APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications close twice a year on February 28 and August 31

To be eligible your child MUST have AT LEAST TWO severe orthodontic problems. Click here to see the problems.

Your child’s dentist or dental therapist will need to complete a Dental Assessment Form to be able to tell you if your child is eligible to apply.

It can take up to six weeks to collect together all the information required for your application

Click here to see the documents you will need for your application

  1. A letter from you (the child’s parent/guardian) explaining why you think your child would benefit from orthodontic treatment.
  2. A letter from your child telling us how having orthodontic treatment will make their life better.
  3. A letter from your child’s school principal, dean or teacher. This must be on a school letterhead. If your child is not at school, include a character reference from someone in the community who knows them well.
  4. A Personal Tax Summary (PTS) from IRD, for yourself and anyone else who contributes to your child’s care. You can either:
  5. A photograph of your Community Services Card showing your name and number
  6. Photos of your child’s face and teethClick here for directions on how to take these photographs.
  7. A Dental Assessment Form completed by your child’s dentist or dental therapist. Click here to download (your dentist may choose to submit this form online)

Once you have all of the required documents and photos click here to apply

Step 1

To find out if your child is eligible

Take your child to their dentist or dental therapist and ask then to complete this Dental Assessment Form – click here

If your child is eligible then you can

Apply via post. Click here to download the forms, and provide the information required

Post all the information to:
Wish For A Smile Trust
3 Clyde Road
Riccarton
Christchurch 8041

Click here to apply online

Fill out the forms online and upload the information required

* You will receive confirmation from us once your application has been received

If your child is not eligible

Click here for more information about orthodontics and NZAO orthodontists in your area

Step 2

Your application will be assessed by the Wish For A Smile National Selection Committee.
You will be sent an email within THREE months of the application round closing, advising whether or not your child has been accepted for the next stage of the selection process.

 

If your child is selected for the next stage

You will be asked to visit a local Wish For A Smile orthodontist who will examine your child’s teeth and take photographs and x-rays. (There is no charge for this visit or for the photographs and x-rays.)

The orthodontist will send the x-rays and photographs to the Wish For A Smile National Selection Committee

If your child is not selected for the next stage

Click here for more information about orthodontics and NZAO orthodontists in your area

Step 3

Your child’s application, together with the photos and x-rays from the orthodontist will be reassessed by the National Selection Committee

If your child is selected for orthodontic treatment

Congratulations!

Your child will receive their orthodontic treatment from a Wish For A Smile orthodontist in your area

If your child is not selected for orthodontic treatment

Click here for more information about orthodontics and NZAO orthodontists in your area