At Smile Team Orthodontics in Illawarra, one thing is clear. The team of specialist orthodontic professionals caring for patients in the Southern Highlands believes every single one of them deserves a winning smile. No matter what age their patients are, or what orthodontic problems they present with, Smile Team Orthodontics works with, and for, their patients to achieve the very best orthodontic result.
Smile Team Orthodontics offers an extensive range of teeth straightening treatments from its four clinics. These include metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces and hidden braces, also known as Invisalign. Smile Team Orthodontics’ Invisalign expertise makes these virtually invisible aligners a very popular option for Illawarra patients. The team can also treat patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Not only does the Smile Team Orthodontics team achieve great results for their patients, they do so at an affordable cost. Flexible payment plans, 24-months interest-free and monthly instalments are just some of the payment options available to patients from the team’s four clinics in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Bowral and Wentworthville.
Dr Henry Ho
Henry completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He worked in a private general practice in Auckland before serving in the New Zealand Defence Force as a Dental Officer for three years. He then migrated to Australia to begin his post-graduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Adelaide, where he received Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics). Henry is a member of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthodontics). Henry has lectured at various professional meetings and international conferences. He was also an invited speaker at the recent conference of World Federation of Orthodontists.
Henry enjoys soccer, basketball and snowboarding. He is also a certified coach in tenpin bowling and participates in competitions.
Dr Anél Blignaut
Anél grew up in South Africa and completed her Bachelors in Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001. Following graduation, she relocated to the Netherlands where she worked in a busy private practice for 2 years. In 2005 she took a sabbatical year and travelled around the world and fell in love with Sydney during her brief visit here. She returned to Cape Town in 2006 and joined a private practice group whilst concurrently doing a 2 year Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry. At the end of 2007 Anél relocated to Cairns, Australia under a sponsorship from Queensland Health. She worked alongside an orthodontist in the School Dental Clinics and rediscovered her passion for orthodontics and improving smiles. In 2008 she completed the Australian Dental Council examinations and gained full Dental Board registration and in 2010 she completed the primary examination to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Anél was accepted into the Orthodontic program at the University of Sydney in 2012 where she received her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. She has also been awarded Membership to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and is currently a member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists and Australian Orthodontic Board. Anél loves the outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, mountaineering, scuba diving, playing with her two dogs and looks forward to getting involved with the Illawarra community.
Dr Peter Hoang
Dr Hoang is a passionate Specialist Orthodontist, with two favourite aspects of his job. The first being the transformational quality that orthodontic treatment can have and seeing people’s reactions when they see the results of the process.
Creating a beautiful smile for someone usually means they use it more! His other favourite aspect is helping treat obstructive sleep apnoea with orthodontic treatment. The effect disrupted sleep can have on someone’s health and wellbeing can be drastic. Dr Hoang particularly loves being able to help repair the situation in a local multidisciplinary team, collaborating with ENTs, dentists, sleep physicians and sleep psychologists.
Dr Peter was born and raised in Sydney, where he attended Fort Street High School. After completing high school, he travelled to Adelaide to complete his degree in Dentistry. Peter returned to Sydney to work in private practice and to tutor oral surgery students at the University of Sydney.
A pivotal figure in Dr Hoang’s career was Smile Team’s Dr Joe Geenty, who taught him his Long Orthodontic Course at the University of Sydney. It was Dr Geenty that encouraged him to become an orthodontist. Dr Hoang then went on to become a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons by examination, completed a Masters in Philosophy and a research degree on orthodontic miniscrews. Peter then went on to complete his specialist’s degree: Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics at the University of Sydney. Dr Hoang has again returned to teaching at the University, this time teaching the next generation of Orthodontists at the University of Sydney.
His hobbies include entertaining his young children and playing video games. At Smile Team, we’re so lucky to call him a member of the team, and he is hugely valued by his patients.
His achievements include BDS (Adelaide), FRACDS, MPhil (Dent Sydney), DClinDent (Orthodontics Sydney), MOrtho RCS (Edin), MRACDS (Ortho).