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General information about

Orthodontic dental services

Benefits

The benefits of interceptive treatment can:
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Reduce risk of trauma to protruding teeth

Possibly reduce the need for teeth removal in the future

Prevent top and bottom adult teeth contacting in a way that could cause permanent tooth wear or gum damage

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Create room for crowded adult teeth that have not yet emerged

Reduce treatment time for braces

Improve facial balance by influencing the growth of the upper and lower jaws

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Improve self esteem

Eliminate thumb or finger sucking habits

Maintain space in the mouth for adult teeth, especially when baby teeth have been removed earlier when anticipated

When and why should I see an orthodontist?

Teeth can be moved and a smile can be improved at any age.

However, we believe in treating at the right time to achieve the best results with the least amount of time and expense.

It is a common misconception that any form of orthodontic treatment should only begin once all of the adult teeth have emerged into the mouth.  The American and Australian Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child should see an orthodontist for a check-up around the age of seven (7 years).  Usually, at this age, the back first adult molars and front adult incisor teeth are emerging into the mouth.

An early orthodontic consultation can determine if early interception is required or anticipate if any treatment may be required in the future. Contact one of The Orthodontist clinics to book an appointment.

When and why should I see an orthodontist?

Teeth can be moved and a smile can be improved at any age.

However, we believe in treating at the right time to achieve the best results with the least amount of time and expense.

It is a common misconception that any form of orthodontic treatment should only begin once all of the adult teeth have emerged into the mouth.  The American and Australian Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child should see an orthodontist for a check-up around the age of seven (7 years).  Usually, at this age, the back first adult molars and front adult incisor teeth are emerging into the mouth.

An early orthodontic consultation can determine if early interception is required or anticipate if any treatment may be required in the future.

What if I don’t need early treatment?

Not every child requires early treatment.

If this is indicated, we will carefully monitor the patient’s growth and development at regular intervals to determine if and when treatment is required.

Certain orthodontic treatments are only successful when the clients are growing rapidly (generally between the ages of 10 -15 years).  It is important that regular check-ups are undertaken to ensure, if treatment is required, that it is done at the optimum time.

 

Foods to Avoid

Hard, sticky foods should be avoided as they can break or damage wires and brackets. It’s also important to minimise sugary foods and drinks, because they can cause tooth decay.

AVOID:

  • Chewing gum
  • Toffee
  • Minties and K-bars
  • Fruitbursts
  • Hard Biscuits (gingernuts)
  • Nuts
  • Hard Crusty bread/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Popcorn

Habits to AVOID:

  • Nail biting
  • Chewing on pencils and foreign objects
  • Chewing ice

Minimize sugary foods like:

  • Soft Drinks
  • Cordial
  • Lollies
  • Chocolate

Unsure about a certain food?  Just give us a call.

Foods to avoid

Hard, sticky foods should be avoided as they can break or damage wires and brackets. It’s also important to minimise sugary foods and drinks, because they can cause tooth decay.

AVOID:

  • Chewing gum
  • Toffee
  • Minties and K-bars
  • Fruitbursts
  • Hard Biscuits (gingernuts)
  • Nuts
  • Hard Crusty bread/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Popcorn

Habits to AVOID:

  • Nail biting
  • Chewing on pencils and foreign objects
  • Chewing ice

Minimize sugary foods like:

  • Soft Drinks
  • Cordial
  • Lollies
  • Chocolate

Unsure about a certain food?  Just give us a call.

FAQs

Here at The Orthodontist, our team are dedicated to keeping you in the loop.
If you have a question, please get in touch!

Below are some of our frequently asked questions:

What is an Orthodontist?
A specialist orthodontist must first qualify as a dentist, and then undertakes a three year, full-time post-graduate study in orthodontics.

All orthodontists are dentists but about 4% of dentists in NZ are qualified as specialist orthodontists. An orthodontist must first complete a 5 year dental undergraduate programme at a university dental school.

After a few years of clinical practice they apply to study a three year full time orthodontic specialist training programme, which leads to the MDS qualification (Masters of Dental Surgery restricted to orthodontics).

This qualification entitles them to be included on the Dental Council of New Zealand as an orthodontic specialist. Once qualified, orthodontists keep up-to-date with the latest techniques by attending regular courses and conferences as part of their Continuing Professional Development.

