Our orthodontic process

Most of our patients at Dan Smethurst Orthodontist have never had orthodontic treatment before, so understanding the procedures we follow is beneficial in knowing what to expect. We will walk you through the process step by step to ensure you are comfortable and all of your questions are answered. 


Your first visit

When you are looking to become a new patient of ours, we go through a consultation process to help us understand your orthodontic needs and develop a customised treatment plan for you. We explain your first visit in detail and can answer any questions you have at that time.

Braces fitting

After we decide on a treatment plan, we schedule an appointment to fit the braces to you. This visit takes about an hour and will be the first step in seeing your smile change! There is no pain or discomfort during this visit, but the braces will feel bulky to your lips and cheeks – a feeling you will quickly get used to. Any discomfort comes within 12-24 hours after the braces are fitted and is due to the teeth having light force applied by the braces, which can cause tenderness. You may want to take over-the-counter pain relief during this period and eat a soft diet. Discomfort will only last a few days. 

Treatment process

Adjustment visits

Braces are typically adjusted every 6-8 weeks during the course of treatment. It is important that you keep these appointments to ensure that treatment progresses as efficiently as possible. You will schedule your next adjustment visit every time you leave the practice. If you need to change an appointment, let us know as soon as possible. 

Braces removal

Once the active phase of treatment is completed, the braces are removed. This visit takes about 30 minutes and you will not feel any pain. The teeth are polished to remove any glue from their surfaces and then specially made retainers are fitted. 

Treatment process

Retaining your smile

Retainers are important in making sure you maintain your beautiful smile.

Retainers may include Removable appliances and fixed wires. These are designed to maintain the corrected occlusion while the surrounding bone and soft tissues adapt to the new tooth positions.

Retainers are to be worn every night, we recommend to maintain this habit for a lifetime to minimise any future movement that will happen as we continue to grow and age.

It is extremely important to wear retainers as directed.

Treatment process

Book your first visit

If you are ready to embark on your orthodontic journey, give us a call to schedule your initial consultation at our Tauranga practice. 

Book a consultation

Treatment process