The WFAST is a public health initiative established by the New Zealand Association Orthodontists (NZAO) in 2011. The Trust aims to make specialist orthodontic treatment available to young New Zealanders who would otherwise be unable to access orthodontic care.
Participating NZAO orthodontists volunteer their equipment, materials, expertise and time to treat selected children within their community who are unable to access orthodontic care because of financial hardship. An active member of the NZAO, Dr Philip Green provides specialist orthodontic treatment to approved applicants in the WFAST programme.
Orthodontic treatment can make a huge difference to a child through increased self-esteem and an optimistic future outlook. Unfortunately, unlike standard dental care, orthodontics is not free for young people in New Zealand.
The WFAST fund received an incredible kick start of $180,000 when a 2011 story on Newshub’s Campbell Live TV show generated a record volume of donations to help Christchurch boy Evan Hill. As this far exceeded what was needed to correct Evan’s teeth – and his sister’s – the team at Campbell Live pledged the excess funds to the WFAST to help other children across New Zealand gain access to specialist orthodontic care.
Applications to the WFAST can only be considered if they are accompanied by a professional assessment and recommendation by your dentist or school dental therapist, with success also dependent on:
The WFAST Board meets at the end of February and August each year to consider and assess applications.
If you have any questions, please check NZAO’s Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact:
Wish For A Smile Trust Administrator
3 Clyde Road, Riccarton
E: WFAST@orthodontists.org.nz | F: 03 962 0283
The Wish For A Smile Trust is a non-profit charitable trust that is dependent on donations. For more information, contact us.