Be Friends With Your Benefits: How to Make the Most of Your Dental Extras
With many health funds due to reset on December 31st, we’re here to help you be friends with your benefits - in other words, to make the most of any dental extras you have available, so you can start 2022 with a healthy smile!
From a check-up and clean to cosmetic dental treatments, now is the perfect time to check what dental benefits your policy covers you for, then book in with your local National Dental Care or DB Dental practice so you can maximise your benefits.
To help you be friends with your dental benefits, here are our tips for making the most of your extras.
Check your cover - you could be eligible for more than you think!
When it comes to health insurance, many of us don’t always read the fine print. However, it’s important to check what dental benefits your health fund policy includes, so you know what you’re covered for and which treatments are eligible for a rebate.
The specific inclusions will differ depending on your health fund provider and policy type, ranging from general dental to major work and, in some cases, certain cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign® and teeth whitening
Take a look at your policy or call your health fund provider to get clear on exactly what dental benefits you have available.
Take advantage of your free check-up and clean
Most health fund policies include a twice-yearly dental check-up and clean with no gap, which means you can book in for this service completely free of charge.
A check-up and clean is a crucial step in keeping on top of your oral health. Your dentist will perform an oral assessment to check for any dental health issues, as well as providing a thorough clean. You’ll also be able to chat with your dentist about any oral health concerns, as well as available options if you require further treatment.
If it’s been more than six months since your last check-up, book in with your local practice before December 31st to take advantage of this handy bonus.
Talk to your dentist about a treatment plan
If you need to undergo significant dental work, talk to your dentist about creating a treatment plan that allows you to make the most of any available dental extras before they reset. For example, your dentist may be able to develop a plan that involves getting more important treatment underway before the end of the year so you can use up any benefits.
Your National Dental Care or DB Dental practitioner will be able to advise you on the best course of action in order to create a plan that works best for your situation.
Book your appointment before December 31st
If your health fund resets at the end of the year, don’t put off booking an appointment and risk missing out on your benefits! Once you know what dental extras you have available, contact our friendly team so you can book in before December 31st.
You can find your local dental practice here and book an appointment online.
How to make the most of your dental benefits
Not sure how to take advantage of your dental benefits? Here’s our quick guide to checking in and making the most of your extras:
1. Check your reset date
Firstly, check with your health fund to find out when your benefits reset. Most health funds reset by calendar year - meaning you have until December 31st - but some are based on the financial year or the anniversary of your policy.
2. Find out what benefits are included
Different policies will cover different dental services, ranging from general dental to major dental, and in some cases, popular cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign®. You could be covered for dental treatments you weren’t even aware of, so be sure to check your health fund for full details of your benefits.
3. Book in with your dentist
Once you’re clear on your benefits, book an appointment with your local National Dental Care or DB Dental practice before your health fund resets, so you can make the most of your extras and go into the year ahead with a beautiful healthy smile.
Don’t miss out on your dental benefits! To make an appointment at your local practice, book online today.