Orthodontics

What is an Orthodontist?

 

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed an additional three years of orthodontic study and training after working as a qualified dentist for at least two years. They focus on preventing, diagnosing and treating dental and facial irregularities to correctly straighten teeth, and align a patient’s bite and jaws. Our orthodontists are experts in providing multiple treatment options for children, teenagers and adults.

 

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Meet your orthodontist

Dinesh Sanmuganathan

Dr Dinesh Sanmuganathan

BDS(Syd) DCD(Orth)(Adel) MRACDS MOrth RCS(Edin)

Dr Dinesh completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2001 at the University of Sydney before working as a dentist in the Hunter region and Sydney as well as volunteering his services to communities overseas. After several years practicing dentistry, he returned to university and completed his Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry specialising in orthodontics at the University of Adelaide. Since then he has completed Memberships in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh as well as the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Seeing his patients enjoying their journey through orthodontic treatment and beaming at their results keeps Dr Dinesh excited about working in orthodontics.

Dr Dinesh regularly attends Australian and international orthodontic conferences to ensure his patients receive the highest quality dental care. He is a registered Orthodontic Specialist with the Dental Board of Australia and is an active member of several professional bodies:

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Invisalign® accredited Orthodontist

When he is not in the clinic, Dinesh is a keen cricketer and Wests Tigers fan who loves spending time with his young family

Meet your orthodontist

Mike Tame

Dr Alex Wenden

BDent(Hons)(Syd) MOrth(Hong Kong) MOrth RCS(Edin) BMedSci(Syd)

Dr Alex completed his dental studies at the University of Sydney, graduating with Honours in 2007. After this, he worked as a dentist treating medically-complex patients at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He then completed a three-year orthodontic specialist training program at the University of Hong Kong and simultaneously attained Membership in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, UK.

Since then Dr Alex has been privileged to work as an orthodontist both in his hometown of Sydney, as well as in Singapore.

Being able to give a patient the gift of confidence to smile is something he looks forward to doing each and every day.

Dr Alex values the importance of keeping up to date with the latest technology and research and he regularly attends local and international conferences. He is a registered Orthodontic Specialist with the Dental Board of Australia and is an active member of several professional bodies:

  • Australian Dental Association
  • European Orthodontic Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Invisalign® accredited Orthodontist

When he is not in the surgery, Dr Alex enjoys as much time snowboarding, scuba diving and trying to play golf as he can.

Meet your orthodontist

Dr Shanya Hammond

BDent(Hons)(Syd) DCD (Orth)(Syd) MRACDS AOB Cert BPharm

Dr Shanya has completed a Bachelor of Dentistry and Bachelor of Pharmacy before proceeding to complete her three year Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics at the University of Sydney. She has also completed a membership at the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Since then, she has had the privilege of working in NSW for multiple practices in orthodontics.

Orthodontics is truly her passion, and she thoroughly enjoys coming to work each day to chat to patients and provide a lifelong difference to their confidence!

Dr Shanya regularly attends both International and Australian Orthodontic Conferences as well as local Australian Orthodontic Conferences. She is a registered Orthodontic Specialist with the Dental Board of Australia and is an active member of several professional bodies:

  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS)
  • Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO)
  • Australian Dental Association (ADA)
  • Invisalign® accredited Orthodontist
  • Incognito® accredited Orthodontist

When she is not in the surgery, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her little puppy who keeps her thoroughly entertained! She enjoys travelling both locally and internationally and playing sport when she gets the chance!

Meet your orthodontist

Dr Albert Leung

BDS Hons (Syd) D Clin Dent (Adel) MOrth RCS (Edin)

Dr Albert completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery with honours at the University of Sydney. Following graduation, he spent five years practicing general dentistry.

Dr Albert’s interest in orthodontics developed while undertaking continuing dental education courses. Following this passion, he completed a three year postgraduate orthodontic specialist program at The University of Adelaide. He also successfully completed the examinations for the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons and the Edinburgh Membership in Orthodontics.

Dr Albert enjoys providing orthodontic treatment not just in the form of braces, but also early intervention, jaw surgery and InvisalignⓇ.

Dr Albert recognises that as a clinician it is imperative to continually learn and ensure his patients receive the best standard of orthodontic care. To do so, he regularly attends a range of local, national and international orthodontic conferences as well as online webinars.

Dr Albert is also an active member of several professional bodies, including:

    • The Dental Board of Australia (AHPRA)
    • Australian Dental Association (ADA)
    • World Federation of Orthodontists
    • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
    • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    • Invisalign® accredited Orthodontist

Outside of the practice, Dr Albert enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters and his ‘Covid’ puppy. His family are currently settling into the Illawarra region after recently moving from Melbourne, and are enjoying exploring all that the area has to offer.