Private or NHS
At Cygnet Orthodontics we believe in the highest standard of care for all our patients whether private or NHS.
NHS treatment is available to patients under the age of 18 at the time treatment starts. Having been referred to us by a general dentist practitioner, patients must first qualify for treatment under the NHS assessment criteria called the IOTN. Appointment times are offered between 9.30am and 3.00pm and we use metal braces.
Unfortunately due to the constraints on the NHS funding there is a treatment waiting list for NHS patients.
Independent Patients – under 18 years old
Children and teenagers can see the Orthodontist sooner as an ‘Independent Patient’, and not need to wait on the NHS waiting list. There are several benefits for choosing this private patient plan option:
- There is no waiting list and you have more flexibility for booking appointment times.
- Independent Patients are seen between 9.00am and 4.00pm on weekdays. You can book one appointment ahead, therefore, giving more availability to book around holidays and school timetable.
- We allow more surgery consultation time with your specialist Orthodontist to discuss the treatment we are able to offer to address the concerns you have.
- We can offer immediate treatment to correct conditions not available on the NHS including digit habit, crooked teeth and other milder problems. The NHS has no treatment exceptions for those patients suffering psychological effects such as bullying or serious concerns about their appearance. We can address these concerns through earlier treatment.
In general, we use high quality metal braces for our Independent Patients which may have coloured elastics if required. A clear ceramic brace options can be added with an additional fee upgrade according to the types of brackets used.
Private Patients – adults and children
For all our Private Patients there is the ability to come to visit the practice at any time we open. You can book multiple appointments ahead, subject to appointment availability, and have the choice of all the braces that we offer in the practice e.g. clear braces, invisible clear aligners for example Invisalign, or invisible braces on the inside of the teeth such as Incognito.
This service is seen as the premier service and the benefits are reflected in the investment for the treatment.
Payment for your treatment plan both as an ‘Independent’ or ‘Private’ Patient, can be made with a 20% deposit which is payable at the start of treatment with the remainder paid by interest free monthly standing orders over the treatment time.
Alternatively the full fee for your treatment can be paid up front, minus an administration fee for standing order payments.
We accept all major debit cards e.g. Master Card and Visa, but not American Express.