Frequently asked questions about orthodontics

At Dan Smethurst Orthodontist in Tauranga, we realise that orthodontic treatment can seem daunting, and we want to empower our patients to feel informed and confident when it comes to their orthodontic treatment.

That is why we have provided answers to our most commonly asked questions about orthodontics and your treatment journey. From extractions to braces care, we've tried to cover it all. Still have a question? Contact our friendly team and we'll be happy to help!

Frequently asked questions

What is Orthodontics?

What is an Orthodontist?

Do I need orthodontic treatment?

Is it best to start orthodontic treatment early?

What is an extraction? Will I need one before I get braces?

Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

What are the different types of braces?

How do I take care of my braces?

Will braces hurt?

What are Functional Appliances?

How do I start my orthodontic treatment journey?