The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is not available for orthodontics (braces) or cosmetic dental work, and cannot be used for any services provided in a hospital.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is aimed to give financial support for basic dental services for children aged 2 – 17. Visit Human Services for eligibility for the Child Dental Benefit Schedule.
While the benefits schedule does not cover braces for children – it does cover the cost for a range of basic services, including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Therefore if your child needs any of the above dental care services during their orthodontic braces treatment, they may be able to use the CDBS (if eligible).
In 2014, benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years.
If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.