Dr Roger Peate, BDS,MDS (Syd)
                              Specialist Orthodontist

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Why consider braces ?   Orthodontic braces are highly specialised appliances having been developed and proven over many years. Braces are still the most efficient and reliable way of correcting all types of malocclusions ("crooked" teeth and jaws) and are the only appliances which provide the unique ability to move teeth in any given direction with differential forces.

Complex problems may also require other types of appliances as well as braces, such as expansion appliances, which can be used in association with braces. These appliances may also assist in correction of breathing or speech abnormalities, and help other airway obstruction issues such as in mouth breathing, snoring, chronic hayfever and asthma.

Are there alternatives ?   Yes - many so-called alternatives to braces are being actively marketed, such as removable plastic appliances, "growth modification" appliances (such as the "Myobrace"), and "invisable" aligners (such as "Invisalign"), and more recently "fast" or "quick"  braces.
These alternatives are generally far less efficient and require little or minimal skill or training in their use. They are very limited in what they can achieve, often make very dubious claims about their success, usually produce poorer results and are rarely cost-effective, often failing to achieve the desired outcome in the long-term. In some instances these alternatives can damage your teeth. If it sounds to good to be true then it probably is.

The most common type of alternative appliances are the sequential aligners (such as "Invisalign") but these still have a very limited application and efficiency when compared to braces.

When considering orthodontic treatment the experience, training and qualifications of your clinician is of the utmost importance, as the recognition, diagnosis and management of malocclusions can in many instances be very complex.  As well as providing a dental (tooth) assessment, a detailed knowledge of jaw and facial growth is required to fully determine the
many factors which may contribute to a malocclusion.

Orthodontic treatment will make irreversible and permanent changes to both your teeth and face.
Your appearance and smile will be changed forever.
This is why it is so important to get it right.
Orthodontic treatment is an investment i
n your well-being and appearance for li
fe. Dr. Peate recommends you always seek a "second opinion" from an accredited specialist before committing to any treatment.

There are no short cuts or compromises if you want the best treatment with predictable results that last.

Braces still remain the first and best choice if you want the best results.

Dr. Peate practises at four locations for your convenience

1 Princess Avenue (cnr. Kerr Street)


1 Princess Avenue Ballina NSW Australia

Bytes Dental,
Ballina Central Shopping Village,

44 bangalow road ballina nsw australia

Trigger Dental, Brunswick House,
42 Uralba Street,

42 uralba street lismore nsw australia

Alstonville Dental Practice,
87 Main Street,

87 main street alstonville nsw australia

Phone :  0416126646 for all appointments
No referral is necessary

Our team

Traditional metal braces
Traditional silver braces

              After orthodontic correction


Clear ceramic braces
Clear ceramic braces
For a comprehensive explanation of orthodontic treatment and what we can offer you, please refer to our free app "Orthoconcepts" which can be downloaded onto Android or Apple tablets and mobile phones
"Orthoconcepts" (Ortho means "straight")
Concepts in aligning the teeth and jaws