What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in alignment of the teeth and jaws.

Orthodontics can improve a person’s self esteem as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned. Alleviating or preventing physical health problems is just as important.

Without treatment orthodontic problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease bone shrinkage. A “bad bite”can contribute to speech impairments, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries.

When should you see an Orthodontist?
Teeth can be moved and a smile can be improved at any age. However, we believe in treating at the right time to achieve the best results with the least amount of time and expense.

It is a common misconception that any form of orthodontic treatment should only begin once all of the adult teeth have emerged into the mouth. The American and Australian Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should see an orthodontist for a checkup around the age of seven. Usually, at this age, the back first adult molars and front adult incisor teeth are emerging into the mouth.

However, some children may need to be seen earlier if the school dental therapist or a family dentist have found a problem.

If you are concerned about the position of your child’s teeth at an age earlier then seven please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation for your piece of mind. You do not need a referral from a health professional to request a consultation.

An early orthodontic consultation allows for us to:

• anticipate if any treatment may be required in the future and the best time to carry out the treatment.

• determine if any early interceptive treatment is required.

Possible Benefits of interceptive treatment:

• improving self esteem especially if there is an element of teasing at school.

• reducing the risk of trauma to protruding teeth.

• creating room for crowded adult teeth that have not yet emerged into the mouth.

• maintaining space in the mouth for the adult teeth especially if baby teeth have been removed earlier then anticipated.

• possibly reducing the need for tooth removal in the future

• reducing future treatment time with braces

• eliminating thumb and finger sucking habits

• improving facial balance by influencing the growth of the upper and lower jaws.

• preventing the top and bottom adult teeth from contacting each other in a way that they might cause permanent tooth wear or gum damage.

Not every child requires early treatment.

If no early treatment is indicated we will carefully monitor your child’s growth and development at regular intervals and recommend the best time to begin treatment.

We will inform you if any aspect of the treatment needs to be urgently carried out or if it is for cosmetic reasons.

The first visit
The first step to growing a great grin begins with requesting an initial consultation and completing a new patient registration and medical history form.  These forms can be completed online or at our practice.

Request a consultation

This first visit will give you the opportunuity to meet our orthodontic team and decide if would like to become part of our family.

Even though no treatment is carried out at the first visit some of our younger patients who have never been to the orthodontist may be stressed and quite nervous  prior to the visit.  Therefore the primary goal for us at our practice before  we discuss orthodontics is to focus on reducing any of these fears and developing a fun and positive relationship with our patients.

After any fears or nervousness have been resolved and settled We will listen carefully to any concerns you have and what you would like to achieve with orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you like.  This is then followed by a  thorough examination of the the teeth, jaws and face to determine your orthodontic needs.

There are four essential questions that we want to cover during the first visit:

1) is there an orthodontic problem, and if so , when is the best time to correct it.

2) what options are there to correct the problem

3) how long will the treatment take.

4) how much will the treatment cost.

Request a consultation

We do not want you to feel rushed into making any treatment decisions at the the first visit. A family huddle at home  is sometimes needed to process the information at this visit so that you can make a collective decision.

Please contact us if you have any further questions about your first visit or if you are ready to begin treatment.

What are the goals of the first visit?
The goals of the first visit are to:

  • focus on developing a fun and positive relationship with our patients.
  • listen to all of your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
  • determine what you would like to achieve with orthodontic treatment.
  • perform a thorough orthodontic examination which includes the teeth, jaws and the face. This may involve taking an X-ray.
What if no treatment is needed after the first visit ?
Since we recommmend that all children be screened for orthodontic treatment around the age of seven years old, some young patients may not require treatment or are not ready to begin any orthodontic treatment.  In these cases patients will be reviewed at regular intervals to monitor the movement of the adult teeth as well as the growth and  development of the jaws and face.  Regular visits to the orthodontist will allow us to choose the optimal time to offer treatment and provides a greater opportunity for an effective treatment outcome.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
No treatment is the same and therefore it is difficult to give an estimate.  Cost of treatment varies on the severity of the problem and treatment required. A full treatment cost schedule will be provided to you at a treatment plan discussion.  

You can see more information about our pricing here.

How long does treatment take?
Average orthodontic treatment can take 12-24 months. Treatment time can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the age and the co-operation of the patient. Harder cases take longer than simple cases.

