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How we are different from your family dentist

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Family Dentists cover a broad range of oral health issues. An orthodontist, on the other hand, is a dental specialist with a singular focus: straightening teeth and aligning jaws.

To help you make an informed decision, here are a few key differences between orthodontists and dentists:

  •  A general dentist is similar to your family GP medical doctor – they are highly skilled general practitioners who can diagnose and treat problems and common diseases that affect your teeth, mouth and gums.
  • Dentists complete a General Dental Degree.
  • They are experts in general dental care and maintenance for all ages. They also perform cosmetic dental procedures such as tooth whitening, porcelain veneers and crowns.
  • Unlike orthodontists, dentists are not trained at university in fitting braces or overseeing other orthodontic treatments
  • Orthodontists are registered dental specialists who have completed an additional three years of full-time university training in orthodontics, facial growth, and development, biology and biomechanics (they hold a General Dental Degree + Specialist Orthodontic Degree). There are only 3-4 Orthodontists trained each year at 5 accredited Australian universities and only the best dentists are selected into these training programs.
  • Orthodontists are facial growth and dental development experts. They diagnose and treat crooked teeth, bad bites and poorly aligned jaws.
  • Orthodontists are experts in all orthodontic care options and technologies for children, teens and adults.

Your smile is one of your most important features and the first asset you present to the world, so you want to make sure it is in the best hands with a fully trained orthodontics specialist.

Orthodontic treatment (including braces and clear aligners) should ideally be provided by a registered specialist orthodontist. Orthodontists have the skills and expertise to correctly diagnose orthodontic problems, assess and monitor your tooth movements and safeguard the health of your teeth.

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Why Choose Us

30+ Years of Experience

We have given multi-generational family members smiles they can be proud of

Your Orthodontist will be present at each visit

We monitor your treatment from start to finish and into retention

Boutique Family Practice

You will receive the upmost care, service and support throughout your orthodontic journey

Evidence Based Techniques

We only recommend treatment that is scientifically shown to be beneficial for your orthodontic treatment

Clinical Experience and Expertise

Both our Orthodontists are highly qualified. Together, they have treated over 12,000 patients, and counting. There isn’t much we haven’t seen.

Multi-Lingual

We speak your language: English and Chinese (中文)

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Specialist Orthodontist present during initial consultation

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Specialist Orthodontist present during every active treatment visit

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Specialist Orthodontist personally puts the braces on your teeth

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Short cosmetic aligner treatment options (6-12 months)

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Alignment of back teeth aiming for best bite correction possible

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3 years of additional training on top of a General Dentist degree

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Full disclosure knowing who your Doctor is and how much experience they personally have BEFORE you pay for treatment

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Retainers included in the price for ALL treatment options and payment plans

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Assessment of the health of the teeth and gums before proceeding with treatment. *

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Use trusted premium aligner brands (such as Invisalign)

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The treating Doctor personally reviews X-rays before planning your Orthodontic treatment

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Search AHPRA to Check you’re seeing a Specialist Orthodontist

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website has the details of all registered health professionals in the country, including general dentists and dental specialists such as orthodontists. You can easily search their records to find out your practitioner’s credentials. Look for the registration type ‘Dentist – Specialist’ to confirm they are an orthodontist.

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