After graduating from Ankara University Dental School in 1999, Dr. Elif Gündüz studied orthodontics at the University of Vienna Dental School Department of Orthodontics. She worked on a range of different scientific projects as a guest researcher until 2015 at the same department. During her specialization in orthodontics at the University of Vienna, she gained expert knowledge on periodontology and oral surgery.
Dr. Elif Gündüz was the first in Turkey and Austria who has had a sports and team dentist certification. She has been very active as one of the two founding members of the Austrian Society for Sports Dentistry and Medicine (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Sport Zahnmedizin und Medizin) in Salzburg. Dr Gündüz is still active as the general secretary / vice president of the Austrian Society.
Since 2012 Dr Gündüz is the active member of the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD) , Illinois USA. Dr Gündüz is a team dentist with the ASD team dentist certification.
Dr. Gündüz is the active board member at the European Association for Sports Dentistry (EA4SD), in France. She is the Liaison of both of the organizations; ASD and EA4SD as actively representing EA4SD at ASD and ASD at EA4SD.
From 2013 until 2015 Dr. Gündüz worked as the sponsor team dentist of the Boğaziçi University Boğaziçi Sultans American Football Team. She sponsored custom dentist made mouthguard for the team players and donated her clinical practice time as the team dentist. She is still in cooperation with the team as the consultant dentist.
Dr. Gündüz has a private practice in Istanbul since 2007. Between 2012- 2019 with the cooperation of Melek Erman Köni (MEK)- Mother and Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) she treated 90 children in need of help by providing free of charge dental and orthodontic treatments in her practice. Istanbul Bosporus Rotary Club and its members also supported this project between 2016-2017. Because of her on going approaches and efforts in developing dental health and education of the children; Dr. Gündüz has been nominated by AÇEV-MEK Education Centre to the Turkey’s Change Maker Project 2015 of the Sabancı Foundation as Turkey’s Change Maker.
Dr Elif Gündüz is an active international lecturer. She has published many scientific articles and lectured in Turkish, German and English. She has lectured sports dentistry and orthodontics in Paris, Toronto, San Francisco, Vienna, Dubai, İzmir, Antalya , Prishtine and Istanbul.
Her clinical practice interest areas are::
- • Pediatric Dentistry
- • Adult Dentistry
- • Child and Adult Orthodontic Treatments
- • Sports Dentistry- Preventive Dentistry
- • Esthetic Dentistry
- • Implant Dentistry
- • Orthodontics Combined with Maxillofacial Surgery
- • Postural Malposition, Malocclusion and TMJ Function and Pain Treatments