Having a great smile can give you that extra boost of confidence that makes all the difference in life.

Tools of the Trade

Some see straight teeth, we see confidence off the scale.

At Total Orthodontics in Taranaki we realise that technology is powerful and useful to us – and it’s fun. The orthodontic world has changed hugely since digital technology became widespread. We use digital imaging to help us identify problems, explain findings and achieve and improve treatment outcomes.

  • Correction Springs
  • Twin Block
  • Upper Jaw Expansions



Julian is a certified provider of Invisalign® – a discreet alternative to braces.

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created entirely for you. These aligners are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

One of the great advantages of Invisalign® is that you can remove the aligners for an important event and if you travel a lot, you do not need to worry about the chance of a breakage while you are away.

If you are interested in orthodontics but do not want to have fixed braces, contact us to make an appointment for your assessment.



An advanced generation of hidden braces that are attached to the back of the teeth, rather than the front like conventional braces. Incognito braces allow people to go about their daily routine without feeling self-conscious because their braces are virtually undetectable.


Suitable for all age groups – children, teenagers and adults – each bracket is custom made using the latest in digital technology to maximise comfort and results for each patient.





The Finishing Touch

We strongly recommend that you wear your retainers on an on-going basis to give your teeth every chance of remaining straight.

To make it as hassle free as possible we suggest you find a time that best suits you. This might be every night, one night a week, at weekends or just when you are at home. How often you wear your retainer will be advised by us and need to be gauged by you as there is no one size fits all recommendation.

As a rule of thumb, if your retainers feel tight or you can see or feel that individual teeth are moving, then you should increase the times that you wear your retainers.

Because your teeth and gums continue to change as you age, without retainers they may not remain straight. So the longer you wear your retainers the more likely you will be to retain straight teeth.


What if I have a fixed retainer?

The same principle applies. In other words the longer the fixed retainer is left in place, the greater the chances of those particular teeth remaining straight.

It is also really important that you keep your fixed retainer clear of plaque with regular tooth brushing and to remind your dentist to check the condition of the retainer from time to time during your regular dental check-ups.

If you require replacement retainers in the future, please contact us. A charge will apply for either replacement removable or fixed retainers.