Manly Orthodontics

About Us

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

We are above Garfish Restaurant and our patients get to enjoy the beautiful views over the harbour when they come to their appointments.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who first completed a university degree in dentistry and then specialised in orthodontics (tooth movement) and dento-facial orthopaedics (facial growth and modification). That is why an orthodontist is the best person to not only straighten crooked teeth and fix bad bites, but also align the jaws correctly.

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Meet the Orthodontist

Dr. Anél Blignaut

Specialist Orthodontist
BChD (Stell), PPD Clin Dent (UWC), DClinDent (Syd), MRACDS (Ortho)

Dr. Anél Blignaut

Specialist Orthodontist
BChD (Stell), PPD Clin Dent (UWC),
DClinDent (Syd), MRACDS (Ortho)

Dr. Anél Blignaut was born and raised in South Africa and completed her dental degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. After working in Cape Town and then the Netherlands for a few years, she took a sabbatical year to travel the world. In 2007 she moved to Cairns to work for Queensland Health and fell in love with Australia.

Anél rediscovered her passion for orthodontics and improving smiles whilst working alongside an orthodontist in the School Dental Clinics and decided to pursue her interest. She completed her specialist training as an orthodontist at the University of Sydney in 2014, simultaneously obtaining Membership to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and certification by the Australian Orthodontic Board.

In 2015, she took over the long-standing orthodontic practice in Manly and immediately settled into the wonderful lifestyle that the Northern Beaches has to offer. Anél continues being an integral part of the orthodontic society and served as the treasurer for the Sydney Orthodontic Alumni for 6 years. She is currently the president of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the Vice President of the Manly Warringah Dental Study Group, and a committee member for the Community Information Committee in charge of the Orthodontics Australia website and social media pages.

Anél continues to enjoy learning more about her profession and attends yearly conferences and clinical days, participate in digital forums discussing clinical cases, lectures at local study groups and is a Honorary Clinical Educator at the University of Sydney’s Orthodontic Department.

Anél is very approachable, takes great care in ensuring that her patients are well informed about their treatment and has a strong focus on clinical excellence. Most importantly, she loves what she does! For her, there is no better reward than seeing a happy smile at the end of an orthodontic treatment.

Meet the Team

Katy is our lovely Treatment Coordinator and she is there to help and support each patient through their orthodontic journey. She had her braces treatment done here at Manly Orthodontics and loved coming here so much, she is now coming in every day. She understands the nerves and excitement that comes with deciding to have orthodontic treatment done and is absolutely perfect for supporting and guiding our patients through their journey! Katy always has cat scratches and bike chain grease on her ankles and when Katy’s not working, she has salty hair from the sea. She also loves Ted Lasso.

Bella is our Clinical Coordinator and has gained a wealth of knowledge in orthodontics since she started working at Manly Orthodontics in 2021 by completing both her Certificate 3 In Dental Assisting and Infection Control as well as her Certificate 4 in Dental Radiology. She is a very kind, nurturing and caring person and takes great care of our patients. She is also very organised and ensures that we always have everything we need to provide excellent care to our patients.

Bella loves spending time with her family and has a variety of pets! She loves an adrenaline rush and doesn’t mind jumping out of planes or going for bike rides with her little brother.

Brianna is really sweet and friendly and is always willing to lend a hand and assist our patients as best she can in their journey to achieve their dream smiles. Brianna assists Dr Anél in the clinic with patients and she is also in charge of ensuring that all the lab work gets done before our patients’ next appointment. She is always eager to learn new skills and techniques and is currently doing her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting. Having had braces herself in the past, she is a great support to those currently undertaking the journey of straightening their teeth.

When she is not at work, Brianna likes to go camping and spending time with her family and friends! She also loves long walks on the beach.

Angela is our Senior Receptionist and Financial Coordinator and she is here to welcome you on your visits to Manly Orthodontics. Angela has her daughter and son currently in treatment with us and has been so happy with her experience with our team, she decided to join our team!

Angela has a history of Office Management and also many years working with her husband on their businesses in hospitality. She is great at multi-tasking, which comes naturally for a mom that is running around after 3 kids.

Angela loves a social catch-up with good friends, and spending time and taking care of her family. You’ll often see her screaming at the sidelines of her kids football games.

She is warm and welcoming, loves people and is looking forward to seeing the progress in your orthodontic journey!

Jacky retired in 2023, but you will still see her from time to time helping out and coming in for a catchup when one of the team takes a well deserved break. Jacky used to be our practice manager and has been with the practice since 2001 when it was still owned by Dr Smyth. She is a very caring and supportive person and makes sure that no one is forgotten at Manly Orthodontics. Her knowledge of orthodontics and running the practice is fantastic and she knows how to make our patients feel right at home. She loves going to the movies, dining with friends and gardening.