27th Mar, 2020
Orthoclinic will temporarily shutdown its orthodontic clinic in Manuka effective from Friday 27 March.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Comittee (AHPPC) comprised of all state and territory Chief Health Officers and chaired by the Australian Chief Medical Officer has provided the following recommendations:
“…. that all dental practices implement Level 3 restrictions as outlined in the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) Managing COVID-19 Guidance document. That is, dentist should only perform dental treatments that do not generate aerosols, or where treatment generating aerosols is limited. All routine examinations and treatment should be deferred.”
The ADA’s Managing COVID-19 Guidance document does not include orthodontic treatment in Level 3 restrictions and therefore, Orthoclinic must no longer see patients until the restrictions are lowered to Level 2 or less.
What does this mean for my next orthodontic appointment ?
We plan on reappointing all current appointments to delay them by 6 weeks. You will be informed of your new appointment time and date by email and SMS. If the time provided is not suitable, please contact us on 02 6295 2005 to change this appointment.
What if I have a problem with my braces while Orthoclinic is in shutdown ?
Reception will be contactable by phone (02 6295 2005) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) during normal business hours Monday-Friday during this shutdown period. We will triage orthodontic issues in accordance with the Level 3 restrictions and provide assistance accordingly.
How does this impact my orthodontic treatment progression ?
Any delay in your next orthodontic treatment appointment will simply add further treatment time to your overall treatment. This only becomes problematic if your oral hygiene is not adequate, which can lead to dental decay. For those patients with braces, please ensure that tooth brushing is performed for 2 minutes after morning and evening meals at a minimum.
What about my scheduled direct debit payments for treatment ?
Orthoclinic has paused all direct debit scheduled payments for the month of April 2020. It is not our intention to charge you for treatment we are not able to deliver.
When will you reopen ?
When dental practice restrictions have been reduced to Level 2 or lower as dictated by the AHPCC.
Please do not hesitate to contact reception on 02 6295 2005 for questions you may have. More updates to come…
13th May, 2014
If you are thinking about getting an orthodontic treatment, then you probably have one very important question. When do I need to see an orthodontist in Canberra? There are several ways that this question can be answered. Any time that you have a question about your bite and/or the way that your teeth are aligned, you should see one of the orthodontists in Canberra.
For example, if you are having problems speaking, chewing and biting because some of your teeth are misplaced, crowded or protruding, then you will need to consult with one of the leading Canberra orthodontists Orthoclinic. Orthodontists in Canberra such as Orthoclinic have the special training and skills needed to diagnose and treat the problem.
There are other conditions that warrant a trip to an orthodontist in Canberra. Teeth grinding, mouth breathing and inability to close your mouth comfortably are some of the conditions that may require orthodontic treatment. Additionally, Canberra orthodontists can correct tooth abnormalities that are caused by facial asymmetry or imbalance.
Children are advised to see an orthodontist by the age of seven. There are two reasons that children need to see an orthodontist. Orthodontist can determine whether a child has enough room in his or her mouth to accommodate the permanent teeth. It is also a lot easier to correct tooth problems early.
Children who receive orthodontic care early may require shorter treatment times. Keep in mind that just because a child receives an examination from an orthodontist does not mean that he or she will receive treatment right away. In fact, the vast majority of children do not receive orthodontic treatment until they are at least nine years-old.
It is important to note that orthodontic care is not just for children. More and more adults are choosing to get orthodontic treatment. Many adults who receive orthodontic care feel self-conscious about their smile. Orthodontic treatment can improve one’s smile, which can increase one’s confidence.
Well-aligned teeth not only improve appearance, but they can also improve oral health. It is easier to clean the teeth when they are lined up properly. This can reduce one’s chances of developing gum disease and cavities.
Anyone can benefit from orthodontic treatment, regardless of his or her age. Non-compliance is one of the things that reduces the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment, but this usually is not a problem in adults. There are also many types of braces that one can choose from, including lingual braces, ceramic braces and clear aligners.
Contact Orthoclinic today to book an appointment with an orthodontist in Canberra.
13th May, 2014
If you want to straighten your teeth but you’re skeptical about having traditional braces, an Invisalign treatment with Orthoclinic in Canberra may be the solution. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. This method is used for overcrowding, gap filling and various bite corrections. It’s available to adults of all ages, but there is a special version of the product for teenagers as well.
Before you visit an orthodontist offering Invisalign in Canberra, consider your personal needs. Some people aren’t ideal candidates for this type of treatment, so discuss all your expectations with the dental practitioner upfront. Once you decide Invisalign is right for you, your Canberra orthodontist will create moulds of your teeth. The moulds will be converted to digital models, and a customized treatment plan will be determined based on the images.
You will replace your aligners every two weeks, which allows your teeth to shift gradually until they are in their final positions. Each aligner will fit precisely and comfortably. The length of time it takes to make corrections varies from person to person and depends on how complex the problem is. If your case isn’t too severe, you may need to wear the Invisalign appliance for six months to a year.
The Invisalign Teen appliance works the same as the original, but it is designed specifically for teenagers. Extra features have been added that focus on the active lifestyle of the younger generation. This includes blue indicators on each aligner that fade with wear. The teen aligners are designed to fit the unique structure of a young person’s smile as well.
One of the main benefits to using the Invisalign system is that the aligners are extremely comfortable. There are no metal wires or brackets to cause irritation. Because the aligners can be removed, it’s easy to stick to a daily oral hygiene regimen. Another advantage to choosing this product over the conventional alternative is that the aligners are practically invisible and inconspicuous.
Once you meet with Orthoclinic offering Invisalign in Canberra, you can begin the journey toward a healthier and more beautiful smile.