Adolescent Treatment (13 – 17 years)
Adolescents in New Zealand who meet the eligibility criteria for publicly funded health and disability services are entitled to free basic oral health services from birth to 17 years of age (until their 18th birthday).
How To Enrol
It’s easy to enrol – just call 03 477 7993. We’ll guide you through it and send you the right forms for you to fill in.
Standard treatments are free and include:
- routine examination to check teeth for decay and look at the gums and mouth for any problems
- X-rays used to find tooth decay and other problems that can’t be seen
- fluoride treatment, which helps make the surface of the teeth more resistant to decay
- fissure sealants, which are a thin layer of white filling, painted onto teeth that are at risk of developing tooth decay
- cleaning to plaque, staining and tartar from teeth
- fillings to restore teeth that have been affected by tooth decay
- extractions to remove teeth that have been badly affected by tooth decay
Referral For Extra Treatments
If your child needs extra treatments, you'll be referred to another oral health service provider.
- Many treatments will still be free, but you'll need to pay for some treatments – such as orthodontics (which includes braces on teeth).
Don’t wait for teeth problems; take your child for regular check-ups.
Dental check-ups mean problems are recognised and treated early.
- Try to get an appointment for a time when your child isn’t tired.
- Always be positive about dental visits. Use language such as ‘keeping your teeth healthy’ and ‘keeping your smile beautiful’