JCU is committed to meeting the needs of the communities we serve through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. Better oral health is part of that commitment. We have a special interest in improving oral health for people of the tropics, rural and remote communities and Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.
One of the ways we do this is by training the next generation of dentists, locally. In addition, JCU provides qualified dentists from all over Australia with the extra skills and knowledge that they need to provide the best possible care for their patients. That includes orthodontic care.
Registered general dentists in Australia are licensed to provide all types of dental care for their patients, including the treatment and prevention of crooked or irregular teeth (which is known as ‘orthodontic care’). Some specialist dentists, called ‘orthodontists’, have advanced qualifications and special registration in caring for irregular teeth. Patients with more complicated or technically challenging dental problems are typically treated by specialist orthodontists.
Through its Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics, JCU offers general dental practitioners an opportunity to gain additional knowledge and skills in general orthodontic care. Graduates of the Diploma course are not specialist orthodontists – they are general dentists who are better equipped to confidently provide general orthodontic treatment and advice for their patients.
As part of our Diploma training program, JCU offers members of the community an opportunity to receive orthodontic care from fully qualified general dental practitioners who are undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics. All our services are supervised by experts.
JCU's state-of-the-art Orthodontic Clinic offers orthodontic treatment for children, adolescents and adults. We use the latest in advanced technology to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.
The Orthodontic Clinic offers comprehensive treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. We use the latest technology in the clinic as well as in the classroom to provide our students with the best orthodontic skills.
We offer two main treatment options via our 15-chair state-of-the-art orthodontic clinic at the JCU Smithfield campus.
Please note, orthodontic treatment by a student may take a little longer than receiving treatment from an experienced professional.
Preventative treatments are primarily designed for primary school aged children and aim to prevent problems related to thumb sucking, early removal of baby teeth and bite issues.
Are you are interested in becoming a patient of the Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics at James Cook University?
Please read the information below before contacting us.
To be considered as a patient in the program, the following is required:
You will receive treatment by a student of the Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics under the supervision of an experienced JCU senior staff member.
The initial orthodontic consultation is free. If you are suitable for treatment you will be provided with a quote during the consultation.
*Costs are approximate and vary depending on treatment required.
If you meet the pre-requisite patient criteria above, you will be invited to attend a complimentary 10-minute orthodontic consultation with a senior staff member to determine if you are suitable for orthodontic treatment at JCU. If you have had a recent panoramic x-ray taken, please bring it with you.
If you case is deemed unsuitable due to its complexity, you will be provided with a referral letter to a registered specialist orthodontist.
Phone: 1800 050 763
Address: James Cook University, 14-88 McGregor Road, Smithfield QLD 4878
All Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics students are fully qualified general dental practitioners with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration. The Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics is a two-year program, which teaches general dental practitioners enhanced skills and knowledge in orthodontics. This course is not designed to lead to specialist registration as an orthodontist.
All of our supervisors are leading experts in orthodontics with Australian and international experience. Supervisors are registered specialists orthodontists and internationally-trained orthodontic academics with special-purpose (AHPRA) registration
Research to advance the field of orthodontics is also important. As part of their educational experience, students complete a systematic review of the research evidence on a particular topic in the field of orthodontics.
Orthodontic research interests include: