Bendigo Orthodontist

Central Victorian

Providing specialist orthodontic care to the people of Bendigo and surrounding regions.

No referral necessary

Welcome to Central Victorian Orthodontics

Offering up to date, evidence-based treatment in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Established at 147 St Aidans Road, Central Victorian Orthodontics aims to provide for your family’s orthodontic needs for many years to come.

We understand that undertaking orthodontic treatment can seem a daunting task, both from a time commitment and financial standpoint. We therefore aim to make this process as stress free and easy as possible. Our focus is on the patient and understanding their goals and wishes for treatment.

Following a thorough diagnostic process, we will then take the time to outline all treatment options available and help guide the decision-making process with the aim of tailoring the treatment plan to the individual.

Catering for patients of all ages, there’s never been a better time to explore your orthodontic options!




Early Intervention

Early diagnosis and treatment in certain cases can help prevent more complicated orthodontic issues from developing.

Metal & Ceramic Braces

Often referred to as ‘traditional’ or ‘conventional’ braces, they are just as relevant and effective today as they have always been.

Clear Aligners

Offering an aesthetic and practically invisible way to straighten your teeth, using a series of clear removable plastic trays that fit over the teeth.

Surgical Orthodontics

Corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe and for improved facial appearances.


Following any form of orthodontic treatment, regardless of the appliance used, patients will be issued with retainers.

Book a consultation

Call (03) 5442 1335 or email us at

Meet our Orthodontist

Dr Bethany Cunning

  • Girton Grammar School 2009 Alumni – equal Dux
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry, La Trobe University (Bendigo) – Highest weighted average mark of 2014 graduating cohort
  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics), The University of Melbourne – First Class Honours
  • Australasian Orthodontic Board Certified
  • Elsdon Storey Research Merit Award 2021

I understand how much having a great smile can increase a person’s self-confidence and change the way others perceive them. Being a part of my patient’s journey to achieving their dream smile and seeing their self-esteem grow is what I value most.

I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my patients on a personal level and creating connections with entire families, hopefully for multiple generations!

I aim to ensure my patients and their carers are fully informed both before and during treatment and encourage them to ask as many questions as they like. I enjoy being hands on with my patients’ care and aim to create a friendly and approachable environment to ensure patients are comfortable raising any concerns or queries.

Knowing how daunting and scary dental treatment can be, I will always endeavour to put patients at ease and support them through the process of achieving their dream smile!

Central Victorian Orthodontics caters for patients of all ages.


Early Intervention

Early intervention or ‘interceptive’ treatment is undertaken, only if and when it is appropriate, and we are happy to assess a patient as soon as the parent/guardian or referring dentist identifies a possible issue.

We do not aim to interfere with natural processes unnecessarily but if there is an issue where we can potentially alter the outcome and reduce the long-term treatment burden, we will discuss such treatment options with you.

Early treatment often involves habit cessation appliances, extraction of deciduous (‘baby’) teeth and the use of space maintainers and expanders. Headgear can also be employed to utilise any remaining growth the patient may have to correct a developing malocclusion.


Metal & Ceramic Braces

Both metal and ceramic (‘clear’) braces are available and in a day and age obsessed with plastic, are just as relevant and effective as they have ever been!

They require less patient compliance by being fixed to the teeth but this does mean patients must be very diligent with their cleaning practices throughout treatment in order to maintain the health of their teeth and gums.

Braces can be used in conjunction with other auxiliary appliances, such as elastics, Forsus, temporary anchorage devices (TADs) and many forms of cantilever springs. If such auxiliary appliances are needed, they will be outlined and explained prior to treatment.


Clear Aligners

For older patients with higher aesthetic demands, clear aligner treatment is available. This utilises clear plastic trays that are sequentially worn to move the teeth over time.

The orthodontist will digitally plan the movement of teeth using the patient’s own intra-oral scan. This means that each set of aligners is unique to the individual and ensures a comfortable and precise fit over their teeth.

High levels of compliance are required. If the aligners are not in the mouth, the teeth are not moving! Although not necessarily suitable in all cases, our orthodontist will be happy to discuss whether this is an appropriate option for you.


Surgical Orthodontics

For more complex cases where a patient’s bite cannot be corrected with tooth movement alone or where, in doing so, their facial appearance will be negatively impacted, an orthodontic treatment plan involving jaw surgery may be required.

In such cases, the orthodontist will work closely with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to precisely plan your tooth and jaw movements.

Jaw surgery is not considered something to be undertaken lightly and the risks versus benefit will be thoroughly discussed prior to commencing any such treatment.



On removal of appliances, patients will be provided with a set of retainers. These can come in the form of removable plates or wires fixed to the inside surface of the front teeth or a combination of both.

Regular, long-term use of retainers aims to ensure your smile stays as straight as the day you finished treatment!

Oral Health Care

Interdisciplinary management may also be required in some cases and we are more than happy to work in conjunction with your general dentist or other dental specialist to plan and facilitate your overall oral health care.

In such cases, we value the opinion and expertise of others whilst keeping the patient’s preferences front of mind. All patients are instructed to continue having regular check-ups and cleans with their general dentist throughout their course of orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic appointments are not a substitute for the ongoing care and maintenance provided by your general dentist.



See how much orthodontics can change your appearance! Check out some of our treatments in the before and after gallery.