Check-up & Clean

  • All-in-one appointment for $199*
  • Complete check of teeth, gums, jaw-joints, lips and tongue (stand alone cost $105)
  • Unlimited standard and OPG x-rays (stand alone costs start at $65)
  • Comprehensive and gentle scale and polish (stand alone cost $160)
  • Tough stain removal with Prophyflex air polisher (stand alone cost $110)
  • The only dental clinic in Wanaka with the full array of x-ray equipment
  • Photos taken for records and communication

What to expect at a check-up and clean visit

At a check-up and clean visit, you can expect a thorough examination of your oral health and a professional dental cleaning. Our dentists will inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or other dental issues. X-rays will be taken, with your permission, to detect hidden problems.

During the teeth cleaning, a we will use specialised tools to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease. We will also provide personalised oral hygiene tips and recommendations to improve your at-home care.

If any dental concerns are identified, our team of experts will discuss every possible treatment option and answer any questions you may have. Regular check-up and clean visits are essential for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing potential dental problems.

What causes bad breath (halitosis)?

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, refers to an unpleasant odour that originates from the mouth. It can be embarrassing and socially distressing. Bad breath is often caused by the presence of bacteria in the mouth, which produce sulphur compounds that create an unpleasant smell. Poor oral hygiene, gum disease, tooth decay, dry mouth, certain foods, tobacco use, and underlying medical conditions can contribute to bad breath. Regular brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning, along with routine dental check-ups, can help prevent and manage bad breath.

While it may not always be possible to permanently cure bad breath, there are several measures you can take to effectively manage and reduce it. Practicing good oral hygiene at home, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoid tobacco products and limit foods known to cause strong odours, such as garlic and onions, can also help reduce bad breath.

The cause of gum disease

The main cause of gum disease is the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. When plaque is not adequately removed through proper oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing alone. Tartar irritates the gums, leading to inflammation and the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis.

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria thrive, leading to bone and tooth loss over time.

Our team of gum care experts use proven and modern techniques and equipment to comfortabely remove stubborn plaque and tartar, preventing them from causing further damage to teeth and gums.

Why do dentists take x-rays?

Dental x-rays play a vital role in maintaining optimal oral health and diagnosing dental issues. They provide valuable insights that are not visible during a regular dental examination. X-rays help detect cavities, gum disease, infections, impacted teeth, and other dental conditions in their early stages, allowing for prompt treatment and prevention of more extensive problems.

By identifying issues early, dental x-rays help save teeth and reduce the need for more invasive and costly procedures.

X-rays are a vital part of the planning stage for dental treatments such as orthodontics, implants, or extractions, ensuring precision and better outcomes. With advancements in technology, modern dental x-rays emit minimal radiation, making them safe for patients of all ages.

Payment options available

We offer a wider range of interest-free payment options to suit any budget and we offer free check-ups and cleans for teen orthodontic patients*. Individual service costs may vary. Costs can be found on our Services pages.


Learn more about dental conditions and treatments with Bespoke Smiles Wanaka.

Are there any risk factors for developing gum disease?

Yes, risk factors include poor oral hygiene, smoking, hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy), certain medications, genetic predisposition, and certain systemic conditions like diabetes.

How can I manage tooth grinding at home?

You can try stress-reducing techniques, such as relaxation exercises or engaging in activities that promote relaxation. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol, especially before bed, can also help. Using a mouthguard at night can protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Yes, dental X-rays are considered safe with minimal exposure to radiation. At Bespoke Smiles Wanaka, we use a digital X-ray system and have led-lined walls to minimise radiation exposure to our team and patients.

Can gum disease affect overall health?

Yes, gum disease has been associated with various systemic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and complications during pregnancy. Maintaining gum health is important for overall well-being.

Can gum disease lead to tooth loss?

Yes, untreated gum disease can progress to the advanced stage, called periodontitis, which can cause the destruction of gum tissues and bone supporting the teeth, leading to tooth loss.

Can gum disease be contagious?

While gum disease itself is not contagious, the bacteria that cause gum disease can be spread through saliva. Sharing items like toothbrushes or utensils with someone who has gum disease may increase the risk of bacterial transmission.

Can my oral health impact my overall health?

Yes, there is a strong connection between oral health and overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and pregnancy complications. Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall well-being.