What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontics is a specialist field of dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems related to the alignment of teeth and jaws. Beneficial to both adults and children alike, orthodontic treatment can alter jaw growth, correct a bad bite and straighten your teeth to give you a beautiful and healthy smile. Treating orthodontic problems early may be less costly than the restorative dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.


In Australia an orthodontist must:

  • Complete a Bachelor degree in Dentistry (a 5-year full-time University course)

  • Complete a Masters degree in Orthodontics (a 3-year full-time University course)

  • Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


Orthodontists are the only specialists who can accurately give you an informed opinion on the best orthodontic options for your teeth and deal with any difficult issues and unexpected outcomes to help you achieve the smile you desire and a good bite. Our Smile Group Orthodontists have trained for years to do what they love doing the most- creating beautiful smiles for life!