Got questions? We have answers! Your orthodontic FAQs
Here at Auckland City Orthodontics we’re passionate about patient education. A well-informed patient means better results, for a healthier mouth and the most beautiful smile.
How much does Invisalign® cost in Auckland, New Zealand?
Investing in orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign® is not just about straightening teeth - it’s about gifting yourself or your loved ones the confidence that comes with a perfect smile. The level of investment needed will vary depending on the complexity and duration of treatment. Auckland City Orthodontics offers a world-class experience and outcome tailored to your needs and aspirations as well as flexible payment plans to make investing in your smile as accessible as possible.
How to take out Invisalign® easily with attachments?
With the right technique, removing your Invisalign®, even with attachments becomes effortless. One of the best ways to achieve this is to remove the aligner from the tongue side out. The dedicated team at Auckland City Orthodontics provides hands-on training and tools designed to empower you with easy aligner removal during your journey to a new and brilliant smile.
What to do with old Invisalign® aligners?
The team at Auckland City Orthodontics recommend keeping all your aligners until the journey to your dream smile is complete, at which point they can be disposed of. Unfortunately, the type of plastics which are used in most aligners cannot be recycled. Auckland City Orthodontics is committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, so we will continue to seek options for recycling of aligners in the future.
Can I swim with Invisalign®?
Absolutely! You can still dive into your passions without hesitation when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. This means that the expert team at Auckland City Orthodontics can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted even if you are chasing lanes in the pool all day!
Can you chew gum with Invisalign®?
Chewing gum while wearing your aligners should be avoided. Maintaining the integrity of your aligners ensures optimal results, so they should be removed when eating anything. Achieving the smile you’ve always wanted takes commitment. The team at Auckland City Orthodontics will provide you with all of the necessary advice to help you keep your journey to straight teeth smooth and free from potential problems.
Can you eat with Invisalign® on?
The team at Auckland City Orthodontics recommends that for the best results and to maintain the quality and integrity of your aligners, you should remove them during meals. This approach ensures that during your journey to a brilliant smile, you can enjoy your favourite foods without restrictions and stay on track with your treatment.
How much do braces cost in New Zealand?
When you start on your journey to straight teeth and the smile you’ve always wanted, with braces or Invisalign®, you are investing in your future smile and dental health. The cost of orthodontics varies depending on the complexity and duration of treatment. The team at Auckland City Orthodontics offers world-class treatment options and is here to discuss flexible payment plans tailored to your needs.
Are braces medically necessary?
While many people pursue orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons, there can also be significant health benefits from undergoing orthodontic treatment - these may include correction of bite and jaw alignment issues which may damage the teeth, as well as improved alignment making it easier to maintain excellent oral health. A comprehensive consultation with the team at Auckland City Orthodontics will identify the perfect approach for you, emphasising both cosmetics and health.
Can a dentist do braces?
A general dentist can offer orthodontic treatment, however specialist orthodontists, like the ones leading the team at Auckland City Orthodontics, undergo specialised full-time training for a number of years, ensuring a deep understanding of tooth movement and facial development which is key to ensuring a smooth and predictable journey to the smile of your dreams. The specialist team at Auckland City Orthodontics will ensure you receive care which is beyond the ordinary.
How many orthodontist appointments before braces?
Here at Auckland City Orthodontics we know your time is precious. In most cases we can gather all of the necessary information, including understanding your aspirations and assessing your oral health in just one appointment. We will then present you with detailed treatment options, meaning you can start your smile transformation as soon as possible.
Can teeth be straightened at any age?
It’s never too late to chase your dream smile! The team at Auckland City Orthodontics knows how important it is for people of all ages to have a smile that fills them with confidence. We also understand that some patients may be more sensitive to the appearance of their orthodontic appliances and may want a more discrete and pragmatic solution that is convenient, short in duration, and still achieves a great result. Whatever your age, our focus is on crafting a journey and result that aligns with your needs and desires.
