Orthodontist and Restorative Dentist
Braces and other orthodontic appliances
Crowns, bridges, implants, and cosmetic dentistry
Heather J Keall, Orthodontist
BDS(Otago) MS (Michigan) PG DipClinDent
Christopher L Keall, Specialist Restorative Dentist
Phone: (09) 416 8034
Mon: 8:30am – 6pm
Tue: 9am – 8pm
Wed: 8:30am – 6pm
Thu: 8:30am – 6pm
Fri: 8am – 1pm
How to get to us
We are conveniently located just around the corner from Hobsonville Road with off street parking and our own school bus stop right outside.
We are accessible from the city (SH16) — take the Hobsonville exit.
From the North Shore (SH18) — take the Trig Road exit.
If your are local we are next to Barfoot and Thompson.
6 Luckens Road, West Harbour
Heather graduated with a BDS from Otago in 1977 and obtained her specialist Orthodontic qualification from the University of Michigan in 1986. She also has a postgraduate diploma in paediatric dentistry. Heather served in the New Zealand Army until 1997, and is currently a Consultant Orthodontist with the Cleft Lip and Palate Service at Middlemore Hospital.
Chris graduated from Otago in 1978. He won the medal for restorative dentistry. His post graduate qualification is also from the University of Michigan, and he graduated MS in 1985. He served in the New Zealand Army in New Zealand and overseas. Luckily he was more likely to be in front of a class teaching, as part of our foreign aid programme, than facing anyone more dangerous. He and Heather set up their own practice in 1997.
Chris also works part time at Middlemore Hospital in a specialist capacity, seeing patients whose medical needs often put them beyond the scope of a general practice dentist
What to expect
Heather and Chris are registered as specialists with the Dental Council of New Zealand. They see patients of all ages. Heather sees patients who would like straight teeth and an improvement in their bite and Chris sees patients who have damaged, worn, or discoloured teeth and wish to consider improving the appearance and function of their teeth.
The first appointment is usually a consultation where you discuss the problem with the appropriate specialist and we talk about what is possible, whether there are some options, and how long the treatment might take. The patient or their parents would also get some idea of the costs involved. Small urgent or temporary treatment is sometimes done at this appointment
Most people or families like to go over what we’ve talked about at home at this stage, and some patients are not old enough for orthodontic treatment. There is seldom a rush. We frequently see patients in a year for a follow up appointment if we need to wait for more growth.
The next appointment is often for records. These can include photos, xrays and plaster casts. These help us gain a full understanding of the problem. About a week later when we have had time to consider the records. We discuss the final plan with you, and it is a good time to ask lots of questions. We talk about all of the options, and their advantages and disadvantages. Some restorative treatment is undertaken in stages. This is less common with orthodontics in our practice. Sometimes a problem will need our combined expertise or that of a different dental specialist. We will refer you to the appropriate person as necessary.
When you and your family are ready. We begin treatment. Treatment with braces averages about two years. Restorative treatment varies in treatment time but is often not as fast as on TV. At any time we are happy to book a time to talk about how the treatment is going.