Coronavirus update: Should I still see my orthodontist?

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.

At this point in time, you are still able to attend your scheduled orthodontic appointment, unless advised otherwise by your treating clinician.

Australian dental practices follow one of the most strictly regulated infection control regimes in the world and the safety of all staff and patients is paramount.

How can I continue to receive orthodontic treatment during this time?

Some things you can do to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus throughout the community include:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly before and after entering the clinic.  Some orthodontic practices are providing alcohol hand sanitisers at reception or at check in counters, which should be used when entering and when you have completed your appointment
  • Avoid combing to your appointment early or late to reduce the number of people in the waiting room.
  • Only bring essential accompanying adults to your appointment to avoid unnecessary risk or ask your parent/guardian to wait for you in your vehicle
  • Ensure you reschedule your appointment if you or anyone from your household have returned from travel within the past 14 days
  • Reschedule your appointment if you or a family member is currently feeling unwell, have a temperature or are experiencing any respiratory symptoms

 

Despite the implementation of strict infection control procedures, many orthodontic clinics are taking additional precautions to protect the community, to aid reduction of the spread of disease. To be socially responsible, some practices are rescheduling, at short notice, all non-essential appointments such as retainer checks.

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.

Use our finder tool to locate a specialist orthodontist near you.

Last updated: Monday 23 March

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