Can retainers straighten teeth without braces?
Retainers primarily maintain the position of the teeth after orthodontic treatment. However, for minor adjustments it may be possible to use them. The team at Auckland City Orthodontics can offer a number of options which can help you achieve the smile of your dreams in the most discreet way possible. Our commitment is to recommend to you the best options for achieving your dream smile.
Is there a way to straighten teeth without braces?
Absolutely! Beyond traditional braces, there are solutions such as Invisalign and tooth-coloured braces, both of which are discreet options for effectively shaping your dream smile. The team at Auckland City Orthodontics can assess whether treatment without traditional braces is possible for you and identify options to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!
Why are retainers so important after treatment?
Retainers are essential because they will help you maintain your beautiful smile and reduce the effects of the natural changes that occur as a result of growth, aging, and other factors. The Auckland City Orthodontics team will guide you through the use of your retainers. By wearing the retainers as advised, you actively contribute to the longevity of your result and the preservation of your new, dazzling smile.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign®, and other clear aligners systems, offer orthodontic solutions that align your teeth using clear, virtually invisible aligners. Invisalign allows you to achieve your dream smile without the visibility of traditional braces. Your journey to a dazzling smile becomes discreet, convenient, and tailored to your individual needs - all with the added benefit of virtually invisible treatment. Although clear aligner treatment may not be appropriate for every case, the team at Auckland City Orthodontics can identify your best treatment options and offer you a world-class patient experience.
Do you have payment plans available?
Yes! The team at Auckland City Orthodontics understands that investing in your smile is an important decision. That's why we offer flexible and patient-friendly payment plans. Our focus is on ensuring that achieving your dream smile is within reach, without compromising on the world-class patient experience you deserve. Our payment plans are designed to align with your financial comfort, allowing you to focus on your results and the journey toward your new dazzling smile.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending upon a number of variables, from the individual treatment goals of your case to the complexity of the initial problem. Your personalized treatment plan, designed with your aspirations in mind, ensures that the process is as efficient as possible. While the time taken is important, the primary focus of the team at Auckland City Orthodontics is the quality of your treatment result. We are dedicated to providing you with a dazzling smile that reflects your dreams, and we strive to make your orthodontic journey as smooth, comfortable, and effective as possible.
Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
It is never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always desired. Our treatment plans are tailored for patients of all ages. Embracing orthodontic treatment later in life can not only enhance your oral health but can also boost your confidence. The team at Auckland City Orthodontics are here to support you on your journey, ensuring that your orthodontic experience is patient-focused, results-driven, and aligned with your dreams, regardless of your age.
What age should my child see an orthodontist?
The ideal age for a child's first orthodontic consultation is around 7 years of age. Early evaluation allows us to identify potential issues and gives us the opportunity to intervene to stop these issues worsening. By addressing concerns early, the team at Auckland City Orthodontics can provide your child with a positive, results-focused orthodontic experience. Investing in your child’s smile from a young age not only encourages a healthy mouth but can also contribute to their confidence as they grow.
Why should I have orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is not just about straightening teeth. A beautiful smile boosts confidence and can improve oral health and function. Auckland City Orthodontics is focused on giving you a world-class patient experience while working towards results that align with your aspirations and dreams. Orthodontic treatment isn't just a physical transformation; it's a journey toward a dazzling smile that empowers you to pursue your dreams with confidence and enthusiasm.
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Terms and conditions
Some consultations require collation of information from other practitioners, additional diagnostic records and/or evaluations undertaken in order to provide you with an in depth orthodontic opinion. In such cases a $250 consultation fee will apply. These could include children under 12, patients referred by their dentist or dental specialist, patients in treatment elsewhere seeking to transfer or those seeking a second opinion.
A free consultation, if applicable, is only offered once. If you fail to attend your free consultation, or cancel at short notice (less than 24 hours before the appointment) a non-refundable $250 charge will be payable prior to scheduling your next appointment.