create that beautiful smile, we use the most up to date
techniques to straighten teeth and correct bites. At the
dental practice we provide comprehensive full-face orthodontic
treatment to both children and adults. Click
Here to see photos and examples.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment are not just to
improve your smile. If you have severely crooked or crowded
teeth this can make cleaning difficult which can lead
to tooth decay and gum problems. For some people, having
a malocclusion can lead to uneven wear, tooth fracture
or even unhealthy jaw joints.
Early assessment is best
Early orthodontic assessment, ideally at age 8 to 9, can
detect orthodontic problems when your child is still young.
If necessary, the appropriate treatment can prevent future
complex and expensive orthodontic problems from developing.
Our treatment philosophy is to minimize the need for extractions.
We can achieve this by using appliances such as removable
plates to expand and develop the jaws to create space for
the teeth. The best time to use these appliances is when
the child is actively growing.
We also use Functional appliances to correct bites. Functional
appliances utilize the functional forces from the muscles
of the face to correct the bite. By displacing the lower
jaw forwards, the functional appliance activates the muscles
of the face and jaw, which gently and gradually correct
As well as removable appliances, fixed braces are sometimes
an option used as part of the treatment plan. Nowadays,
modern braces use thermally activated wires and smaller,
more comfortable, brackets than those of the past.
What steps are required
To fully assess your orthodontic problem full records
are taken, these include models, photos & jaw x-rays.
These records are needed to fully assess your problems and
to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.
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before and after photos of treatment.
full treatment plan will be provided outlining the approach
and the appliances which would be used. This may include
a combination of removable plates, functional appliances
and/or fixed braces.
For adults we offer the option of the latest clear/invisible
braces which are made from ceramics.
As a family orientated practice, The Dental Practice
has been offering orthodontic treatment ever since it
opened it's doors.
Steven Wong and Dr Darrell Tse have been providing orthodontic
treatment for over 13 years. They regularly attend courses
both in New Zealand and overseas and are members of the
IAO (International Orthodontic Association) and NZFOS
(New Zealand Functional Orthodontic Society).