance Yes Yes
Routine Fixed Appliances Yes Yes
Complex Fixed Cases Some Yes
Functional/Orthopaedics and Non Extraction Arch Development) No Yes
Adult Treatment No Yes
Combined Ortho/Surgical No Yes