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Caleb Lawrence Orthodontics
Ground floor, 4 Vinery Lane, Whangārei
Dr Caleb Lawrence, Orthodontist
Dr Caleb Lawrence is a New Zealand trained specialist orthodontist, and is one of three Māori (Ngãti Hine/Ngãti Maniapoto) specialist orthodontists, registered with the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists. At a young age he aspired to become a dentist and after high school, moved to Dunedin to pursue dentistry at the University of Otago.
In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS). After graduating, Caleb then worked for the university as a dental house surgeon, followed by a couple of years working in both the public and private sectors in Queensland, Australia.
In 2016, Caleb was accepted into the orthodontic residency program at the University of Otago, where he completed his Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent Orthodontics) over the next three years.
Since graduating in 2018, Caleb has locumed throughout New Zealand, where he has had the opportunity to work in a range of different practices and environments throughout the country.
Caleb is passionate about his work and prides himself on building a great rapport with both his patients and their families. He enjoys the challenges of orthodontics and continually strives to maintain a high standard of care and detail for all those under his care.
More about Caleb:
In his spare time, Caleb enjoys spending time with his family and going on excursions, exploring new locations, seeing new sights, and creating memories. He loves being out in nature, particularly with his active boys and enjoys travelling and experiencing other cultures, especially their different cuisines. He enjoys sports, particularly rugby and rugby league and looks forward to the opportunity to work amongst the Northland community.
Metal & Ceramic (clear) Braces
(such as Invisalign)
Removable and Functional Appliances
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist in a branch of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth and the correction of people’s bite and jaws. While orthodontics is used to improve aesthetics, it is not the sole purpose of an orthodontists’ who work to correct abnormal bites and improve dental function.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
To become an orthodontist, a dentist must complete a 3-year specialised postgraduate training endorsed by a reputable University. Orthodontists are specialists who focus solely on orthodontic treatments ranging from mild to severely complex cases. Therefore, you can be assured that you will be receiving the best treatment from a highly trained specialist in the field.
Are braces only for children?
Braces are for everyone. Historically orthodontics was targeted at the adolescent group of young
individuals, however with the changes in technology and the improvements in the ceramic braces
and aligner therapy, there has been an increase in adults seeking orthodontic treatment. Hence, the
age from when treatment can start is from as early as 7 years of age with no limits of age upwards.
How long will it take?
Treatment time varies between individuals based on the complexity of their presenting bite and compliance throughout the duration of orthodontic treatment. On average, you can expect to wear braces from anywhere between 18 and 24 months for standard orthodontic treatment, and upwards for complex orthodontic cases.
What is the cost?
Treatment costs can vary greatly depending on the duration of treatment and nature and complexity of the presenting bite. Therefore, without an initial consultation, it is difficult to determine a set fee. At your consultation appointment an estimate can be provided, and there is no obligation to go ahead with treatment. All costs will be agreed upon with patients and parents before proceeding with treatment.
Do you offer payment plans?
Certainly, we offer interest free payment options that can be paid back on a weekly or monthly basis. Here an initial deposit is required, and the balance paid off in weekly/monthly instalments throughout the duration of the orthodontic treatment. The specifics of these payment options can be discussed in full prior to commencing treatment.
Do I need a referral?
Absolutely not. Give us a call and the team will be happy to book you in for your initial consultation.
Can I only eat soft food while my braces are on?
It is recommended that hard, sticky and crunchy foods are avoided as it can cause breakages, bend the wires, and cause undesirable movements of the teeth. You will still be able to enjoy the majority of your normal foods but may need to modify the way in which you eat. A full list of foods that you will need to avoid, will be provided to you when you commence treatment.
Can I still play sport?
Absolutely! It is however recommended that you wear a mouthguard, particularly if you are playing a contact sport. This can be tricky with braces and we are happy to help you fit one.
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Call: 09-430 3331
Ground floor, 4 Vinery Lane, Whangārei
Mon-Thurs 8.30 am – 5:00 pm
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