We’re specialist orthodontists in Auckland
Why use a specialist orthodontist?
In New Zealand, dentists are permitted to provide some very basic orthodontic treatments. When it comes to understanding growth for children, perfecting jaw positions and placing teeth in their correct place, patients are recommended to see a specialist orthodontist. Orthodontists use braces, Invisalign, other clear aligner systems and plates for children to carry this out.
While equipped with the training to do so, a specialist orthodontist does not normally carry out other dental treatment (e.g. fillings or extractions) and specialise in doing orthodontics.
A specialist orthodontist is a dentist with three additional years of full-time training at university. Equivalent to thousands of hours of orthodontic research and education.
During this speciality training, they attends over 5500 hours of orthodontics lectures, seminars and clinical sessions.
Dr Mo Al-Dujaili and Dr Azza Al-Ani are locally trained orthodontic specialists in Auckland, at four convenient locations – Epsom, Takapuna, Warkworth and Howick.
With 20+ years collective experience in their careers, they are highly qualified specialist orthodontists, and are fantastic at what they do.
After completing a year in Health Sciences, and later physiotherapy, he qualified as a dentist in New Zealand. He spent the next four years working alongside his father in Sydney where he practised general dentistry. Mo then returned to Dunedin to specialise, gaining his specialist degree - Clinical Doctorate in Orthodontics from the University of Otago.
During the three years of specialist training, Mo had the privilege of learning from the best. The combined clinical and academic acumen of professors, doctors and staff provided an invaluable experience.
Meanwhile, Mo published and presented significant research and clinical cases at both national and international forums, including the International Association of Dental Research, the Australasian Begg Society of Orthodontics, the European Orthodontic Society and the New Zealand Dental Association conference.
A firm believer in maintaining high clinical standards, Mo successfully completed further examinations to become affiliated with the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Sydney).
Mo is currently a part time senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists and also holds professional memberships with the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists, the New Zealand Dental Association and American Association of Orthodontists.
He has also been involved in the supervising and lecturing of students at the Auckland University of Technology.
Outside of work, Mo enjoys the precious time with his young family and the outdoors. He especially loves mountain biking, running, fishing, diving and, in winter, snowboarding.
Traveling along with his best friend and wife (Azza) around the world has also been a big part of Mo's life.
In 2009, Azza graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Credit from the University of Otago.
She worked as a dental house surgeon at Auckland, Greenlane and Middlemore Hospitals; and as a dental officer at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital.
In 2012, she completed the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) primary examinations.
Before commencing her specialist training, she held a part-time Professional Practice Fellow position at the Faculty of Dentistry, while working as a dentist in private practice.
In 2016, Azza graduated from the University of Otago with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. She passed examinations to gain memberships into the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
She is also certified with the Australasian Orthodontic Board, and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists, and the New Zealand Dental Association.
Azza’s area of research interest is hypodontia.
She has presented about this topic at the European Orthodontic Society Congress, and at the International Association Dental Research ANZ Scientific Meeting, and has been involved in the publication of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Outside of work, Azza loves spending time with her son and Mo (her husband), socialising with family and friends, overseas travel, and tries to keep up with Mo mountain biking.
Caring for our community
Shakespeare Orthodontics supports numerous local clubs and societies. If you know of a sports team that needs sponsorship drop us a line – we would love to hear from you!
The smallest actions can make a big difference.
We are a completely paper free practice, meaning no paper wastage.
At the end of every day all equipment is turned off. We purchase carbon offset credits where available for the preservation of our beautiful forests and environment.
If any paper or cardboard boxes arrive into the practices, we make sure that these are recycled.
We minimise the use of water while complying with the highest standards of cleanliness & hygiene, observing the NZDC Infection Control Guidelines.
Shakespeare Orthodontics is proud to be actively involved with our community.
We realise the importance of sporting and cultural activities during adolescence, hence providing sponsorships to numerous sports clubs and local schools.
Shakespeare Orthodontics sponsors the following schools:
Carmel College, Westlake Boys’ High School, Westlake Girls’ High Schools, Rosmini College, Takapuna Normal Intermediate School, Takapuna College, Northcote Intermediate, Birkenhead College and others.
Orthodontists charge an extra fee if braces are broken due to eating hard things.
We do things a little differently.
At our clinics, the breakage charges (if they occur) are donated on your behalf to a number of New Zealand charities e.g.
Auckland City Mission, Starship Children’s Hospital, Westpac Rescue Chopper and others…
In summary, breaking appliances and lack of care prolong the treatment time considerably. The best orthodontic outcomes are achieved when the patient and specialist orthodontist work together.
You break, you donate!
Shakespeare Orthodontics are proud to support the New Zealand Association of Orthodontics charitable trust: Wish For A Smile
This trust provides specialist orthodontic treatment to young New Zealanders who would not otherwise be able to access orthodontic treatment. Dr Mo Al-Dujaili and Dr Azza Al-Ani are specialist orthodontists that have been offering orthodontic treatment for children through the Wish For A Smile Trust for years.
Know anyone that would benefit?
Jump on the New Zealand Association of Orthodontics website today and find out more.