Dr Lesley Short

Specialist Orthodontist since 1994

Orthodontic services from a internationally experienced specialist

Dr Lesley Short is an ADB specialist orthodontist with over 20 years experience, having trained and worked in Australia, Canada and the USA. Lesley offers a wide range of orthodontic services and products including (almost) invisible Incognito braces and Invisalign.  She has successfully helped thousands of adults and children improve their smiles.  As a mother of three children who have all had orthodontic treatment, she has a reputation for helping children feel at ease.

This website has been created to give accurate information and contact details for Dr Lesley Short. At the bottom of the page we have answered some common questions about Orthodontics and Orthodontists, which we hope you find useful..  You can also find Lesley’s latest news and views on her personal page, here.

Dr Lesley Short recently published a video about the importance of choosing a properly qualified orthodontist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrr8ukMssQs

For more in-depth information about braces, serial aligners and headgear why not visit our company website?  You can find case studies showing actual results achieved by Lesley, and you can explore the range of braces, including invisible options and other specialist techniques. Are rapid results important to you? Have a look at Dr Short’s  work in accelerated osteogenics. For some people,  Lesley may be able to reduce treatment time with braces to as low as 8 months, that is a reduction of 66% compared to regular treatment which takes about 2 years.

To visit Lesley in Noosa or Rockhampton, call 07 5447 5040  to book an appointment. If you prefer us to contact you, simply fill in the form, below.

Call 07 5447 5040 for an appointment in Noosa or Rockhampton

Noosa Clinic


Visit Lesley Short at Sunshine Coast Orthodontics, situated in Tewantin.

We have plenty of customer parking at our clinic in Poinciana Ave. Alternatively there is public transport the complex, with services from Noosaville, Noosa Heads , Noosa Junction and the eastern beaches.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please call us on 07 5447 5040 or email us using the contact form below.




Rockhampton Clinic


Dr Short operates a clinic in Rockhampton which can be more convenient for people who live in the Capricorn Coast and  Central Highlands.  She offers the full range of orthodontic treatments including braces, Invisalign® and Incognito™.

Lesley is rapidly gaining a reputation in Rockhampton as someone who works well with kids and teens, especially as she is a mother of three grown up kids, who all had orthodontics treatment.

You can visit Lesley  at  Capricornia Dental, 167 Berserker St, North Rockhampton. For appointments in Rockhampton, call  07 5447 5040


Frequently Asked Questions

We have answered some common questions about braces and orthodontics here. For more information on the types of treatments available, including average costs, then please go to our practice website ‘Sunshine Coast Orthodontics‘.  Alternatively if you would like to book an initial consultation, or find out more please call us on 07 5447 5040.   You can book appointments in Noosa or Rockhampton on the same number. You can also fill in the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Contact us on 07 5447 5040 or email us using this form

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What is a Specialist Orthodontist?

 What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? An orthodontist is a dentist that has trained and specialised in the field of orthodontics.  In Australia, the Australian Dental Board,   has to be satisfied that the orthodontist has gained the required qualifications and experience before they are able to use the title ‘Specialist Orthodontist’.  As a Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Lesley Short has completed over 5,000 hours in orthodontic training, compared to the standard 20-30 hours of orthodontics covered in general dentistry training.  She has been working only as a Specialist Orthodontist for over two decades, and opened her practice in Noosa in 2012, servicing people from all over the Sunshine Coast and as far away as Hervey Bay, Queensland.  Lesley also operates a clinic in Rockhampton.

Why would you see an orthodontist?

There are many possible reasons why someone would seek the help of an orthodontist.  Apart from the cosmetic side of having a beautiful smile, orthodontic treatment can help address issues such as teeth grinding and difficulties eating or speaking. Orthodontists specialise in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws. The technical term for these problems is malocclusion, which literally means bad bite. Common problems treated by Orthodontists include:

  • Wide gaps between the teeth
  • Misaligned or crooked teeth
  • Impaired speech or eating
  • Reduced long-term health of gums and teeth
  • Teeth grinding (or Bruxism)
  • Excessive wear or trauma of the teeth.

The underlying cause of the malocclusion may be misaligned jaws rather than teeth.  Early intervention with children can help address jaw misalignment, although jaw surgery may be required in adults.

Can I get invisible braces? How much do they cost?
Many people believe that Invisalign® aligners are braces. In fact, they are an alternative to braces similar to a mouthguard. Invisalign® can be suitable in cases where small to moderate change is required.  Another alternative to traditional braces is the use ofIncognito lingual braces or the use of mini implants to move individual teeth. Dr Lesley is skilled and experienced in the use of these alternatives  and techniques which can provide the best solution for your specific needs. For more information on braces, please visit our company website