Do I need an orthodontist or a dentist?

Orthodontists specialise in the correct alignment of teeth and total facial structure. Your dentist might refer you to an orthodontist if you need specialist treatment. This checklist will give you an idea of who does what.

  Orthodontist Dentist
5 year university General Dental Training    
30 months+ university Specialist Training in Orthodontics    
Specialises in the diagnoses and treatment of jaw and tooth alignment issues using braces and other techniques    
Addresses bite problems by helping teeth move    
Specialist dental and facial growth and development to facilitate the orthodontic management of growing children    
Replaces, extracts or restores teeth and does crowns, fillings, bridges and implant work    
Does cosmetic dentistry and veneers    
Does check-ups and monitors your dental health    

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you must keep up with your six-monthly treatments with your dentist.

A dentist has to have completed at least 2 to 3 years of full-time specialist training to become an orthodontist. You can ask your dental professional if they are a dentist or orthodontist, or find out if they are a member of a professional body such as the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on a patient’s unique needs. The cost is based on the complexity of the case as well as how many appointments are needed.

We provide a flexible payment plan, so patients can spread the cost of the treatment over a period of time.

Arrange a consultation if you are worried about the alignment of your teeth, are concerned about the way your teeth are positioned or about your facial or jaw growth and development.

Orthodontists can improve the position of your teeth at almost any age. The earlier you get an examination, the earlier your orthodontist can determine what treatment is needed. In children, this can help eliminate extractions or jaw surgery later on.

Some orthodontic problems must be corrected properly the first time around, as the problem can increase as your child ages. Treatment can permanently change a child’s teeth, and even their face, as orthodontists can guide facial development and manage tooth movement.

If you child has gaps between his or her baby teeth, it is not necessarily a problem as the permanent teeth will be larger. But, if there is not enough space for the teeth to come through, this may indicate overcrowding and treatment might be needed. To discuss your child's dental development, book a consultation with Dr. Martin Fine.

While many patients come to us via their dentist, we have seen a rise in the number of people booking their own consultation. All you have to do is fill in the contact form and we will get back to you.

Often, we can use clear braces for your orthodontic treatment, as it makes patients feel more at ease with their appearance. For instance, Invisalign clear aligners are a popular alternative to metal braces, but they are not ideal for complicated issues.

Whether you have treatment with clear or metal braces is your choice, but your orthodontist can advise on the best option for your case.

Removable appliances can tip your teeth, but braces make greater movements.

Crowding occurs when your teeth are crooked. It happens when the size of the jaw is too small for the teeth, or when the teeth are too large for the jaw.

In some instances, expansion provides enough room for all of the teeth.

Keep in mind that some milk teeth are larger than permanent teeth, so we can gain a little additional space to correct crowding when the permanent teeth come through. If your child is seen by an orthodontist at the right time, measures can be put in place to create more space. In other cases, you may have to have teeth extracted to eliminate crowding.


A crossbite occurs when lower teeth sit outside the upper teeth and the upper palate must be expanded.

Impacted teeth are the ones that have yet to erupt. This may be due to hard or bony tissue impaction, soft tissue impaction or severe overcrowding.

Sometimes, it is necessary to surgically uncover your tooth to allow the orthodontist to guide it into the right position.


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  • Everything On-Site
    Everything On-Site

    Our NoFrownZone practice has everything on-site so you, or your child, can have all your orthodontic appointments right here in Queenstown.

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    Putting Patients First

    Our practice offers a warm, friendly environment in which patients can relax and receive individually-focused treatment.

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    Latest Technology

    At the NoFrownZone, our state-of-the-art digital technology allows us to plan your treatment more accurately, and provide a pleasant treatment experience. Digital technology offers greater precision resulting in faster treatment!

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    Special Care for Kids

    We have the knowledge and skills needed to treat the unique needs of growing children in an inviting and comfortable environment.

Fine Orthodontics
Queenstown, Otago

Less than 5 min walk from Wakatipu High School

Shop 102-11, Dart House
Remarkables Park Town Centre
Hawthorne Drive
Queenstown 9300

(03) 555 2127     |     Email

Monday - Friday 9:30am till 5pm