Great teeth make great smiles and give us confidence. Sadly, our teeth don’t always grow the way we want. If you or your child suffer from crooked teeth, a bad bite, or a misaligned jaw you’ll need to see a fully trained and registered orthodontist. As a specialist, orthodontists have completed an extra three years of training on top of their general dental degree.
Besides straightening teeth, orthodontists provide many other services for children, teenagers and adults, including fixed and removable plates, metal braces, ceramic braces, invisible braces, and clear aligners.
What makes a great orthodontist?
Choosing the right orthodontist will ensure you get the correct procedure for your problem, so it’s smiles all round. As specialists, orthodontists only focus on orthodontics, braces, plates and clear aligner. It’s what they do all day, every day.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing an orthodontist.
- Qualifications and experience. Ask about qualifications and experience. In addition to a general dental degree, orthodontists must have completed an accredited three year, full-time university degree in orthodontics and be registered as a specialist in orthodontics.
- Examples of work. You can ask orthodontists for examples of before and after work they’ve performed that is similar to what you need. You can check their websites and online reviews too.
- Latest technology. Look for an orthodontist who uses modern and up-to-date techniques and equipment, so you to get the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time.
- Treatment plan and costs. Orthodontic treatments often involve multiple visits over a longer time (each case is different but it can be a year or two). Ask your orthodontist how long it could take for your needs.
- Itemised costing. It takes time to get that winning smile, which is why orthodontic treatments cost more than regular dental treatments. Different orthodontists charge differently. Ask for an itemised costing so you know what’s included and what isn’t. You may worry about how to pay. Ask about flexible, interest-free payment plans.
- Child-friendly. Orthodontist clinics can worry children. Look for a child-friendly clinic with a fun and relaxed environment. Some clinics have a games room, for example.
The best orthodontists in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Civic Gentle Dental Care’s orthodontic services are about perfect smiles. The clinic treats misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, overbites and tooth spacing issues for adults and young people. Services include dental implants, dental veneers and Invisalign, all with value-for-money.
Xueyin Zha wrote on Google, “I haven’t seen a dentist for years and came with a fair bit of anxiety. Dr John Choi made it such a relaxing and fun experience, explaining in detail the condition of my teeth and future care.”
Corrina St Orthodontics provides first-class orthodontic care and treatment, to improve patients’ overall appearance and general health and wellbeing. The clinic takes care of patients of all ages – children, teenagers and adults – with state-of-the-art technologies and treatments. Teeth-straightening solutions are tailored to the individual for optimal outcomes. Types of braces include Incognito, Invisalign, Lingual, clear, ceramic and standard.
As happy patient Abnishek Sehgal proclaimed on Google, “Fixed my teeth up!”
Orthoclinic Specialist Orthodontics is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility in Manuka with a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The clinic uses the latest technology, including 3D tooth modelling. Its high standard x-ray machine emits up to five times less radiation than standard machines and hospital grade sterilisation procedures. Flexible interest-free payment plans are available.
Sarah Glover wrote on Google, “The level of skill and customer care at this practice is immaculate … The practice is very modern, organised and is always in great condition … I’m so happy with my teeth!”
Embrace Orthodontists is an award-winning practice leading the way in Invisalign and braces treatments.
Dr Pazios, Dr Wei and Dr Mann are highly skilled and experienced. They provide thorough orthodontic consultations covering treatment options, financing and more.
Embrace Orthodontists employs modern orthodontic techniques and appliances designed to get the best possible results in the minimum time necessary. In-house lab technicians expedite orthodontic treatments.
Embrace Orthodontists offers cutting-edge orthodontics for children and adults, including: metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces (hidden behind teeth), Invisalign and Invisalign for teens.
Together Dr Pazios, Dr Wei and Dr Mann have performed more than 2,000 Invisalign procedures. Invisalign has awarded Embrace Orthodontists Black Diamond status, placing them in the Top 6 in Australia.
Embrace Orthodontists always puts patients first, making orthodontics a convenient and positive experience. The clinic offers treatments from aged 7 through to adults, use the latest technology including a modern scanner that eliminates the need for impressions.
Interest-free, flexible payment plans are available. The initial Invisalign consultation is free. Convenient online services enable patients to view their records and schedule appointments.
With two locations, one in Manuka and one in Belconnen, Embrace Orthodontists has disabled access and facilities.
As satisfied customer Amey Bencke wrote on Google, “In the past two years, myself and two of my children have fixed smiles with Embrace. We’re pretty stoked with the service, professionalism, short wait times and attitudes of all the staff. Highly recommended.”
Supersmile has been creating beautiful smiles and excellent functional bites in a friendly and caring environment for over 30 years. Orthodontists Dr Papas, Dr Temo and Dr McConnell offer orthodontic treatments for adults and children, using the latest equipment. Services include Invisalign, clear braces, coloured braces, and Incognito Hidden Braces. The clinic offers interest-free plans.
As Jake Price wrote on RiotACT, “Dr. Hyde and his staff really know how to make my daughter and son feel comfortable and stay calm. Each procedure done at the office has always been explained in detail …”
If you’re looking for more information on orthodontists in Canberra, you might like our article on the best Invisalign orthodontists in Canberra.
Your experience with orthodontists in Canberra
Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Have you had experience with any of the orthodontists listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.