One step closer to the smile of your dreams

For many of our patients, pursuing orthodontic treatment is a new experience. But don’t worry, our team at Dan Smethurst Orthodontics in Tauranga will do everything we can to make your first visit easy!  


What happens during a new patient visit?

Your first visit is an important step in kicking off your orthodontic treatment. You will meet with our specialist orthodontist, Dan, who take a look at your smile and assess your orthodontic needs. He will spend time with you, getting to understand more about your reasons for seeking out orthodontic treatment and discussing the treatment options available. We want to understand your lifestyle and goals so that we can make the best recommendations possible for you.

During your first visit, feel free to ask any questions you may have about your orthodontic treatment options. We pride ourselves on putting our patients first and making sure they feel comfortable every step of the way. 

Your first visit

Starting treatment

When you are ready to begin treatment, we will collect all necessary information in order to prepare a bespoke treatment plan for you. This includes a thorough evaluation of your orthodontic needs and an outline of the different treatment methods to benefit you. 

  1. Digital records: we will takex-rays, photographs and impressions for digital study models. These diagnostic records helpDan, our orthodontist, to develop a suitable treatment plan for you.
  2. Treatment planning: we will discuss every aspect of the treatment plan we recommend, and show you the appliances that will be used. We also discuss the risks and limitations of orthodontic treatment as part of our informed consent process.
  3. Cost and payment: all costs and payment optionsavailable will be explained in detail. We will also provide you with a summary of Dan’s findings, recommended treatment, information about the appliances to be used, general orthodontic information and a financial agreement.
  4. Getting started: once you’ve selected a treatment plan and we’ve agreed upon payment, you’re ready to get started!We will get you scheduled for your fitting appointment, and go through instructions on how to care for your teeth while in treatment.

Please feel free to ask any questions at any stage of the process. Our aim is to make sure that all of our patients are cared for to the best of our abilities.

Your first visit


If you decide to move forward with orthodontic treatment, you will need to have a general understanding of our procedure.

We have provided the answers to commonly asked questions.

What is it like to have braces? Here are our tips for everyday life with braces.

Understand the role that orthodontics plays in your overall oral health.

Let’s get your first appointment scheduled!

If you’re ready to book your initial consultation with our team of orthodontic specialists, simply fill out our form and we will be in touch to schedule it as soon as possible. 

Book a consultation

Your first visit