Coronavirus update for Give a Smile patients
All Give a Smile orthodontists have been closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and following the advice of the Australian Government and local health authorities.
Orthodontists, like all health professionals, have been doing their part to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and to ‘flatten the curve’ by either restricting or stopping practice and increasing patient safety protocols.
The Give a Smile program provides orthodontic care to children and young people in genuine need of treatment, but for whom specialist orthodontic care is normally out of reach.
There are currently approximately 250 Give a Smile patients in “active treatment” across the country. Active treatment is the term used to describe the stage of orthodontic treatment when teeth are being moved and/or jaws aligned with the use of an appliance, for example, braces.
All Give a Smile patients currently in active treatment have received information from their orthodontist in relation to COVID-19. In addition, you can find up-to-date news about the impact of COVID-19 on orthodontic practices and helpful resources for patients on the Orthodontics Australia website.
While restrictions may have eased, many orthodontic clinics are taking additional precautions to protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Before attending your next scheduled orthodontic appointment, please ensure you are familiar with the practice’s health and safety policies and procedures. It may be a good idea to call ahead and check whether there are different procedures for appointments.
Your health and safety is their number one priority, so ensure you speak to your orthodontist about any concerns you may have.
If you have a scheduled appointment coming up with your orthodontist and you exhibit symptoms including a fever, dry cough or sore throat, please contact the practice to reschedule your appointment.
If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, please contact your Give a Smile orthodontist.