Our initial assessment fee incurs a discrete fee which is paid on the first visit and covers:
- The assessment and any records taken including x –rays.
- A second visit to further discuss the treatment if necessary.
This fee may be discounted if the patient has their own recent and relevant x-rays.
Further review appointments may incur an additional charge.
After the initial assessment all patients will be given a written quote, which is specific to them, outlining the expected costs of further treatment in the practice.
Once the decision to progress to treatment has been agreed the treatment costs can then either be:
- Paid for as a single payment at the start of treatment and receive a 10% discount on the quoted cost.
- Paid for over the term of the treatment, on an interest free basis, following a payment schedule which will be agreed with you.
- It would be expected that the entire cost of the treatment, including the retainers, would be cleared before the treatment is completed and the appliances removed.
Siblings of patients already treated in the practice will automatically receive the 10% discount and a single payment does not increase this discount.
In the majority of cases there will be no additional treatment costs, above those costs already quoted, but repeated breakages, lost appliances or missed appointments could incur additional charges.
One set of removable retainers will be provided after the treatment is completed and these will be replaced free of charge if they fracture or break through normal use within the first 12 months.
Permanent retainers may also be provided and these will be replaced or repaired free of charge if they fracture or break through normal use within the first 12 months.
HSE patients initially pay for their treatment on a private basis but they can claim back up to €2200 through the cross border funding scheme at the end of treatment. The details are outlined below.
- Patients who have been referred to the HSE for an orthodontic grading assessment can choose to have us carry out this assessment instead. A refund of up to €100 can then be claimed back through the cross border funding scheme for the cost of this assessment. The patient does not have to qualify for further HSE treatment to make this claim. The claim cannot be made if the patient has been, or wishes to be, assessed by a HSE orthodontist.
- Patients who are on a current HSE waiting list for treatment (or who we assess as being eligible for HSE treatment) and elect to have their treatment carried out by us can claim back up to €2100 from the Cross Border funding scheme at the end of treatment.
- Patients will not be eligible for a refund if they do not meet the qualifying criteria for HSE orthodontic treatment.
- Patients who choose to have the treatment with us and make a claim through the cross border scheme cannot have treatment with the HSE at a later stage.
- There are some forms to be completed to make the claim application but we can guide patients through this process as needed.
If you feel this could apply to your child please feel free to call us and we can talk you through the details of the scheme.
Children or adults who wish to have NHS orthodontic treatment must meet the NHS qualifying criteria for NHS funded care and must be referred to the practice by their dentist.
Your orthodontist will determine if you qualify for NHS treatment by grading your teeth using a system called the Index for Orthodontic Need (IOTN). This will be done on your initial consultation.
If you are exempt from NHS fee’s (see below) you will not have to pay for this initial assessment even if you do not qualify for further treatment.
If you are not entitled to NHS exempt treatment there will be a fee for this assessment and any records that were taken to determine your IOTN grade.
If you do qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment and are exempt from NHS fees your will not have to pay for your treatment as long as it is covered by the NHS payment scheme. You may however have to cover the cost of replacing a lost or broken appliance that has already been provided by the NHS.
Patients who are not entitled to fully exempt NHS treatment will have to pay 80% of the treatment cost (up to a maximum of £384) for each treatment stage. A total course of NHS orthodontics can be made of up to four stages of treatment. However in most cases it would not be expected that the total fee for the entire course of treatment (4 stages) would exceed £500.
You will be given an estimate of your total treatment cost before you commence your NHS treatment.
NHS exempt patients include:
- Patients under 18 years old.
- Patients under 19 years old and are in full time education.
- If you are pregnant.
- If you have had a child, within the 12 months before treatment starts.
- If you or your partner receives Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
- If you are entitled to, or named on a valid tax credit exemption certificate.