Remember those dental extras included in your health insurance policy? Well, we’re here to remind you that they expire on 1 January!
While many of us forget all about our dental benefits, taking advantage of any included extras before your fund resets can help you get more from your health insurance - so you can keep on smiling!
And the great news is, you could be covered for more than you think. From keeping on top of your oral health with a routine check-up and clean to starting your journey towards a beautifully straight smile with Invisalign® treatment, some policies include a range of dental extras that you won’t want to miss out on.
We want to help you make the most of your dental benefits - read on to discover how to maximise your extras, so you can keep on smiling.
Make the most of your dental benefits
The dental benefits included in your health insurance policy will depend on the type of policy and the level of cover you selected. Dental extras can range from general dental services to major treatments - some will even include certain cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, so you could get a flawless white smile as part of your cover.
What’s more, some routine dental services - such as a twice-yearly dental check-up and clean - may be covered with no gap, which means you wouldn’t have to pay anything for this service.
Book in for your free check-up and clean
As mentioned above, some health insurance policies will include up to two check-up and clean appointments per year, allowing you to book in for your regular check-up without needing to pay a cent!
Check-up and clean appointments are an important part of maintaining good oral health and avoiding minor issues from becoming more complex dental problems (which will likely be more difficult and costly to treat).
If your policy includes a dental check-up and clean, be sure to book in before your policy resets on January 1.
Here’s how to maximise your dental extras
Now you know your AHM policy will roll over at the end of the year (1 January), how do you go about taking advantage of any available dental benefits so you can make the most of your included extras?
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Check your policy
The first step in getting the most out of your policy’s dental extras is to find out exactly what you’re covered for.
Different policies will cover different dental services, ranging from general dental treatments to major dental services. In some cases, you might even be covered for popular cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign® or teeth whitening.
You might 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.
2. Book your appointment!
Once you know what dental benefits you’re covered for, it’s time to make an appointment with your local National Dental Care or DB Dental practice. You’ll need to do this before January 1st, which is when your health fund policy and any included extras will reset.
By checking your dental benefits and making an appointment before the year ends (1 Jan), you can take full advantage of your dental extras - which is definitely a reason to smile!