The HSE provides free orthodontic treatment for children with the most severe orthodontic problems. The criteria used to decide whether a child qualifies for treatment in the HSE is determined by nationally agreed eligibility guidelines based on an international grading system (IOTN). The types of orthodontic problems that qualify under the guidelines include front teeth that are buried and fail to erupt, multiple missing teeth, very prominent front teeth or severe problems with the bite or jaw development.
HSE dental surgeons are trained in the 2007 guidelines for eligibility and so can advise you and refer your child to the local HSE orthodontic unit for assessment if the malocclusion is sufficiently severe. This service is accessed through screening appointments in your child’s primary school. You can also contact your local Dental Clinic directly for advice on having your child assessed for orthodontic treatment. https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/lho/.
Treatment waiting times vary from region to region. The most severe cases are prioritised and seen first. Once you have been referred to an HSE Orthodontic Unit, queries regarding your orthodontic treatment can be directed to that clinic. The contact details can be found here: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/lho/
At a HSE Orthodontic unit, your child will receive treatment from fully qualified specialist orthodontists who have undergone an extra 3 years of full-time training in orthodontics. You can check the qualifications of your orthodontist by following the link to the Irish Dental Council Specialist list in Orthodontics