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Contracted Dental Providers for Adolescents (Year 9 {Form 3} up until the 18th Birthday)

Dental care is funded for adolescents (Year 9 {Form 3} up until the 18th birthday.

This funded dental care is provided by dental practitioners who have a contract with the District Health Board. If a dental provider does not have a contract with the DHB then the service will not be free.

The majority of dental work is funded but this does not include orthodontic work or any treatments associated with orthodontics.

Please note that large white fillings on the back teeth are not funded. Some dental providers will provide them free of charge but this is at the providers' discretion. You should always be informed that there may be a cost before any treatment starts. Amalgam (metal) fillings are fully funded.

Adolescents can access the funded care regardless of whether they are at school, employed, in tertiary education or on a training course. All adolescents have to be eligible to use the health system in New Zealand to receive funded dental care.

If you are unsure if you are eligible please call us on 0800 TALK TEETH 0800 825 583.

This page was last updated at 12:45PM on November 16, 2018.