The best orthodontists in Canberra

Spiro Pazios

Dr Spiro Pazios from Embrace Orthodontists, one of Canberra’s most recommended Invisalign orthodontists. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

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

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.”


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 …”

Corrina St Orthodontics

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

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

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I benefit from orthodontic treatment?
The first step is to have a consultation with an orthodontist to outline your concerns and to enable them to examine your teeth, mouth, gums and jaw. This appointment takes place first and then your orthodontist can develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Do I need to get a referral from my dentist to see an orthodontist?
No. You can make an appointment with an orthodontist any time to discuss your orthodontic needs and set up a treatment plan. Your dentist may make a referral but you don’t need to choose that orthodontist. You're free to see anyone you feel can do the best job for you.
How long will it take to get a winning smile from my orthodontist?
This depends on the complexity of your circumstances and your orthodontist will be able to be more specific after an initial consultation and examination.
Why is orthodontic treatment so expensive?
Orthodontic treatment is expensive because teeth move slowly. Since tooth movement is slow, treatment times can be up to two years or more. The time varies by age, with adults sometimes needing more time.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
An orthodontist becomes an orthodontist after three years of postgraduate study in the field of orthodontics. This is done on top of their degree in dentistry. Some orthodontists belong to a professional body like the Australian Society of Orthodontists.

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31 Responses to The best orthodontists in Canberra
Jane Dimoff Jane Dimoff 10:15 pm 21 Aug 20

Dr Pazios... He and the team at Embrace Orthodontist are amazing. From start to finish they’re all over it. Can’t recommend them highly enough !!

Stacey James Stacey James 6:31 pm 21 Aug 20

Dr Te Mo at Supersmiles in Civic. Extremely knowledgeable, makes everything easily understandable. We are only early into treatment with him, but we are really confident we are at the right Orthodontist.

Shosh Shosh 5:17 pm 31 Oct 17

Has anyone had their braces with Dr Graham Shaw at Hawker? Dr Gita Mazaheri took over the business from Dr John McMahon at Charnwood and I do not believe they do orthodontics

Paul65 Paul65 10:00 pm 21 Jan 16

Dr Brice is excellent though you’ll need to turn your hearing aid up to hear what he says.

Previously tried Glenn Carty, I found him to have an appalling bedside manner.

jameswilson jameswilson 6:10 pm 10 Jul 14


Super Smile Orthodontics is absolutely the best! Not only do they do a great job of giving you an awesome smile, but they actually listen to what’s going on in your world. They have been organising weekly and monthly events for years and my daughter definitely likes the face painting day! Now how many other orthodontists do that?! I’m so glad we chose them!

avaabrownn avaabrownn 8:33 pm 25 Jun 14

+1 Supersmile Orthodontist

Last month, my mum asked me to accompany her to her orthodontist. I can say that my mum has a high standard of picking orthodontists. I was happy with what I saw, so much so that this month I am scheduled with Dr. Hyde for clear braces.

cholemartin132 cholemartin132 1:57 pm 17 Jun 14

I highly recommend Super Smile Orthodontics; it has been a great experience and I am glad to say that I had the opportunity to get my Incognito braces fitted with them. It has changed my life and smile completely, because now I can say that when I smile, I feel better about myself. This is why Super Smile is the place to go, the staff make you feel comfortable, and every patient I spoke to in the waiting room also had similar views.

jakeprice112 jakeprice112 6:42 pm 05 Jun 14

I recommend Supersmile. They are the most polite and accommodating Orthodontists around. 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 details to each and every one of us. Dr. Hyde is fun loving and full of energy. He has definitely found his calling and that is helping patients feel comfortable and confident in their new braces as well as learning the importance of keeping a healthy smile.

TDB TDB 10:53 am 20 Apr 10

I’d just like to say that I have found Dr Glenn Carty fantastic, our son has been with Dr Carty now for two year and the work that he has done is Amazing! The staff are very nice and friendly. we also have a payment plan that we pay monthly.

cleo cleo 11:12 pm 03 Mar 10


If you are on a low income you may be able to have the work done for nothing at Westmead Dental, don’t ring Canberra public dentists they wouldn’t have a clue, ring Westmead, I advised a friend to do this as her daughter needed braces, all she had to do was get a referral from the public dentist, her daughter has lovely straight now.

