Innovative orthodontic treatments for children and teenagers

At Auckland City Orthodontics, we know how important the health and happiness of your child is to Mums and Dads. Children - and especially teenagers - can often feel self-conscious about their appearance, and sometimes hide their smile. Reinstate their natural confidence and invest in their health with orthodontic treatment from Auckland City Orthodontics.

Which treatment is best for my child or teenager?

As with all health concerns, early intervention is usually best. The New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO) recommends that you seek help from an orthodontist as soon as you notice any issues with your child’s jaw or teeth. We provide a range of treatments for children and teens, from traditional braces to clear aligners.

Dr Anning favours “interceptive” treatment for the youngest patients, which aims to correct problems, before they can cause more severe issues later in life. This can involve orthodontic treatments which create more space for teeth to grow and also correct and prevent further bite issues.

Auckland City Orthodontics provide a free* consultation which will help our team assess exactly which treatment is best.

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Which treatment is best for my child or teenager?

Traditional braces for children and teenagers

Many parents choose tried and tested traditional braces for their children and teenagers. These braces are the original way to straighten teeth, but their design has been refined and improved over many years of research. Recent innovations have reduced the sizes of the metal brackets and modern design upgrades have further improved their efficiency.

Parents often opt for traditional braces because of their cost, efficiency and the fact they are not removable, so cannot be lost. Modern traditional braces are easy to keep clean, comfortable and far more effective than in the early days of their introduction to orthodontic practice.

Traditional braces for children and teenagers

Invisalign® for teens

When clear aligners like Invisalign® were first introduced to the market, they were instantly favoured by teenagers daunted by the aesthetic of traditional braces. Invisalign® aligners for teens are chosen by patients because of their superior comfort and convenience, as well as their discreet appearance. Teenagers find their confidence and tendency to smile increases, since they see initial improvements so quickly. What’s even better, is that no one even knows they’re having treatment!

Compliance with treatment using Invisalign® Teen is high and Invisalign® have made that even easier with the introduction of a blue dot wear indicator. Best results are achieved when your teen wears their Invisalign® aligner 20-22 hours a day.

The benefits of Invisalign®

Invisalign® for  teens