The long wait for young people to see an orthodontist
Young people have had to wait years for free NHS orthodontic treatment.
Since 2006, a financial cap was imposed on the amount of orthodontic treatment each health board could carry out in a year.
Four years ago, more than 4,000 people in the Hywel Dda health board area were waiting an average of three-and-a-half years to be seen.
An independent review found past inefficiencies in referrals rather than lack of funding led to delays.
The health board said a new tendering process has begun to make a difference.
But some people are being treated by orthodontists outside of the Hywel Dda area.
30 Oct 2019