We are proud to be among the few New Zealand Dentists who provide dental treatment through the government dental benefits scheme.
The number of private practice dentists who offer this service is unfortunately dwindling, as many do not see this as a financially rewarding area of practice, on the contrary we see this as an imperative area of community service whereby we are enthusiastically involved in shaping the dental health of our next generation of young New Zealander’s – an area in which our Dr Krystal Tarak and Dr Shirley Wan are passionately involved.
Free basic dental care is available for all New Zealand children and teenagers up to 18 years of age.
Child Dental Care
Free dental care is provided to all children – from birth to Year 8 schooling – at the school or community dental clinics. Dental therapists provide dental examinations, fillings, extraction of primary teeth, applications of fluorides, placement of fissure sealants and oral health education and promotion. For care beyond the scope of dental therapy practice children are referred to an appropriate contracting dental practitioner such as Dr Krystal Tarak or Dr Shirley Wan, who are able to carry out more complicated procedures. Marin McGill is also a dually qualified oral health therapist who is able to treat children under 18 years of age under this scheme.
Special Dental Benefit Scheme for Children
This scheme covers the free care offered by contracting dentists following a referral from a dental therapist. This also includes the emergency treatment offered by dentists outside the hours of school dental clinic. However please be aware that although your normal school clinic may be closed, there will usually be an alternative clinic close by that is still open (eg. During school holidays).
Adolescent Dental Care
Adolescents are eligible for free basic dental care from school Year 9 until their 18th birthday. This service is provided by our Dr Krystal Tarak, Dr Shirley Wan and Marin McGill at no charge to the patient.
Who is entitled to the Scheme?
Adolescents from Form 3, (age 12 to 13yrs), who are residents of New Zealand. The individual is covered under this scheme until their eighteenth birthday.
Does the Scheme cover all treatments?
No, it covers basic dental treatment only. Each adolescent is entitled to one examination per calendar year. The Dental Benefits Scheme does not cover Braces or Orthodontic treatment, or treatment that is required as a result of an accident (in which case ACC will apply).
How do I enroll my Child?
Call into the practice or telephone 0800 ALL SMILES (0800 255 764) and request your child be enrolled in the Dental Benefits Scheme. We will need you to complete and sign the enrolment form and then your child is registered. Please note that the scheme only allows your child to be registered with one dental practice. Please ask our staff if you wish to change your child’s enrolment from another practice to All Smiles Dental.