Specialist orthodontists have the knowledge, training and experience to advise on the full range of orthodontic treatment options.
An orthodontist is a registered dental specialist who has undertaken an additional two to three years of full-time post graduate university study specialising in orthodontics.
An orthodontist focusses exclusively on straightening teeth, improving bite patterns and creating great smiles. Early treatment by a specialist can reduce or eliminate the need for more extensive treatment later in life. Parents are often surprised how quickly and easily some problems can be corrected by a specialist orthodontist using basic appliances, and with quite startling results.
Orthodontists spend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and development. Problems apparent in younger children are often just a normal stage of preteen dental development and may correct themselves without the need for orthodontic intervention.
A specialist orthodontist is well-equipped to diagnose what treatment is best carried early and, of equal importance, what treatment should be delayed until most of the adult teeth have erupted during adolescence.
Age is not a barrier to receiving corrective orthodontic treatment as healthy teeth maintain their ability to move within the jaw bone throughout a person’s life. An increasing number of adults are seeking specialist orthodontic treatment to enhance their smile, correct a bite problem and improve their self-esteem.
Be confident that you are in the care of a specialist by looking for the NZAO logo.
All members of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO) are trained in the appropriate use of all orthodontic appliances and, as a requirement of their ongoing professional registration, must keep up to date with the latest trends and improvements in orthodontics.
You don’t need a referral to see a specialist orthodontist – call your local NZAO member at Orthotek today on 07 853 2300.