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dh offered teeth straightening and whitening free on nhs. my dentist denies me.

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Oblomov Wed 29-May-13 19:42:00

My dh changed dentist 2 years ago to next town one. He was unhappy at the expense and service of our old one. Everything is cheaper. By huge margin. Polish £18. For me £48. I was tempted to move. But stayed. In our high st. Kept me and 2 ds's here. Now I so wish I had moved.
New dentist had offered dh free straightening of teeth by whatever means, braces or whatever. And whitening. All for free. On NHS.
so, I bore this on mind when I went to see my dentist. I begged for braces as a teenager, but due to plaque was denied. I want straightening and whitening. I literally have no bite.
She refered to me opthalmist. Said privately it would be very expensive. Said she doubted much could be done. Because of my diabetes , my plaque and weak teeth, if I had a brace they would only move back, if she could get them to move at all.was what she said.
Most negative.
Is it worth moving to dh's dentist?

Virgil Wed 29-May-13 19:44:03

It would seem so and it's very odd that you haven't already moved due to the difference in cost.

But to expect cosmetic treatment paid for by the NHS is wrong. Neither you nor your husband should be getting it.

Oblomov Wed 29-May-13 19:53:18

surely SOME people get straightening on the nhs? Surely some people in their 30's and 40's get braces on the nhs?

I appreciate I am a bit cheeky to ask. But dh got offered it, without even asking.
And I have been beggin, on and off since a teenager.
I have literally no bite at all. How I chew, I don't know. practically only my back molars meet. I have no bite at all. I can not bite a sandwich or a slice of cucumber, at the front because my teeth do not meet AT ALL.
So i reckon, if anyone, I MIGHT be a qualifying case.
But you say no. At all, virgil.
No chance?

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Wed 29-May-13 19:55:30

Our NHS dentist doesn't offer it at all for adults.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Wed 29-May-13 19:58:19

unless you are not in England it is very very unlikely that your dh treatment will be without cost

landofsoapandglory Wed 29-May-13 20:03:54

I haven't heard of an adult having orthodontic treatment on the NHS for years to be honest, and I highly doubt that any dentist would whiten teeth on the NHS. Even children have to fit very tight criteria to get orthodontics on the NHS, nowadays.

Just because you receive NHS treatment doesn't mean it is free either, unless you are on certain benefits.

BigBoobiedBertha Wed 29-May-13 20:05:08

I have no idea how dentists are trained apart from years at university but is there a possibility your DH has been offered this treatment for free because somebody is using him as a patient to practice or train on. My DH got free treatment some years ago by being a guinea pig. It would have cost a lot of money to get it done even by the NHS.

I do doubt whether what is effectively cosmetic treatment (especially the whitening) would be free on the NHS so if it is to be free there has to be a reason.

Oblomov Wed 29-May-13 20:06:40

Oh o.k.
So dh really was the lucky unusual case then.
Bugger !!

MagicBaguette Wed 29-May-13 20:07:38

I currently have braces 'on the NHS'. They are costing £2000, whereas privately they would cost £5000.

starfishmummy Wed 29-May-13 20:29:31

But if your teeth are not suitable for these treatments - which it seems your dentist thinks is the case - moving dentists won't make any difference will it?

paintyourbox Wed 29-May-13 21:52:48

My friend for her teeth whitened "on the NHS" but that was only because medication she was given as a child caused staining of the adult teeth.

She told me that the dentist had advised her that whitening and straightening is done on the NHS if there was a medication problem or some sort of trauma (e.g due to an accident) that had badly affected the teeth.

EeyoreIsh Wed 29-May-13 22:00:28

I'm an adult having braces on the nhs. But it's because I have an atrocious bite, over bite, wonky jaw, hypodontia etc. and it'll be paired with jaw surgery.

I don't think straight forward cosmetic dentistry is eligible.

(I do know I'm really lucky to get this treatment on the nhs, but I'd rather be in a position of not needing it.)

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