What teenagers are entitled to
All teens aged 13 to 17 years old are eligible to receive free basic dental treatments. Lumino has contracted dentists that can provide this service along with the Lumino Mobile Bus units that visit 29 colleges in the Auckland area.
These services include:
- Radiographs (if required)
- Preventative treatment such as fluoride application and fissure sealants
- Root canal fillings
- Extractions (but not orthodontic extractions)
- Oral health education and encouragement to continue good oral health
- Restorative treatment
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the Free Adolescent Service?
From Year nine or 13 years old, until their 18th birthday all children regardless of whether they are working or studying are eligible. Many parents and children are unaware of this free service! Dental check ups can be an anxious time for some, by making sure your child receives their regular check ups it eliminates the fear of the unknown.
How many free visits is my child eligible for?
Children in New Zealand are entitled to one free check up per calendar year. If there is another problem like a tooth ache during the year, they are able to make another free appointment, where the tooth ache will be assessed.
What’s involved in my child’s free dental appointment?
When your child sees a dental therapist you can expect, an examination of your child’s mouth, scaling, prophylaxis (cleaning) treatment when required, oral health education and orthodontic referrals if required. If any orthodontic treatment is required this is not free.
Do all dental practices offer free adolescent dentistry?
No, the practice must have an adolescent contract with the District Health Board. Lumino has over 86 dental practices nationwide and over 59 practices that offer the Free Adolescent Dentistry. Find one near you with the search bar above.
What is the difference between a dental hygienist and a therapist?
Your child will typically see a Dental Therapist, as in New Zealand a dental therapist works exclusively with under 18 year olds either for a District Health Board or in a private practice. To read more about the differences between Dental Hygienists and Therapists click here.
What’s the difference between the mobile units and visiting a dental practice?
Parents of over 13 year olds have a choice of where they would like their child to attend their dental checks. It is a good idea to chat to your child regarding this as some like the ease of a mobile unit that visits their college, where others like to attend a clinic where they can take a parent/caregiver or support person.
View Lumino mobile serviced schools here, or to find a practice that offers Free Adolescent Dentistry, use the search bar above.
What happens when my child turns 18?
When your child turns 18 dental treatment in New Zealand is no longer free. It is a good idea to ask the Dental Therapist who has been treating your child for a list of Dentists who practice in your area.
If you have further questions or to book your teen in, contact us on 0508 586466 (LUMINO) or use the search bar above to find your nearest dental practice.