Failed and cancelled appointments or repeated breakages of braces will extend treatment time.

Can I pay it off?

Yes, when you receive a treatment letter and quote you pay an initial deposit when the appliance is fitted and the balance is paid in monthly installments, interest free, agreed on by you and the orthodontist.

Do I need a referral?

No. If you have any concerns about the way your teeth look or eating problems then please book a consultation with us.

Do braces hurt?

It’s painless to have braces placed. Tooth discomfort usually occurs an hour after placement of the appliance. We recommend to take pain relief for a few days as achiness can last for a couple of days up to about a week depending on pain threshold. When braces are regularly adjusted this can make the teeth feel tender for a few days.

Can I play sport with braces?
Yes, but we highly recommend wearing a remold-able mouth guard that is brought from a pharmacy or Rebel Sports.  The remold is recommended as your teeth will move during your treatment. Once treatment is finished then we can make you a custom made mouth guard.
Do I need teeth out?
No, we prefer to treat without the removal of teeth but after a physical exam and treatment discussion the Orthodontist will be able to give you the best advice moving forward with treatment.
What can't I eat with braces?
Ginger nut biscuits, nut bars, chewing on ice, toffees, hubba bubba, k bars and some hard foods like apples and carrots can be eaten with care but cut up first.
Do I need to see my regular dentist?
Yes, it’s important you have a regular dental check up with your regular family dentist throughout orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for decay.
What age do I bring my child in for orthodontic treatment?

Usual time to start orthodontic treatment in the form of braces is 11-16 years of age when most adults teeth are through. We do start early stage treatment for various problems like space holding or position of jaws or cross bites in children around the age from 6+ years.

Early preventative treatment in some cases reduce or eliminate the need for braces in life.

 

Appointments

 

Appointment scheduling

School, jobs, sport…. a busy life can make appointment scheduling a challenge.  To help, we use a scheduling system designed to minimise time away from school or work.

Once you have started your orthodontic treatment, it is common for us to see you every 4-10 weeks for an adjustment appointment. These adjustment appointments typically last for 10-15 minutes.  However, at some appointments, where more significant treatment is carried out, a longer appointment time will be required.

Since most frequently requested appointment times are after school and early morning, we have arranged our scheduling system to accommodate as many patients  as possible who require short appointments during these times of the day.  Patients who require longer appointments are typically scheduled during the day.

Even though many of our surgery visits will inevitably conflict with work or school, our scheduling system attempts to minimise such disruptions.

Impression Appointments

Impressions of your mouth are required for the construction of study models, orthodontic appliances and retainers.  Impressions require additional laboratory work by our technician after you leave the surgery; therefore, these appointments are scheduled before midday.

Missed appointments or arriving late to your appointment

We understand that unforeseen events can result in you missing or turning up late to your appointment.  In fairness to our other scheduled patients we may not be able to squeeze a late arrival into our schedule. If an appointment is missed, or you are late, we will most likely have to reschedule your appointment to the next available time, generally between 10am -2pm.

What others say about The Orthodontist

Here are a few testimonials from some of our customers.

My son had too many teeth for his mouth and knew I had to get onto braces for him early on.  Bhavik and his team were brilliant at explaining and following through the treatment with me and my son.   My son can be quite nervous and self-conscious at times, but he has managed the process so well, because of the calm, but exciting feeling Bhavik puts into his work and patients. Sue Landslaud

Proud parent

With four children all needing braces over a span of six years, Bhavik and the assistants really became part of our family. My kids loved going to see Bhavik. He always made them laugh and feel special. The payment plan really helped us financially. We are on the last set of braces now, but we have confident young adults with great smiles. Thanks Bhavik.

J & Pareso

Smiling family

My children, now adults, are constantly complimented on their teeth.  Of course, much of this was due to the great work undertaken by The Orthodontist, Bhavik and his team.  Thank you. S Anderson

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Hutt Valley

Level 1,
2 Connolly St,
Lower Hutt
(04) 586 5707

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Kapiti

Unit 3, level 1,
7 Coastlands Parade,
Kapiti
(04) 586 5707

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Wairarapa

30 Park Road,
Memorial Square,
Wairarapa
(04) 586 5707

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Johnsonville

123 Moorefield Road,
Johnsonville,
Wellington
(04) 586 5707

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to 5:30 pm
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