A few weeks ago friend who is an orthodontist spoke to me about a trust her profession was planning to set up to help children whose families can’t afford treatment.
It sounded like a good idea but like many good ideas needed a lot of work to make it work.
That work has now been done and the Wish for a Smile Trust was launched last night.
The Wish for a Smile Trust is a public health initiative of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists. The trust aims to make specialist orthodontic treatment available to young New Zealanders who would otherwise be unable to access orthodontic care.
Orthodontic treatment can make a huge difference to a child through increased self esteem and an optimistic future outlook. Unlike standard dental care, orthodontics is not free for young people in New Zealand.
This isn’t cosmetic surgery for the vain, it’s orthodontic treatment for young people with serious dental problems.
Campbell Live’s story about the trust is here.