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ORTHODONTICS (BRACES)

 

Everyone deserves their own perfect smile, but sometimes that perfect smile needs a little help. That’s where we can help. We have been helping our patients with their own perfect smiles for over 30 years and we still love seeing every single result.

We offer a range of options including our new range of incredibly discreet metal braces, coloured braces, clear braces and Invisalign.

Whatever your issues, however you want to improve your beautiful smile, we would love to be part of your journey towards your unique perfect smile.

Straight, white teeth and the key to self-confidence

 

The key to a winning smile is choosing the right dentist.

When it comes to teeth – experience counts – and at McIntosh Dental, Dr McIntosh and Dr Raniga have successfully treated thousands of patients for over 30 years.

At the forefront of their profession, they regularly attend seminars and courses here in New Zealand and overseas. Dr McIntosh and Dr Raniga are also respected speakers on Orthodontics within the dental profession.

Both are also general dentists and head a team of expert general and specialist Dental Surgeons so every aspect of your dental care is addressed, including orthodontic treatment. McIntosh Dental Centre provides free general dental care from Year 9 through until 18 years old.

So how do I know I, or someone I love, needs braces?

Can you answer 'Yes' to any of these questions?

  • Top front teeth that stick out (“bucked teeth”)?
  • Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of your bottom teeth when you bite together?
  • A visible space between the top and bottom teeth when you bite together?
  • Bottom teeth that are in front of the top teeth?
  • Teeth that are crowded or overlapped?
  • Baby teeth falling out very early or very late?
  • Extra teeth present?
  • Top and bottom front teeth with centres that don’t line up?
  • Problems with biting the cheek, gums or tongue?
  • Difficulty chewing or biting with teeth that don’t meet evenly on both sides?
  • Teeth that are wearing unevenly?
  • Jaws that shift off centre when the teeth bite together?
  • Large gaps between teeth?

If you can answer ‘Yes’ to any of the above, then it’s time to find out what the orthodontic problem is.

Call us on 09 837 2598 to schedule a consultation or contact us.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment includes the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Such irregularities often take the form of ‘malocclusion’ (bad bite – a problem in the way teeth fit together).

Malocclusion affects more than just appearance:

  • Crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth are more difficult to clean
  • Misaligned teeth can create tension and pain in the jaw joints
  • Social problems can arise because of the effect on speech and the unattractive appearance.

The first step in orthodontic treatment is a consultation with one of our dentists. This appointment will give you an idea of the type of treatment required and the approximate fees. The initial consult starts from $95, and you could get a credit of $50 by using one of our ‘Share a Smile’ cards.

The next appointment involves a full examination of the teeth. This may include measurements, photographs, study models, and x-rays of the head, jaws, and teeth.