JCU Orthodontic Clinic

JCU Orthodontic Clinic

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.

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.

Orthodontic teaching clinics

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.

Fixed braces and aligners

  • Full upper and lower fixed orthodontic braces
  • Clear aligners straighten teeth without noticeable metal wires and brackets

Costs of treatment

Preventative orthodontic treatments

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.

Costs of treatment

Prospective patients

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:

  1. You must not have received a consultation by an orthodontist in the last 12 months
  2. You must not have had previous orthodontic treatment
  3. You must not currently be undergoing orthodontic treatment by any specialist orthodontist/dentist
  4. The complexity of the orthodontic treatment must fall within the range of what is considered suitable for a general dental clinician who is learning enhanced skills. This will be determined by the clinical supervisor and it is based on the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) criteria

You will receive treatment by a student of the Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics under the supervision of an experienced JCU senior staff member.

Treatment costs

The initial orthodontic consultation is free. If you are suitable for treatment you will be provided with a quote during the consultation.

Approximate treatment costs:

  • Fixed braces and aligners $4,000*
  • Preventative orthodontic treatments $1,000 - $1,500*

*Costs are approximate and vary depending on treatment required.

Free consultations

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.

Email: jcudentalreception@jcu.edu.au 
Phone: 1800 050 763
Address: James Cook University, 14-88 McGregor Road, Smithfield QLD 4878

Our students

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

Orthodontic research

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:

  • Orthodontic tooth movement
  • Orthodontic root resorption
  • Contemporary functional appliances
  • Public health
  • Obstructive sleep apnea in children