Activities and Associations

Members of the NZAO are often involved in research, offshore projects and charitable causes. We're also members of many professional bodies and affiliated associations.


The Foundation for Orthodontic Research and Education NZAO Charitable Trust (FORENZAO) was set up in 2005 to promote and encourage research into orthodontic advancement. Specifically, the Trust 

  • funds scientific and clinical research exploring methods for improved orthodontic care
  • encourages and supports scientific and clinical research and specialist orthodontic health care
  • supports post-graduate education associated with the discipline of orthodontics within New Zealand, including the support of students and lecturers involved in such education
  • promotes education about orthodontic health care in the community generally
  • assists movements, groups and organisations endeavouring to support and promote the above purposes.

FORENZAO assists in funding projects run by the Education and Research Development Group (ERDG) of the NZAO. FORENZAO gathers funds for the ERDG through NZAO member contributions and sponsorship from related commercial enterprise including:


3M  American Orthodontics Ormco   3M   TP Australia   Oramometrix AB Orthodontics  Kodak Dental Systems  Dentaurm  Invisalign Oral B

Grateful patient FORENZAO donation form can be downloaded by clicking here 

Any questions or queries please contact the FORENZAO Secretary & Administrator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The ERDG is committed to fostering the twin activities of education and research in the field of orthodontics, both in New Zealand and internationally. It was set up to "... provide the NZAO with a unique, freethinking and relatively independent body to spend time on matters important for the long term development of the profession. Its considerations would range as widely as required on any matter of consequence to the Association: legislative, professional, investigative or clinical, with its work unfettered by the need to react but rather having the freedom to explore." (Quoted from minutes of the steering committee and subsequent AGM reports, courtesy of NZAO member Wayne Dalley).

The ERDG has initiated its own research, proposed research topics and supported existing research with resources and finance.It has made contributions to the research and teaching resources of the Discipline of Orthodontics, University of Otago, and has assisted in the research funding for the graduate orthodontic students.Grants have also been made to NZ and Australian dental students undertaking orthodontic related research. 

Projects overseen by the ERDG in the last two years  include:

  • Pain predictors during orthodontic treatment, by Victoria Beck
  • The role of genetics and craniofacial form, by Jo Artun
  • Activity pattern of neck and trunk muscles during orthodontic work, by Dr Cameron McNee
  • The effect of lip displacement on intra-oral pressures, by Dr Hannah Jack
  • Impact of care-seeking behaviour on termperomandibular disorders, and psychological traits in orthodontic patients, by Dr Ali Ukra
  • Three-dimensional evaluation of mandibular growth in rabbits, by Inah Kim

Wish for a Smile

The  Wish for a Smile Trust helps young people access orthodontic treatment where it may otherwise be out of their reach. A public health  initiative, the Wish for a Smile Trust allows NZAO members to give back to their community by providing specialist orthodontic services to those in real need.

TV3's Campbell Live programme introduced the Trust to New Zealand on Monday 15 October 2012 with a generous donation of excess funds given by New Zealander's to a previous story about Evan Hill. You can view the Campbell Live article here.

While the NZAO is the administering body for the Trust, applications and further information about the trust can be found in the Wish for a Smile Trust section of this website.

Evan Hill update

Evan Hill appeared on TV3's Campbell Live in April 2011. The response to his story of a severe overbite prompted a flood of donations for treatment of his pronounced overbite. NZAO member Ronald Sluiter has undertaken Evan’s treatment and we're delighted to provide an update on his treatment progress. 



Find an Orthodontist

Please choose the location closest to you and click "Search" to begin