About The Orthodontic Specialists

Family-focused orthodontist in Launceston, Devonport and Burnie

Why choose us?

At The Orthodontic Specialists, we care about your smile and your oral health. From our 3 clinics in Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, our experienced orthodontists provide tailored treatments for teenagers and adults to address your individual needs using the latest procedures and technologies.

Over 30 years experience

Our specialist orthodontists Dr Tony V. Stankevicius (“Dr Stan”) and Dr David Peters each have more than 3 decades of experience helping people to improve their smiles and correct a wide range of orthodontic problems. Our clinic is QIP accredited and we're committed to continually updating our knowledge and technologies.

Personalised treatments

Orthodontics is more than braces. If you prefer a more discreet alternative to traditional braces to suit your lifestyle, we can assess your suitability for Invisalign®, incognito braces and more options that will be less visible on your teeth.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the specialist field of dentistry that deals with the alignment of teeth and jaws. If your teeth are crooked, stick out, have gaps or don't touch together properly, this can affect how you look and the way you speak, which can affect your self-esteem. It could also have consequences for your oral health and overall health and wellbeing in several ways.

Crooked or misaligned teeth can be harder to keep clean, which can increase your risk of bad breath, tooth decay and other dental problems. They can also make it harder to eat certain foods, affecting your diet and nutrition.

A bad bite (overbite, underbite or crossbite) can strain on your teeth or jaw, causing excessive wear to your teeth or problems with your jaw joints. Teeth that stick out are more vulnerable to damage when playing sports or falling over.

Orthodontic treatment uses braces, aligners or other systems to gradually move the teeth and jaws into their correct position. Depending on your individual situation, the time it takes to complete orthodontic treatment can be anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. Our orthodontists will give you all the information you need and answer any questions you have during your consultation and assessment.

What's the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Orthodontists specialise in preventing, diagnosing and treating problems related to the alignment of teeth and jaws. While some dentists train to provide orthodontic treatments, they will refer you to an orthodontist if you have a more complex orthodontic issue that requires specialist knowledge.

Both dentists and orthodontists complete a dental degree at university, but a registered orthodontist has completed a further 3 years of full-time training to become an expert in their field. This equips them with the knowledge and experience needed to accurately assess patients' needs and to develop and supervise their personal treatment plan.

Dentists and orthodontists work together to help you maintain good oral health and lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other dental disease. It's important to keep up with your regular dental check-ups while you're having orthodontic treatment, as dental problems can extend the treatment time or affect your outcome.

How much does orthodontics cost?

The cost of braces and other orthodontic treatments is different for everyone, as it depends on the type of treatment you choose, how much straightening or correction is needed and other factors. We'll give you a quote for different treatment options after we complete your orthodontic assessment.

Orthodontic treatment is not usually covered by health insurance, but we have a choice of flexible finance options to help you spread the cost across more manageable payments, including interest-free options.