What is an Orthodontist?

The names given to different branches of  dentistry can be quite confusing. A dentist may also be known as a dental surgeon, they are the same person. An orthodontist is a dentist or dental surgeon who returns to a university  credited by the Dental Board of Australia  to successfully complete  three years of postgraduate  training in the area of orthodontics to gain a higher qualification – a Masters degree in Dentistry. Only dentists who have successfully completed this training may call themselves an orthodontist. They are dental specialists who then dedicate their entire practicing career  to the field of orthodontics alone.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is one of many specialist branches of dentistry . It deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems related to the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Dental and facial irregularities are called malocclusions. The word malocclusion comes from two Latin words, mal meaning bad and occlusion meaning bite, so orthodontists fix “bad bites” This is a simple view of orthodontics, it is really is a culmination of their knowledge and skills and understanding of facial aesthetics to use different appliances to correct the lips and jaws and teeth to create facial harmony.

What are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligner treatment is a technique for straightening teeth without braces. There are no bracket and wires. Instead we use a series of sequential clear removable aligners that are custom- modeled to fit your teeth and gradually reposition them. They are almost invisible and can be removed to enjoy any food or drink that you may like and make cleaning and flossing easier. There are many brands of clear aligners on the market including Spark® and Invisalign® that we use at FACE To FACE.

Can adults have braces too?​​

This is a simple one to answer- absolutely yes. There is no age limit to straightening teeth or resolving malocclusions. Of course adults need to have healthy teeth and gums and be in good general health.

What age should my child see an orthodontist?

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommend children receive a specialist orthodontic examination by age 7-8 years, if a parent or the family dentist identify a potential problem. It’s not always necessary to start treatment at such a young age but, getting a simple evaluation can help us gauge the best time to begin any treatment.

Common orthodontic problems​


Class III ( "underbites")

Thumb / Finger sucking

Open bite


Class II