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.”

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!”


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 …”

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.

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!”

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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29 Responses to The best orthodontists in Canberra
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.

pug206gti pug206gti 10:18 am 14 Aug 09

Dr McMahon in Charnwood (maybe now in Hawker?) was recommended for my sister’s braces.

bd84 bd84 10:33 pm 13 Aug 09

bubzie said :

Yeah. What everyone else said, dr brice is wonderful 🙂

(according to my mother, he mumbles, which she was kinda irritated about, may of just been her?)

It’s probably your mothers hearing going 😉

Dr Brice was excellent when I was a younger fella 10 or so years ago, he’d probably be horrified if I returned and discovered how long it’s been since I last went to the dentist.. lol

bubzie bubzie 9:48 pm 13 Aug 09

Yeah. What everyone else said, dr brice is wonderful 🙂

(according to my mother, he mumbles, which she was kinda irritated about, may of just been her?)

Snarky Snarky 9:39 pm 13 Aug 09

Dr Brice for the orthodontics was very good with our daughter, but relatively expensive. Fortunately they have a payment plan.

At the end of it all she still needed to get wisdom teeth out, and while Dr Brice did recommend a surgeon who, while I’m sure is very good at his job, was also fairly expensive. We found Dr Carmelo Bonnano (on the ground floor of the same blg as Dr Brice at Woden) for the wisdom teeth surgery was excellent and markedly cheaper by just over $1000.

Here’s hoping your kids don’t need wisdom teeth out, but if they do, check him out.

No relation, just a satisfied customer.

deezagood deezagood 8:50 pm 13 Aug 09

Thanks guys; I think Dr Brice seems to be unanimous … making an appointment tomorrow. Goodbye future holidays 🙁

Gin02 Gin02 8:43 pm 13 Aug 09

Dr Pedley (Belconnen) did a great job fixing the mess another Orthodontist made of my mouth(the first guy was a fan of filing away bits of tooth too make space, thankfully I think he has retired!).

What the first guy took three years to barely achieve, Pedley did in just over 12 months.

ainslie ainslie 8:38 pm 13 Aug 09

Can highly recommend Dr Brice in Woden.

Whatsup Whatsup 8:11 pm 13 Aug 09

Dr Mountain in Tuggeranong

A really nice bloke who seems to put the patient a priority over extracting huge amount of cash from the parents.

AussieRodney AussieRodney 6:59 pm 13 Aug 09

Dr Brice in Woden


sunshine sunshine 6:46 pm 13 Aug 09

Dr Brice in Woden – Brice Whittle and Co. He is FANTASTIC

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