Coronavirus update

UPDATE (30th September 2020)

VIC update: The Victorian Government and the Australian Dental Association (Vic Branch) have advised that practices can recommence non-urgent services in metropolitan Melbourne. If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you should be contacted shortly to book in your appointment. Most orthodontists have been triaging their patients based on the urgency of their needs and their original appointment date, so if you are experiencing any issues that may be affecting your treatment (including broken brackets, missing appliances, or severe pain and discomfort) please get in touch with your orthodontist. Otherwise, rest assured they will be working hard to see everyone as quickly and safely as they can. COVID-safe policies, including hand sanitising and physical distancing will be strictly enforced so check in with the practice ahead of your appointment to understand their specific guidelines.

Please also take care to follow the general guidelines below to help keep your family and our communities safe and note that there may be enhanced screening or precautions in place, so it is best to call ahead to confirm your practice’s policies.

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:

  • 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 coming 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

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.

Click here to learn how to look after your braces if you cannot see your orthodontist.

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