What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialised area of dentistry focused on improving the alignment of the teeth and correcting the way the teeth bite together.  Orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance, function and health of the teeth and jaws.

What is a specialist orthodontist?

To become an orthodontist you must first complete a dentistry degree that takes five years of university study.  Following this you must be accepted on to one of the highly competitive two or three year post graduate orthodontic training courses.  Upon successful completion of this post graduate course you then become a “specialist orthodontist” recognised by the Dental Council of New Zealand. 

Can a dentist do orthodontic treatment?

Although a dentist can do some orthodontic work they would not have undertaken training equivalent to the specialist orthodontic training course recognised by the New Zealand Dental Council.  In addition most dentists will continue to undertake routine dentistry and therefore have significantly less experience in treating the full range and complexity of orthodontic problems.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

A person’s emotional well-being can be greatly enhanced due to an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence brought about by a pleasing smile.  In addition orthodontic treatment can reduce the risk of gum disease, speech problems, and the incidence of decay caused by crowded or mal-aligned teeth.

Do I need a referral from my dentist?

No, you do not need a referral.  Please contact us directly if you are concerned about the alignment and bite of your or your child’s teeth.