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Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance, function and stability of the teeth along with the overall balance of the face.    


Common Questions

  • What is Orthodontics?
    Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance, function and stability of the teeth along with the overall balance of the face. To be legally registered with the NZ Dental Council as an orthodontic specialist, a qualified general dentist must complete a minimum of three years post graduate study – on top of the five to become a general dentist! Getting the right Orthodontic treatment can improve your long-term dental health and physical health, and may also eliminate the need for more extensive dental work later in life. The ultimate goal of orthodontics is to provide you with an attractive, well-balanced smile and a more healthy dental life.
  • Can dentists deliver orthodontic services?
    It is legal for general dentists to practice orthodontics, as long as they do not refer to themselves as an orthodontic specialist because they haven’t completed the required training to attain that title. Sometimes clients seek out the services of a dentist because they think specialist's fees will be higher than non-specialists, but this is not necessarily the case.
  • How can orthodontics benefit you?
    Improper bites, caused by a combination of tooth and/or jaw misalignment, can affect the way you smile, chew and clean your teeth. Importantly it can also be a major contributor to how you feel about yourself and your self confidence. Getting the right Orthodontic treatment can improve your long-term dental health and physical health, and may also eliminate the need for more extensive dental work later in life. The ultimate goal of orthodontics is to provide you with an attractive, well-balanced smile and a more healthy dental life.
  • Do I need a referral to see an Othodontist?
    Not at all. Your dentist may recommend you see an orthodontist or even provide a referral, but you are also most welcome to book an appointment directly for yourself or another family member. The first consultation is $65 for a child and $85 for an adult and can be arranged by calling 06-759 1053 between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm on Mondays, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday, and 9 am to 12:30 pm on Fridays.

Common questions - Total Orthodontics