About Us

Welcome to Manly Orthodontics!

Manly Orthodontics is a boutique orthodontic practice that provides progressive and comprehensive Orthodontic care for patients of all ages in the Manly Warringah community. We have a strong focus on clinical excellence and patient experience and each patient is treated by a Specialist Orthodontist from start to finish.
Straight smiles for all ages.

What is an Orthodontist?

Metal braces 1An Orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. All orthodontists are fully qualified dentists who then complete an additional three years of postgraduate study at university in orthodontics (tooth movement) and dento-facial orthopedics (facial growth and modification). This allows them to take a holistic approach to treatment and to personalise care specifically to your needs, taking into consideration many factors like age and lifestyle that may be missed by someone whom has not had specialist training.

To be registered as an orthodontist in Australia the following qualifications and registrations must be obtained.

  • Bachelor degree in Dentistry (a 5 year full-time University course)
  • Doctorate degree in Orthodontics (a 3 year full-time University course)
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


Meet the Orthodontist

DR Anel Blignaut - Manly OrthodontistDr. Anél Blignaut was born and raised in Newcastle, South Africa. She completed her Bachelors in Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Stellenbosch as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry from the University of the Western Cape.

Following graduation in 2001, she worked in a dental practice in the Netherlands for two years after which she took a sabbatical year and traveled around the world. She fell in love with Sydney during her brief visit here and at the end of 2007 relocated to Cairns, Australia. She worked alongside an orthodontist in the School Dental Clinics and rediscovered her passion for orthodontics and improving smiles.

Anél pursued her interest and completed her specialist training as an orthodontist at the University of Sydney, simultaneously obtaining Membership to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and certification by the Australian Orthodontic Board. She is currently a member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the Australian Dental Association,​ the Manly Warringah Dental Study Group, and is the treasurer for the Sydney Orthodontic Alumni.

Her orthodontic treatment includes both children and adults with an emphasis on achieving facial and dental harmony. Her focus is on clinical excellence and she provides a wide range of orthodontic treatment including aesthetic and invisible appliances such as the Lingual braces (Incognito) and Invisalign. She is very approachable and is always happy to answer any questions or concerns regarding early orthodontic intervention.

Anél is an associate with a large orthodontic practice, Smile Team Orthodontics, in the Illawarra district where she works part time when not attending to her patients in Manly.

She has a real love of the Northern Beaches and can be found most afternoons walking her dogs along any of the beautiful walks in the area. On weekends she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, catching up with friends or sampling the local eateries.