Orthodontics Australia is the Australian Society of Orthodontists’ (ASO) public information and advice channel.
Orthodontics Australia is on hand to help consumers understand their orthodontic treatment options, the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist, and to find the most qualified specialist practitioners providing orthodontic care in their area.
Orthodontics Australia is an impartial organisation, with no financial interest in any orthodontic companies or techniques. Its aim is to help patients to understand their treatment options and their rights when considering or undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Whether you’re considering orthodontic treatment, looking for a registered specialist orthodontist or want more information about the results you can expect to see along the way, the reliable and accurate resources found on the Orthodontics Australia website will give you the confidence to take the next steps to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
About the Australian Society of Orthodontists
The Australian Society of Orthodontists is the peak body for orthodontics in Australia, and is an organisation committed to maintaining high ethical and professional standards amongst orthodontists, to the benefit of the dental health of all Australians.
All members of the Australian Society of Orthodontists are registered specialists, so you can be confident that your ASO orthodontist is appropriately accredited through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
History of the ASO
Formed in 1927, members of the Australian Society of Orthodontists have been creating better smiles for patients of all ages for over 90 years.
In 1950, the ASO was reorganised to establish state branches and to develop an affiliation with the Australian Dental Association (ADA), allowing both bodies to work collaboratively to ensure the best patient care across the country.
Throughout its history, the ASO and it’s members have been committed to providing the best orthodontic care for patients, in line with the most recent research and scientific developments in the field.
Through its Foundation for Orthodontic Research and Education supporting orthodontic research in Australian Universities, biennial Congress, and biannual scientific journal publication, the ASO continues its commitment to excellence in orthodontic treatment.
About the Australasian Orthodontic Board
The Australasian Orthodontic Board (AOB) was established in March 1993 to offer a unique peer review program for specialists, providing a voluntary certification process which placed an emphasis on orthodontists’ continuing education.
It was renamed the Australasian Orthodontic Board in 2006 following an agreement with the New Zealand Orthodontic Society to allow approved overseas orthodontists to participate in the AOB.
AOB members continue to participate in ongoing peer review of their orthodontic treatment to ensure they are always up to date with the latest orthodontic practices. This system has been designed to be utilised by students and experienced practitioners alike to ensure a consistent standard of care that prioritises excellence and education throughout the industry.
Australian Foundation for Orthodontic Research & Education
The ASO Foundation for Research and Education was founded in 1961 following a generous donation from prominent Melbourne orthodontist, Dr J. Stanley Wilkinson.
The foundation provides funding and teaching support to every Australian university course teaching post-graduate orthodontics. Grants and donations to students and members are used to fund and encourage orthodontic research.
This allows the Foundation to promote best practices in orthodontics via a number of initiatives including national meetings held every two years.
ASO’s charitable arm – Give A Smile™
Established in 2004, Give A Smile™ is the ASO’s charitable arm. Participating ASO members volunteer to treat patients from public orthodontic waiting lists in Australia on a pro-bono basis.
Currently approximately 60 per cent of ASO members participate in this initiative and more than 1,500 patients have received treatment under the program to date.
Give A Smile™ has enabled hundreds of children in lower income families to access orthodontic treatments that would otherwise have been out of reach, saving the public health system an estimated $10million in the process.
The commitment of the participating practitioners has transformed and empowered children, giving them the confidence to live their best lives.