About Us

Sax Dearing Orthodontics operates three clinics, located in Napier, Hastings and Masterton. Our team are passionate about orthodontics.  We believe you deserve the same degree of professional, high-quality service that we would all like for our friends and family.

Our aim is to provide the best orthodontic care possible and our friendly staff is ready willing and able to make this a reality.

A little about Dr Sax Dearing

ED(Military),  BDS(Otago), MDS(Orthodontics), DHA (Massey), FRACDS (General Stream in Dentistry for Children), FRACDS(Orth) (Special Stream in Orthodontics).

Dr Saxton G. Dearing is the Director of Sax Dearing Orthodontics Limited. He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 1969 from the University of Otago School of Dentistry. Sax then worked for several years as a general dentist, first as Casualty Officer at Dunedin Public Hospital and then in general practice both overseas and in New Zealand. He then undertook specialist orthodontic training.

Dr Dearing is one of only a few orthodontists in New Zealand who has been awarded a Fellowship in Orthodontics by the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons.  He also has an appointment to both the Wellington and Hawke’s Bay Hospitals as orthodontic consultant. Plus he regularly travels overseas to ensure that his practice is accessing and offering the latest and most up to date advances in orthodontic treatment.

In 1974 he was appointed Graduate Demonstrator in Orthodontics at Otago School of Dentistry and began a three year training programme graduating Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in the special field of Orthodontics in 1976. In 1980 he was made a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Children’s Dentistry including Orthodontics by examination (FRACDS). In 1984 he gained a three-year Post Graduate Diploma in Health Administration from Massey University (DHA), again by examination.

When you are looking for the best orthodontist in Hawke’s Bay or Wairarapa, make sure you come and see the team at Sax Dearing Orthodontics.

He has been an external examiner in orthodontics at the University of Otago School of Dentistry for many years and holds an appointment at consultant level to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board as Visiting Orthodontist where he is part of a team treating craniofacial abnormalities (mainly cleft palate cases) in conjunction with the the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hutt Hospital, Wellington.

Sax has written and published many articles for scientific journals and has been invited to address a number of international orthodontic conferences. He is involved in ongoing research using the latest technological advances in orthodontic appliances and computers to enhance both patient treatment and office efficiency.
Sax is a member of both the New Zealand and American Associations of Orthodontists and is a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists. He regularly attends conferences, and visits other orthodontic offices overseas to ensure that he is up to date with the latest developments.

In order to validate this Sax successfully sat the FRACDS (Orth) examination in February 1995. He is still only the seventh orthodontist in the world (and the second New Zealander) to pass this qualification. During the period 1995 to 2001, he was appointed to the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO) committee developing a method of assessing competency in orthodontics. Specialist orthodontists are the first group in dentistry to endorse a competency assurance programme that includes practice audit.

In 2003, Sax was appointed to the NZAO’s, Education, Research & Development Group (ERDG). The ERDG is a standing committee of the NZAO charged with the responsibility of fostering evidence-based continual education, facilitating research and providing leadership in professional development for NZAO members. The ERDG is currently partially funding research undertaken by four postgraduate students as part of the requirement towards the MDS(Otago) qualification.

Sax was the elected chairman of ERDG for some years. During 2004 ERDG hosted a committee investigating the formation of a foundation for orthodontic research in New Zealand. The report and recommendations presented to the last Annual General Meeting of the NZAO were accepted unaminously. Subsequently, a charitable trust called the “Foundation for Orthodontic Research and Education (New Zealand Association of Orthodontists) to attract, generate, hold and distribute funding for orthodontic research in New Zealand was formed with initial capital contributed by members exceeding $100,000.

In August 2005, the ERDG hosted S2005 a seminar examining the benefits and risks of orthdodontic treatment. Discussion during the seminar identified new areas requiring further research. ERDG is also involved in research investigating how closely patient expectations match professional goals, and the long-term (20 years plus) benefits of orthodontic treatment. In 2007, ERDG hosted a further seminar investigating the latest fad in orthodontics treatment without extractions. A further seminar is planned for 2009 to discuss the quality of life benefits accrueing from orthodontic treatment. The proceeds of these seminars has allowed ERDG to provide in excess of $30,000.00 to researchers.

More recently, Sax has been asked to preview several articles for international orthodontic journals. He has stepped aside from any poitical ambitions preferring to leave such offices for younger colleagues.

Our Friendly Staff



Our lovely practice manager and most recent convert. Jess has wide international experience and was head- hunted from HBDHB.



Suwanee’s role is Masterton surgery coordinator and chairside assistant. She has been with us for 12 years.



Andrea’s role is Napier surgery coordinator, Laboratory assistant and chairside assistant. She has been with us for 5 years.