18,000 teens on dental waiting lists
Waiting times for children needing orthodontic treatment in HSE-run clinics continues to be an issue.
The Department of Health said those in the greatest need are seen first.
Up to 5pc of children referred before their 16th birthday may be better off waiting before treatment. This is to allow for further growth to take place.
However, many children who need treatment and are suitable for care are still being placed on long queues because of a lack of orthodontists and the level of demand. It is reported 18,025 teens are on waiting lists.
The number of children in waiting lists for over four years in each region include:
HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster 199
HSE Dublin North-East 672
HSE South 66
HSE West 64
Several private orthodontists have plans on offer which would allow parents who want their child to be treated to stagger payments.
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