Student discount at Dentist?????

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EggCustard
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I was wondering if you get cheaper fees at Dentists if you are a student?

I'll be full time in sept 08 - firstly I would like my teeth cleaned as it's been awhile and mine are crooked and I can't floss them (the one's at front).

But I will need to have a milk tooth removed (I'm 36!) and the adult tooth dissappeared many years ago - the milk tooth is wearing away now so it will need to be removed but then I'll need something to fill the gap!
(it's the left 'fang' tooth)

I think this will work out rather expensive!! saving some costs would be good!
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As far as I know, if you're in full time education you don't pay dentist's fees. But I could be wrong about that in terms of higher education, or for mature students.
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^^ I think that's only on the NHS... and there aren't many NHS dentists left! At my dentists, 18year olds in fulltime education get a discount, but you might as well ask around at your local dentists!
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After 18 you have to pay dentist fees. As far as I'm aware there are no student discounts.

Try to find an NHS dentist coz the work will be considerably cheaper
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Oh, right. I have an NHS dentist, which is probably why I was told the above.
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You'll need to fill in a HC1 form for 'help with health costs' (can pick up from docs/dentists/some pharmacies) - I get free dental care / prescriptions etc off that (not specifically for students, just based on 'low earnings' but there's a section for people in full time education). Depending on earnings etc, you'll probably get some help with dental fees on the NHS.
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Does free dental care mean free braces etc.
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I thought if you were in full time education it was free provideing you go to an NHS dentist, not a regular one.
At a regular dentist its only free untill your 18.
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I meangt with the hc1 form if you needed braces would u get those free.
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Typical!!!!
had heard from a lot of people that have said that students got a discount, done of them were students so I thought I'd better check.

NHS Dentist are awful though.

I had a 20 year old filling redone and it needs doing again only after 2 and half years later!!!! grrrr.

well, hopefully it was just that particular dentist!

I knew it was free up to sixteen year olds (was when I was that age)

thanks
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(Original post by Lady_Darkness)
You'll need to fill in a HC1 form for 'help with health costs' (can pick up from docs/dentists/some pharmacies) - I get free dental care / prescriptions etc off that (not specifically for students, just based on 'low earnings' but there's a section for people in full time education). Depending on earnings etc, you'll probably get some help with dental fees on the NHS.
ah! I'll have to find about that - I'm sure I can ring a dentist and find out.
where would you get the form HC1 from?
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afraid to say being a student does not automatically mean you get free/reduced dentistry.

You have to complete a HC1 form including income/outgoings/savings. If you exceed a certain level in their calculations you may be lucky and get a HC2 (same as folk on really low income and benefits) or if you are like me as my scholarship is greater than the minimum wage you might get a HC3 form which states how much you have to pay before you get free treatment. My Gf has a HC2 as her income is below teh threshold, I have a HC3 which states I have to pay up to £230 odd...NB this is more than the maximum NHS denttist charge of £170 odd so I have to pay for check ups and fillings and practically the whole shabang.

anyway, its not about being a student, its about income level.
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Thanks Flexiblefish - where do you get the forms from?
should I fill out a HC1 first - do you get an information booklet when you get the form??

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I'm 19 and in full time education and last time i went to the dentist i was charged so i'm guessing it's only up to age 18. But i think your question's already been answered by Flexiblefish, just thought i'd add what i had to say incase it helped at all
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Probably best to ask your local health board what they offer. I have a sneaking suspicion its free, however it might just be a reduced cost.

As for braces, you probably wouldnt get that on the NHS as a student unless it was deemed to cause lasting health benefits, rather than treating a cosmetic aspect. Its still worth checking out though.
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I went private in Poland and it was much cheaper than having it all done here. Plus I've not seen anyone on TSR who's older than me

Marcus
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(Original post by xKarinx)
I'm 19 and in full time education and last time i went to the dentist i was charged so i'm guessing it's only up to age 18. But i think your question's already been answered by Flexiblefish, just thought i'd add what i had to say incase it helped at all
did they not tell you about filling a form then?
ie: they don't provide them at a dentist.

guess it's one of those things that you have to know about before going - they don't mention it themselves!

Thanks for your response though... still helpful
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(Original post by marcusfox)
I went private in Poland and it was much cheaper than having it all done here. Plus I've not seen anyone on TSR who's older than me

Marcus

how are you then? :p:
I'm not sure I fancy going to poland just to get my milk tooth taken out and replaced!!

I've been to Krakow years ago though! Loved the Tatra mountains
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Im 22 and have the HC2 form. In full time education at University. Was told about this through my Chemist, who gave me the forms.
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You can get the form from the job centre.
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