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Auckland Orthodontics

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Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specialises in the correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws to create straighter, healthier smiles. If you or your child have crooked teeth, a bite that doesn't come together, gaps in your smile or other orthodontic issues, our dentists in St Heliers can help.

Book a consultation at St Heliers Dental Centre to get an orthodontic assessment and find out your options for affordable orthodontics in Auckland.

Why choose Auckland city orthodontics?

Many people choose orthodontics to improve their appearance and self-esteem, but there are more benefits to a straight smile than just aesthetics.

Orthodontics plays an important role in oral health. Malaligneded teeth can cause bite problems that make it difficult to eat certain foods, which could affect your diet. Crooked or overcrowded teeth can also be harder to brush and floss, which can lead to tooth decay and other dental disease. Prominent teeth that stick out may also be more prone to injury. St Heliers Dental Centre Auckland based orthodontic treatment can lower all these risks.

Abnormal alignment of the teeth can also cause teeth to wear down at a faster rate and may cause other problems such as teeth grinding (bruxism) or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Orthodontic treatment with braces or aligners can make your teeth perfectly straight and correct your bite, which will possibly eliminate any future jaw problems that you might have.

Who can benefit from orthodontics in Auckland?

Orthodontic treatment is most associated with teenagers, since adolescence is the ideal time to move the teeth and jaws while they're still developing. However, many adults can also benefit from orthodontics to correct abnormal alignment of the teeth and jaws. In fact, 40% of our orthodontic patients are Adults. We may also recommend early intervention treatments for children to reduce their need for braces later.

Our dentists based in Auckland provide treatments to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues including:

  • bad bites (malocclusion)
  • protruding teeth
  • crowded teeth
  • gaps in teeth
  • facial appearance

When you book an appointment for orthodontics at St Heliers, our dentists will give you a complete orthodontic examination to make sure we understand your needs and can recommend the best solutions. If you have more complex needs, we may refer you to a specialist orthodontist in Auckland.

Auckland orthodontics options

There's more than one path to a straight smile. Whether you prefer braces or aligners, our Auckland based dentists will make sure you know all about your orthodontic treatment options, including treatment costs and timelines, so you can decide which one is right for you or your child.

Traditional metal braces

Traditional metal and wire braces are the most common type of fixed braces and can treat the widest range of orthodontic conditions. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten teeth using metal brackets and archwires connected by elastics.

Metal braces are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before, but many older teens and adults prefer a less visible option. Younger teens have the option of adding coloured elastics for a more unique and colourful smile.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces can be matched to your natural tooth colour, making them less visible on your teeth than metal braces. This makes these braces a popular choice for older teenagers and adults who have cosmetic concerns.

While ceramic braces are less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, as the braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Invisalign® aligners

Invisalign treatment is an alternative to braces. This orthodontic treatment consists of a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners. These aligners are custom made to fit your teeth and should be changed every few weeks for the next set.

As you replace each Invisalign aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position desired. Invisalign treatment is popular for older teenagers and adults who don't want braces, but it may not be effective at correcting all orthodontic problems.

What to expect from orthodontics in Auckland

Orthodontics is a long-term treatment that takes time to have noticeable results. Whether you're having braces or Invisalign treatment, we'll make sure you have realistic expectations of your final results, the treatment time and how braces or aligners will impact on your daily life.

Our Auckland orthodontic treatment can feel uncomfortable at first as you get used to the feeling of braces and aligners. This should only last up to a few weeks, but some people take longer to adjust. If your braces are painful or you're having other unexpected problems, contact our orthodontic team for advice or to book an appointment.

Auckland orthodontics FAQ

What is the average cost of orthodontic treatment?

Dentist and orthodontist prices vary depending on the type of treatment you have, how much your teeth need to be straightened and other considerations. At St Heliers Dental Centre, we make orthodontics in Auckland as affordable as possible. See our Invisalign offer to save money on clear aligners or ask about our payment plans to help break down the cost of braces and other treatments.

Early intervention may reduce a child's need to wear braces when they're older. If our dentists notice signs of an orthodontic problem when we examine your child's mouth, we may recommend that they wear an orthodontic appliance to help guide the development of their teeth and jaws.

There's no set time limit for braces or Invisalign treatment. Treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to a few years, as this depends on how much your teeth need to be moved. Our dentists can give you a good idea of your treatment timeline when we examine your mouth and jaws and discuss your treatment options.

The ideal time for orthodontic treatment is in early adolescence, when the permanent teeth have all erupted but the jaws are still developing and easier to guide. In some cases we may recommend early orthodontics for children as young as 7, but this isn't always necessary.

Orthodontics begins with an assessment of your teeth and jaws by a qualified dentist or orthodontist. We'll then take digital images of your teeth and use these to design your braces or clear aligners.

Once your treatment is underway, we'll arrange regular appointments where our orthodontic team can adjust your braces or replace your aligners and make sure your treatment is on course.

After your braces or aligners are removed, you'll need to wear a retainer or a certain amount of time to maintain your straight smile.

There is no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. While braces have the highest success rate with teenage patients, many adults are now successfully straightening their smiles later in life, thanks to developments in more discreet types of braces and clear aligners.

Book a consultation for Auckland city orthodontics

If you or your child could benefit from orthodontics in Auckland, call (09) 575 5814 to book a consultation with our orthodontic team at St Heliers Dental Centre or book online.

Our St Heliers based Auckland dentists can also provide orthodontics in Kohimarama, Glendowie, Glen Innes, Meadowbank, St Johns and other nearby suburbs.