Avondale Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Orthodontics

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Choosing the right dentist in Avondale for your family requires a little research to ensure that your needs are met. We welcome questions because we want you to feel confident when you choose Avondale Dental Centre to care for your family's smiles.

Here are some of the most common questions we receive. You can call us with any enquiries or information about services we provide. 


Invisalign Avondale AucklandDr Sinan Najar offers orthodontic treatment for children, teens and adults at Avondale Dental Centre as part of our comprehensive approach to oral health.

Properly aligned teeth are healthier, more comfortable and easier to care for. By correcting the bite, patients can enjoy greater confidence and improved jaw function.

  • Protruding teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Malocclusion (bad bite)
  • TMJ/TMD – jaw dysfunction

Braces for Kids

Childhood orthodontics address teeth alignment and development while bones are still growing. Orthodontic treatment for children can reduce treatment time and complexity during teen years and prevent the need for orthodontic extractions.

We provide an orthodontic evaluation for each of our young patients as part of our preventive dentistry plan.

Teenage Orthodontics

Braces for teens are almost a rite of passage. We offer traditional orthodontic treatment as well as clear aligners for our older teens.

Orthodontic Options for Adults

It’s never too late for a healthy, straight smile. Our adult patients have many options for improved aesthetics and function. In addition to traditional braces, we also offer Invisalign.

Invisalign – removable clear aligner trays as an alternative to brackets and wire

In our dental clinic, we offer many types of orthodontics, but one of the questions we hear most is how Invisalign compares with traditional braces.

Traditional braces rely on brackets, wires, and adjustment appointments throughout therapy. The system is fixed to your teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. In some cases, traditional braces may be the favoured option for severe issues with the bite and overlapping.

Invisalign relies on clear aligners changed out every few weeks and dental visits throughout treatment to check on your progress. You can remove your aligners when eating, brushing and flossing your teeth. Sometimes, this is the preferred option for older teens and adults because they are virtually invisible, or in mild to moderate cases.

Both treatment plans can last for several months or up to two years, depending on your case.

It should be noted that some patients who first thought their condition was too complex for Invisalign were surprised to learn that they were good candidates for the system.

Are You Ready to Learn More About Braces and Invisalign?

To learn which option is better for you, we encourage you to arrange an exam with your dentist in New Lynn. We also welcome your call if you have any questions.

young boy | Children's Orthodontics in avondaleOur Avondale, Auckland dental clinic starts your child with an evaluation—typically around age seven. We also offer treatment for older children and teens—both traditional braces and Invisalign.

Orthodontics Evaluation for Children

At your child’s evaluation, your dentist looks at jaw development, spacing (including whether the jaw is large enough to hold all adult teeth), and the way teeth erupt.

If baby teeth are lost early, your child’s dentist in Avondale, Auckland can provide space maintainers to help guide adult teeth into their correct positions.

If your child needs braces, your dentist fixes brackets to the teeth and threads them with guidewires. Then, on a specific schedule, your child comes to the dental clinic for wire adjustments to gently guide the teeth into position.

Reasons Children Could Need Braces

Your child will likely wear braces for one to two years depending on the severity of the issues, which may include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Overcrowding
  • Gaps between teeth

Following treatment, we fit your child with a custom retainer. This retainer protects your child’s straight teeth against relapse.

Are You Considering Children’s Braces in Avondale, Auckland?

If you would like more information about children’s braces and early orthodontics—or if you’d like to arrange a consultation—we invite you to contact a member of our dental team today.

Many area patients consider orthodontics in West Auckland. Straight teeth not only enhance the appearance of your smile but also contributes to easier brushing and flossing. Additionally, an aligned bite may reduce your risks for cavities and tooth wear. 

We think orthodontics is an excellent option for those looking to enhance their smiles and their oral health.

Orthodontics such as Invisalign in Avondale and traditional braces help correct the following:

  • Protruding teeth
  • Twisted teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Uneven spacing
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Overcrowding
  • Malocclusion (bite issues)
  • Jaw function
  • Crooked teeth

Length of treatment can last months or up to two years, depending on the severity of your orthodontic issues. Your dentist will discuss treatment length with you and all orthodontic options during your initial consultation, which includes an assessment, x-rays, and a chat about your smile goals.

Pretreatments, such as extraction for overcrowding, may also contribute to total treatment time before braces or Invisalign.

Following your orthodontic treatment, your dentist provides a custom retainer to prevent orthodontic relapse. This is a clear aligner that reminds your teeth to remain in their new straight positions.

For Orthodontics in Avondale, We Welcome Your Call

In our dental clinic, we offer orthodontic options that consider every age group, including children.

If you’re like many patients, you want straight teeth no matter your age. At Avondale Dental Centre, we offer orthodontic options for patients of all ages, including adults and children. Considering this, the best time to get braces is as soon as you’re ready to claim a straighter smile.

It starts with a consultation in our dental office. Your dentist examines your teeth and gums to ensure that braces (including which orthodontic type) will work best for you and provide you with the desired outcome.

Invisalign and Traditional Braces in Auckland

In our Avondale, Auckland dental clinic, we offer both Invisalign and traditional braces. As a rule, braces work better for younger children, including intermediate orthodontics, while Invisalign is the first choice for most adults. Your dentist will help you decide.

Traditional braces consist of metal and wires to bring your teeth into straight positions slowly. Invisalign is made of clear aligners that you can remove when eating and cleaning your teeth.

Orthodontics in Avondale, Auckland may correct the following:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Uneven spacing

For More Information about Braces or Invisalign in Avondale, Auckland, We Welcome Your Call

Our dental team thinks you deserve a beautiful smile. If you would like to learn more or schedule a consultation, we encourage you to reach out to a team member today.

two girls playing dentist | Orthodontist in AucklandYour child’s dentist in Avondale, Auckland typically performs an orthodontic evaluation on children around age seven. This is because we have a clearer picture at this age and can better determine whether orthodontics is the best course.

Early evaluations and interceptive orthodontics in children may shorten treatment times and eliminate the need for extraction before getting braces later.

Interceptive Orthodontics in Avondale

Interceptive orthodontics may include:

  • Palatal expanders
  • Space maintainers
  • Traditional braces

Palatal expanders promote palate growth to help prevent overcrowding, and space maintainers hold spaces for adult teeth—acting as guides—when baby teeth are lost too soon.  

The interceptive steps are designed to help your child achieve a straight adult smile. Meanwhile, straight teeth may contribute to development, speech, and bite function.

If your child does need braces, we provide a retainer following orthodontic treatment. This retainer keeps the teeth in their straight positions and protects your child from orthodontic relapse in the future.

Is It Time for Your Child’s Orthodontic Evaluation in Avondale, Auckland?

The first step is always a consultation. Your dentist will look at jaw health and size as well as bone development to determine whether your child would benefit from interceptive orthodontics.

If you’re ready to get your child started, we welcome your call.

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