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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Orthodontic activity by age

Figures show the number of patients in orthodontic care each year

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[Collapse]Total Ortho Forms32,68729,85326,50728,69328,53226,43825,88225,73623,89120,8337,69921,257
Total Ortho FormsAssess and Accept FP17s8,9559,4319,5249,2639,1959,5079,4549,6339,9509,3921,4669,404
Assess and Refuse FP17s1,9461,9402,1732,2692,0321,8881,6341,7771,9261,2863512,285
Assess and Review FP17s13,55410,4507,1828,6458,7916,6536,4495,3193,8232,8757803,353
Regulation 11 Appliances FP17s682610465615542532403479455459266301
Repairs FP17s3659955343429571926345338
Treatment Abandoned FP17s373396404433403402488408263266212225
Treatment Completed FP17s6,6036,7346,4847,2237,3247,2187,1417,8977,2706,3604,4525,532
Treatment Discontinued FP17s209193220211211209256204178161119119


General description

The information presented here shows the number of patients at different stages of orthodontic activity by age and year.
Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry concerned with the growth and development of the teeth and jaws and the prevention and treatment of abnormalities of this development, therefore most patients are children.

Data collection and calculation

The data is derived from dental activity forms submitted for payment and processed by NHS Business Services Authority Dental Services.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant impact on the way dental services have been provided in Wales and therefore affect the data collected from the last quarter of the financial year 2019-20 and the full financial years 2020-21 and 2021-22.
From 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. For more information see the joint statement from Cwm Taf and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards (see weblinks). The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morganwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board. A link to the statement from the minister for health and social service can be found in the weblinks section.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

2010-11 onwards.

Revisions information



Orthodontic activity by age

Last update

13 October 2022 13 October 2022

Next update

September 2023 (provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Dental Services, NHS Business Services Authority

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local health boards

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

Statistical quality

Please find this information in the related statistical publication and quality report, as per given weblink.


Dental; NHS Dental; Orthodontic activity