Orthodontics is the treatment of problems and concerns relating to the alignment of teeth, jaws and bite. In modern orthodontics, this treatment can be carried out with traditional metal or ceramic braces, or clear sequential aligners.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and my general dentist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who is an expert in the alignment of the teeth, jaws and bite. In addition to their 5 years of basic dental training, orthodontists have to complete a further 3 years of full-time post-graduate specialist training (that’s about 5000 hours – a lot of smiles!).


At Clifton Hill Orthodontics, we are fortunate to have 2 specialist orthodontists.

Do I need to see an orthodontist?

If you have any concerns in regard to you or your child’s bite, or the function or appearance of their teeth, it is a good idea to seek an orthodontic opinion. The expert in this field is your local orthodontist. You do not need a referral to see them, but a letter from your dentist is always welcome.


We welcome patients of all ages but wherever possible it is advantageous to have an initial orthodontic assessment between the ages of 7-9.


Most of our patients are referred from their dentists or from family and friends. During the course of treatment, we try to update your dentist in regard to your progress as often as we can.