|Last updated: Tuesday 12th May
The World Health Organisation has declared COVID 19 a global pandemic. Your specialist orthodontist is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation and following the advice of the Australian Government and local health authorities.
As of Friday 8th May, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPCC) and the Australian Dental Association has advised that dentistry as a whole – including the specialist field of orthodontics – is able to practice under Level 1 restrictions.
At Level 1 restrictions, orthodontists are able to provide all treatments using standard safety precautions. This means that the majority of appointments will be able to be completed, pending appointment and safety equipment availability at your local orthodontist.
However, if you are currently suffering symptoms of COVID-19, are deemed as moderate-to-high risk or have had contact with a confirmed case, it is recommended that your treatment is deferred until you have cleared testing. Urgent or emergency care can be administered, but please advise your orthodontist upon making your appointment so the appropriate precautions can be followed.
Please get in touch with your treating orthodontist to check on any changes to your next appointment and treatment plan in the coming weeks.
While many orthodontic offices are opening again, the wider pandemic crisis is not completely passed and there are still a number of health and safety measures that you’ll be required to follow.
Are there any considerations about orthodontic treatment in this time?
Some things you can do to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus throughout the community include:
Many orthodontic clinics are taking additional precautions to protect the community, to aid reduction of the spread of disease. Some practices may still be closed or only seeing emergencies – please check with your orthodontist.
Individuals undergoing treatment with clear aligners may be able to reschedule their appointments to a later date and have their aligners posted to them to enable continued progression of their orthodontic treatment .
Some orthodontic practices offer teledentistry – whereby you are able to communicate and obtain advice regarding the progress of your treatment via apps, emails and video conferencing. Please contact your clinician for any further information.
Your health and safety is their number one priority so ensure you speak to your orthodontist about any concerns you may have.
As each orthodontic practice is different, we ask that you get in touch with your treating orthodontist to understand their policies and what is best for your treatment plan.