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to want to milk my free dental treatment for all it's worth?

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CyrilSneers Sun 13-Jan-13 09:39:12

What can I get done for 'free' before my maternity exemption runs out? Is a scale and polish as much as I can expect? Guessing it won't cover a full set of Hollywood style veneers...?

saycheeeeeese Wed 16-Jan-13 15:43:56

As far as I know if thety are totally private you will need to get on the books of an NHS dentist to qualify, my dentist does both so I was lucky.

Someone might be along o tell me im wrong though smile

Skinnywhippet Tue 15-Jan-13 21:32:47

Do you need to have an nhs dentist to qualify, or will the private dentist do the check ups and necessary work and then claim?

sarahtigh Tue 15-Jan-13 19:18:15

it generally depends on which back tooth counting from centre front 3 always white on NHS , 4 and 5 can be either; 6,7 and 8 generally metal if involve biting surface can be white on surface next to cheek, rules a bit complicated

FaceLikeAPickledOnion Sun 13-Jan-13 14:58:33

Hmmm think I need to change my dentist, two different practices I've been to have said they have to be re-done privately, and not on nhs. Anyone had them done in worcestershire per chance?

thesnootyfox Sun 13-Jan-13 14:24:38

Sarah my veneers were originally done for cosmetic reasons. I
was surprised that I was entitled to have replacements for free under the NHS and I expressed my surprise to my dentist. He said that although they were originally done for cosmetic reasons the replacements are not considered cosmetic because without them I would effectively be left with a half a tooth. He also replaced my metallic fillings with white ones free of charge. I thought that white fillings were specifically exempt under the NHS treatment guidelines but my dentist said I could have them for free under the maternity exemption!

I got my veneers redone after I had DD. I'm onto my third lot - all done on NHS. I was told that some cosmetic work can be done on the Nhs, and mine qualified. I fell off my bike at 14 and damaged my front teeth so they discoloured. They're my two top front teeth so I'm very self conscious of them. They seem to have a shelf life of about 10 years, and it happened they needed done when DD was a few months old. No quibble. Maybe I just have a lovely dentist?

sarahtigh Sun 13-Jan-13 14:17:42

Exemption for pregnant women in UK has been in place for at least 20 years and I think much longer

generally dentists avoid removing metal fillings during pregnancy unless pain so treatment generally kept to a minimum before birth but then it is free until baby a year old to the day ( please note the date on your maternity exemption certificate is irrelevant for dentistry, treatment must start before child one year old ( exemption also applies for still born children too)

cosmetic treatment generally not available on NHS at any time, the average lifespan of a crown/ veneer is 10-20 years, normally by that time as our gum line shrinks with age the margins are often visible and look grey,

if veneers are not generally cosmetic but to cover brown fluorosis marks or tetracycline staining they are more likely to be done on NHS and you may find a dentist who will do them on NHS, I would generally do them on NHS for defects in enamel but not if you wanted your teeth straighter and whiter

thesnootyfox Sun 13-Jan-13 13:59:41

I had veneers done within the maternity exemption. I already had them and they needed replacing after my pregnancy. I also had some non urgent fillings. My dentist said they would probably need replacing within the next couple of years but he would do them earlier so I could have them for free. Very nice dentist. smile

MadonnaKebab Sun 13-Jan-13 13:48:44

Fluorosis, face like
More commonly found in mint-loving kids who sneaked extra tastes of toothpaste
But often misdiagnosed , should be enamel hypo mineralisation ( various causes)

saycheeeeeese Sun 13-Jan-13 13:16:19

Fluoride facelike

Common problem because parents overdid it in the 80's!

FaceLikeAPickledOnion Sun 13-Jan-13 13:14:43

I have a maternity exemption certificate and my veneers need replacing but dentist said I'd still have to pay privately to get them replaced. Wish they'd told me that when I had them done on nhs when I was 16, I would of looked at alternative options. My dentist then told me to have them, I had a huge brown mark on my two front teeth I think she said it was because of flourocess (sp?) Or something like that. Now I can't afford to replace them and they desperately need replacing.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 13-Jan-13 13:02:40

i had a crown that needed replacing about a month before my certificate ran out
i was never so glad to need dental treatment.

saycheeeeeese Sun 13-Jan-13 13:00:29


saycheeeeeese Sun 13-Jan-13 12:59:56

There's very little you can get done while pregnant or even breastfeeding if you need your mouth frozen. In fact my dentist wouldn't even scale and polish while I was pregnant incase I got distressed (I have extremely sensitive teeth) so by the time I had my dd and got around to booking an appointment I only got two free appointments, one to scale and polish and one for a silver filling.

My mum got 3 crowns made of gold for three pregnancies 35+ years ago so I think we are kinder to our fellow taxpayers these dsgs smile

flow4 Sun 13-Jan-13 12:14:29

It's good that this is available now. It wasn't, when I had my babies: I lost a tooth for each pregnancy + year of BFing, so I now have two gaps in my mouth, and I have never been able to afford to do anything about them. Thankfully they're at the back, so not visible unless someone looks for them, but they make me feel older than I am. sad

So use this offer, but don't abuse it. If it costs the taxpayer more than it saves, it will soon be withdrawn.

WilsonFrickett Sun 13-Jan-13 12:13:29

saycheese they were coming to the end of their life (had them done when I was 16) and the gum was moving away from the join. They wouldn't have taken out perfect ones, but they needed re-done so my dentist said 'will we do them?' and I said 'yes thank you very much'.

ResolutelyCheeky Sun 13-Jan-13 12:07:38

The one and only time I didn't get a polish was when I didn't have to pay.
Now I can't afford it I need one every time.
Weird that sad

DamnBamboo Sun 13-Jan-13 11:06:49


This! It ain't feckin' free.

orangepudding Sun 13-Jan-13 10:57:26

I had an appointment just before my exemption ran out, I was covered for all work decided on that day even if it ran over my exemption as I had started my course of treatment.

houseelfdobby Sun 13-Jan-13 10:54:03

YANBU if you need work done and couldn't otherwise easily afford it. That's exactly what it's for

YABU to want to do it if you are wealthy enough to pay and/or it is cosmetic work you fancy.

This dentistry is not "free". It's paid for by hardworking taxpayers. Benefits are for the needy not the greedy.

ceeveebee Sun 13-Jan-13 10:53:35

My dentist would only do silver fillings for free, I had to pay for white ones.

saycheeeeeese Sun 13-Jan-13 10:51:05

saycheeeeeese Sun 13-Jan-13 10:45:29

mammmamia I have invisalign braces smile

I started a thread about adult braces a while ago will try and find it for you!

mammmamia Sun 13-Jan-13 10:41:25

Yanbu.IME pregnancy really messed with my teeth so I had to have loads of work done that year.

saycheeeeese ooh, which braces did you get and how is it going? Am thinking of taking the plunge this year.

janey68 Sun 13-Jan-13 10:29:12

Get whatever's needed, god knows it costs enough at any other time. But you won't be getting a Hollywood smile- it will
Be Stuff that needs doing before your exemption expires

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