Cosmetic Dental Services


If you need a solution for crooked or crowded teeth, dental braces could be the perfect option for you. The significance of braces is no secret – they’re life changing and can help you achieve that straight smile you’ve been after.

Dental braces have been around for many years to correct teeth and jaws and help achieve a straight and attractive smile. They help straighten, align and position your teeth and improve your overall oral health.

Braces are usually used by specialist orthodontists, who have extra post-graduate training in orthodontic treatment.

What are braces?

Braces are devices used to correct problems with your teeth and help improve overall oral health. They were first invented in the early 1800s and have changed dramatically since then.

Braces are used to fix crooked and crowded teeth by straightening them, to help you achieve that healthy, straight smile.

Many people get braces when they’re teenagers but it’s not uncommon for adults to have braces too. Modern materials have made having braces much more comfortable and attractive than in the past. This has contributed to the increase in the popularity of getting braces.

During the length of your treatment your braces will work to align and straighten your teeth to help you achieve a proper bite.

Are braces right for you?

Apart from making your teeth look great, braces also provide many important functional benefits.

Braces can help fix a range of oral health problems, including:

  • Crowded and crooked teeth are hard to clean and can cause a range of problems in the future
  • Too much space between the teeth, caused by the jaw being too big for the teeth or missing teeth
  • Upper and lower jaws that are misaligned
  • Underbites and overbites

You can also consult a specialist orthodontist if you notice other problems such as difficulty chewing or biting, if your child complains of a clicking jaw, tooth grinding or clenching, speech difficulties and breathing through the mouth instead of the nose.

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Why choose us for braces?

We're the dentists trusted by more Kiwis than any other and we’re proud to be New Zealand’s dental industry leaders. We have a large number of specialist orthodontists across our practices who have been straightening smiles for decades!

At Lumino we’re Kiwi owned and operated with a great variety of knowledge and skills shared across the country. Our clinicians are just like you and they will always strive to achieve the best general and specialist dental care for all patients.

Our goal is to make your experience a positive one and we’re proud of the difference we make to everyday Kiwis. With over 120 practices from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island we’ve got you covered.

We also offer a variety of payment options to help suit your needs and make it easier for you to get the treatment you need now without stressing about the upfront cost.

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Braces appointment info


  • Regular appointments are needed every 6 to 8 weeks while you have braces.
  • The first consultation visit will include exams, x-rays, photographs and potentially moulds
  • The next visit is where your braces are glued onto your teeth surfaces
  • Once your braces are on, the wires will be adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure your teeth are moving into the correct position
  • Once your braces have done their job they are removed
  • You will likely continue to have regular appointments after the removal of your braces to check your progress
  • Additional appointments may be needed if you have problems with your braces

How long it takes

The total length of time braces are on for depends on the person. On average braces will be on for 2 years, in some cases this will be shorter or longer.

  • How long you have braces on for depends on your teeth and situation
  • On average braces will be on for 2 years, although in some cases this can be shorter or longer
  • The consultation visit will usually take around 60 minutes
  • Getting your braces will usually take around 60 minutes
  • The regular 6 to 8 week appointments usually take around 15 to 30 minutes
  • Removal of your braces will usually take at least 60 minutes

You may be asked about

  • Your dental history and medical history
  • Your oral health care routine

Before your appointment

  • No special preparation needed

After your appointment

  • You will need to follow the home care routine recommended by your orthodontist specialist
  • After your braces are removed, you will need to use the retainer or removable plate custom-made for you 

Quick tip

Follow the care instructions provided by your orthodontist specialist. Try to avoid overly hard to sticky foods so they don't get stuck in your braces.

Have questions?

How much do braces cost?

The cost of braces depends on the type of braces and how long they are on for. Generally, the cost relates to the complexity of the treatment and how long they are on for. Many orthodontic practices offer payment terms or other discounts. The practice will advise you about the cost and payment options at your consultation visit.