Orthodontics/Braces

At Keith Nelson Associates we believe everyone deserves their own perfect smile but sometimes that perfect smile needs a little help. That’s where we can help. As some of the best orthodontics providers in Auckland, we have been helping our patients with their smiles for more than 40 years. We still love seeing every single result of beautiful straight teeth, and the real difference it makes to our patients’ confidence.

We offer a range of orthodontic options including our new range of incredibly discreet metal braces, coloured braces, clear braces and Clear Correct which are invisible braces.

Orthodontics / Braces

Our Orthodontic Services include removable appliances, myofunctional therapy, full fixed braces and clear aligners (Clear Correct).

Malocclusion will help to determine which type of appliance is best for each orthodontic patient. Malocclusion, is the way that teeth fit into the mouth, which is broken into malocclusion classes which are the different types of that problem:
Class I, Class II, Division 1, Class II Division 2 and Class III.

We can provide Orthodontic services which were previously only available at a specialist orthodontist. Dr Vikki Nelson and Dr Sophia Mahendran have both completed many post graduate courses in this field of Orthodontics including a 2 year diploma in Progressive Orthodontics.

In our practice we work with many specialists – Orthodontists, Dental Hygienists, Periodontists, and Oral & ENT surgeons to give you the best possible treatment outcome.

Removable Appliances


Plates used to develop the jaws and aid to correct jaw alignment.

Myofunctional Appliances

Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, incorrect swallowing, thumb sucking and other myofunctional habits can cause bedwetting, malocclusion, poor facial development and relapse. With early diagnosis simple techniques including removable Orthodontic trainers or plates can be used to alleviate existing problems.  Myobrace website

Fixed Braces


Progressive full term braces . Using the advanced Progressive IP Orthodontics Programme, our practice now offers one of the latest and leading Orthodontic tools. The progressive system provides a fully customised treatment plan tailored to each individual patient. Braces can be the metal or the more cosmetic ceramic braces.

Clear Correct Aligners


ClearCorrect are the clear and simple alternative to braces. Orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is an option to correct the position of the teeth in indicated cases. It’s a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them. Each aligner moving your teeth just a little bit at a time.

First, an orthodontic evaluation is carried out with each patient. Records are taken which includes, intraoral and extraoral photographs, radiographs and a digital scan of the patient’s mouth.

Next, the treatment plan is generated using a software simulating the movements to be carried out and visualizing the final position. Subsequently, the different types of clear aligners to be used are designed which will be changed according to what tooth movements are required. These clear aligners make the teeth gradually move into the planned position.

They’re practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re in treatment. They fit you perfectly, so they’re more comfortable than regular braces and they’re removable so you can eat whatever you like and clean your teeth normally.

Ask your Vikki or Sophia for more information about Clear Correct and what it can do for you.

When is the Best Time to Start Orthodontics?

As soon as problems can be identified a plan should be formulated for the eventual correction. Each problem has a “best” time to make the correction. Many problems can be identified as early as 6-8 years of age. Some problems are best left to a later age to correct but other problems are best corrected at a young age. Problems to look out for are thumb/finger sucking, mouth breathing, crossbites and crowded teeth so early assessment is a good idea.

Early Orthodontic Intervention – Mid to Late Mixed Dentition

Early treatment is designed to intercept or prevent a developing bite problem that if left untreated, would ultimately result in the child having a more difficult problem or a compromised result in the future.

Treatment may involve a palatal expander, braces, or removable appliances designed to create room for erupting teeth, with the aim to prevent the need for tooth extraction,  correct a bite problem, or help a child break a habit which may be moving teeth in an adverse manner (e.g. thumb-sucking or nail biting).

Early orthodontic problems are usually picked up during routine dental check-ups and the parents are then advised to contact a dental professional trained in orthodontic treatment.

Most children do not need early treatment, but when indicated, interceptive treatment is effective and often alleviating the need for future orthodontic treatment or at the very least making it easier and less time in fixed braces or aligners.

Adult Orthodontics

Crooked teeth prematurely age us but there’s more to straight teeth than just a beautiful smile. Straight teeth not only gives us confidence, they are better for your overall health.

Teeth in their correct position and jaws which are aligned to your facial profile are not only more aesthetically pleasing, they make chewing your food easier thus helping with the digestion of food, allowing easier extraction of the valuable vitamins and nutrients your body needs from your diet.

So, if you’ve been thinking of having orthodontic treatment but have always thought you don’t really need it, think again. Your overall health, physical and mental wellbeing plus your confidence will thank you for it. And so will your smile!

Options to straighten teeth in adulthood can be with either small conventional brackets with wires or virtually invisible clear aligners.

Benefits of Adult Treatment

Benefits of adult orthodontic treatment, including:

  • Being able to smile with confidence
  • Improved overall self-image
  • Better oral hygiene
  • Reduced risk of cavities and gum disease

Eating Recommendations For Orthodontic Patients

One of the questions we are often asked is about eating guidelines for braces. When you are wearing braces you can eat and enjoy most foods without damaging your appliances within reason.

However foods which we recommend you avoid to prevent de-bonding of the brackets whilst in fixed braces:

Avoid Hard Foods

  • Popcorn
  • Corn chips
  • Nuts
  • Hard lollies
  • Pizza crust
  • Corn-on-the-cob
  • Hard biscuits

Avoid Sticky Foods

  • Liquorice
  • Caramel
  • Chewing gum
  • Dried fruit
  • Chewy lollies
  • Sticky muesli bars

Sticky foods need to be avoided as much as possible as they can damage orthodontic appliances by bending wires and pulling brackets or bands loose.

Always Brush and Rinse After Eating

  • Lollies
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes and cupcakes
  • Soft drinks
  • Fruit juice
  • Sugary cereals
  • Milkshakes
  • Fruit

If you eat foods which are high in sugar, always brush your teeth afterwards. If you are unable to brush, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

Brushing Recommendations for Braces

  • Gently clean sides of teeth and under gums with an up-and-down motion.
  • Floss between all teeth once per day.
  • Start brushing your teeth on the upper right side using your electric toothbrush.
  • Brush above and below the braces, moving the brush head slowly.
  • Work your brush towards the front teeth and over to the left side.
  • Then brush the inside and biting surfaces.
  • Take your time.

How To Brush Your Teeth With Braces

It’s a process to brush your teeth with braces. But a relatively simple one once it becomes a routine. Remember, practice makes perfect. Let’s begin.

  1. Before you brush, rinse with water to help loosen any food lodged around your braces
  2. Then start brushing (we recommend a brush designed for braces) at the gumline at a 45-degree angle
  3. Next, place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket
  4. Then, reposition to slowly brush the bottom of the bracket and the wire, angling the toothbrush up
  5. Be sure to brush every tooth at the gumline and above and below the brackets to help remove plaque and food debris

Some older kids may still require help until they are comfortable properly angling the toothbrush and have learned how to brush their teeth with braces. Again, it’s a process.

How To Clean Between Your Teeth With Braces

Your child should also learn to master regular cleaning between their teeth with braces. And flossing is that crucial step. Here are some helpful flossing with braces tips:

  • Try a floss threader to make flossing with braces easier
  • Consider water irrigators to help flush out food particles in tight spaces
  • After brushing, help prevent cavities by rinsing with mouthwash to help remove bacteria for a healthier mouth

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