Dental care is free for all New Zealand kids until their 18th birthday. Until year 9 children are seen by the school dental service and from year 9 they see a dentist.

Dentist can see below year 9 kids for free dental care only when they have a referral letter from school dental nurse or if there are any emergencies.

If not parents can choose to pay a private fee for below year-9 kids to get regular check-ups and treatment done by a dentist.

Orthodontics (braces) and any dental treatment relating to orthodontics is not covered by this service and privates fees will be charged.

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