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Dental Services: Young People

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental braces were provided for those under the age of 18 years in each of the last five years; and what proportion of the associated costs were funded by the NHS. (205873)

Patients aged under 18 are exempted from national health service dental charges. If a dental brace is prescribed and fitted as part of an NHS course of treatment for a patient aged under 18, the full cost of that treatment is borne by the NHS.

Information is no longer collected on individual appliances, including dental braces provided as part of NHS treatment. Information is available for the years ending 31 March 2004, 2005 and 2006. The available information is provided in the following table. No information is collected on dental appliances or treatment provided outside the NHS.

England onlyYear ending March

Description

2006

2005

2004

Removable Spring and / or Screw Appliance—Upper

50,274

59,215

63,529

Removable Spring and / or Screw Appliance—Lower

447

485

600

Simple Fixed Appliance—Upper

10,378

9,554

8,921

Simple Fixed Appliance—Lower

1,121

641

726

Fixed Multiband or Multibracket Appliance—Upper

151,905

143,602

140,975

Fixed Multiband or Multibracket Appliance—Lower

138,985

131,275

127,152

Functional Appliance

14,077

13,350

13,386

Bite Plane Appliance

6,626

5,941

5,627

Total

373,812

364,064

360,916

Source:

NHS Business Authority Dental Services Division