    Keryn Markham Keryn Markham 12:18 pm 05 Dec 19

    CLEO. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT Westmead in Sydney or did you see someone in Canberra for your daughter?

motleychick motleychick 4:15 pm 03 Mar 10

Also would not recommend Dr McGlaughlin. He did my braces about 6 years ago now and when he took them off put a wire at the back of my bottom teeth to stop them from moving but not on my top teeth. When I queried it he said the top teeth didn’t need it and I should wear my mouthguard at night. My top teeth have now moved (not too much, but enough for me to be angry about considering how much money my parents forked out for my braces) and after discussing check ups for afterwards and saying that they would send me reminders, etc. I never heard from them again.

Have to get my wisdom teeth out and would love any recommendations about a good dentist for that. I have heard that Dr Hardwicke in Woden is very good.

nazasaurus nazasaurus 1:17 pm 03 Mar 10

Totally agree about avoiding Dr McGlaughlin, Mountain and Carty. The practice staff were rude and unhelpful, they charged like a wounded bull and after 2 years of braces, my teeth have moved, have spaces from where (healthy) teeth were extracted, and my wisdom teeth which he recommended I dont remove have caused more movement in my teeth and should have been removed right at the start.

I went back to get them fixed and they couldnt have been less interested in seeing me after 6.5K+ that I’d paid.

lizt lizt 12:59 pm 05 Dec 09

Thanks for the feedback Snarky- very much appreciated! Dr Brice sounds like a good starting point for me!
Im hoping to shop around but as its usually not possible to obtain a ‘quote’ over the phone, without actually having to attend an appointment in person, ‘shopping around’ could become quite expensive with all those consult fees. I realise cost depends on the complexity of the problem but Id just like to get a feel for what’s reasonable before I start forking out for initial consultation fees.

I did attend an appointment last week, with a Dr on the Northside, and was quoted approx $6500 treatment + $400 consult fees for an 18 week treatment plan. Through my online research Ive found most people pay under $5000 for a straightforward 1-2 year treatment.
What did you pay for your daughters treatment with Dr Brice Snarky? How long did the treatment last for?

Snarky Snarky 2:09 pm 02 Dec 09

lizt said :

Call me cynical but I’m a little suspicious of all these recommendations for Dr Brice?!
Either his family and friends have been busy posing here as satisfied clients or he’s a really sh#t hot dentist- hopefully the latter!?…

I’ve been quite surprised at how many kids get orthodondics these days. When I was my daughter’s age and then right through high school (about 3 decades ago now!) I can only recall perhaps 2 kids who had braces. In contrast I’d estimate that fully two thirds of my daughter’s friends have had them at various times throughout the last 5 years.

So, in reply to your comment no, I’m not a shill, and given that there are relatively few specialised providers for what appears to be a booming service area it’s not totally surprising that a few names should surface regularly.

But shop around – if you find someone else not too expensive but who does good work be sure to post an update. I still have one more daughter who may need their assistance .


lizt lizt 12:01 pm 02 Dec 09

Have a friend who was very impressed with Dr Manani of Manuka- anyone had any experience with him?

lizt lizt 11:57 am 02 Dec 09

Call me cynical but I’m a little suspicious of all these recommendations for Dr Brice?!
Either his family and friends have been busy posing here as satisfied clients or he’s a really sh#t hot dentist- hopefully the latter!? 😉 I’ll definitely check him out but I’m on a low income so I mightn’t be able to afford him.

I have been quoted approx $6500 treatment + $400 consult fees over a 18 week treatment plan. Is this a reasonable expense for treatment with regular braces? Id really appreciate any feedback on the costs of treatment, i.e. total expense of the entire process, experience with payment plans etc! TIA

Archangel Archangel 7:00 am 16 Oct 09

My dentist (Dr. Scott Park at Preventive Dentistry) refer me to see Dr. Pazio at Manuka. He isn’t cheap (in comparison to others), but he does wonderful work and I do trust my dentist’s recommendation.

Try him out, but you will need your dentist referral to go and see him…I think….?

deezagood deezagood 7:59 pm 18 Aug 09

kctiger – that is so weired … I just spoke to somebody today who recommended the same guy! Now I have too many options to choose from!

kctiger25 kctiger25 6:59 pm 18 Aug 09

Same place as Dr Brice is Dr Whittle, great with kids, mine absolutly love him!!

Nemo Nemo 11:39 am 15 Aug 09

My son got braces a couple of weeks ago. We went to Dr Pazios – Belconnen and Manuka. It was a little on the expensive side but I have been very pleased with his work so far.

After the braces were fitted, someone mentioned an orthodontist in Hawker who was considerably cheaper and did a great job – almost half the price I paid. Shop around and get quotes.

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