Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that is concerned with the bite – in other words, the alignment and position of the teeth in relation to facial structure.
Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that is
concerned with the bite – in other words, the alignment
and position of the teeth in relation to facial structure.
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An improper bite, or a malocclusion, not only affects appearance but can also indicate jaw dysfunction or problems with underlying bone structure, including overbite, underbite, cross-bite, and crowded or impacted teeth.
This field of dentistry is most commonly associated with retainers and with a specialised dental apparatus known as dental braces. There are several kinds of braces, including Invisalign® clear aligners and traditional metal braces. They all have the same purpose: to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.
All orthodontic treatments can be carried out either by a general dentist or by a specially qualified orthodontist. Learn more about the difference in treatment from a general dentist and specialist orthodontists by reading the recommendations from the Australian Society of Orthodontists.
To qualify as a registered specialist orthodontist in Australia, practitioners must first have the same degree as a general dentist, with honours. They then study for a further three to four years for a Masters degree or equivalent specific training in orthodontics, making them eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia as a specialist orthodontist.
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Our orthodontists often work in seamless collaboration with paedodontists in cases involving children’s teeth and with prosthodontists and cosmic dentists in cases involving adult oral health and restoration.
Never assume that an orthododontist is a registered specialist; always check on the website of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
When you are seen by a registered specialist orthodontist you can be assured that they are fully qualified to meet your particular orthodontic needs.
Our team of orthodontists comprises registered specialists Dr Geoffrey Hall, Dr Martin Poon, Dr David Austin and Dr Andrea Phatouros, as well as Dr Stephanie Tang.
You don’t need a referral to see any of our orthodontists. Please call us on (03) 9650 2726 to discuss your needs and make an appointment. We look forward to being of service to you.
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Dr Martin Poon BDSc (Melb.), Cert Orth MS (Uni of Penn.) graduated in Dentistry from the University of Melbourne in 2002 and undertook postgraduate orthodontic training at the University of Pennsylvania, United States of America, in 2008. He also received his Masters in Oral Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
Dr David Austin BDSc (Adel.), MDS Orth (Hong Kong), MOrth RCSEdin graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004 with a Bachelor of Dental Science after which he practised various general and specialist orthodontic clinics in Melbourne and worked part-time for the Australian Defence Force.
In 2007, he began specialist training in orthodontics at the University of Hong Kong. He then moved to Shanghai, China, where he worked in one of the city’s most famous clinics, treating expatriates from all over the world. Dr Austin offers treatment for children and adults.
Dr Austin is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in orthodontics, the World Federation of Orthodontists, the European Orthodontic Society, the Hong Kong Society of Orthodontists and the Australian Dental Association. His work has been published in one of Europe’s leading orthodontic journals.
Dr Andrea Phatouros BDSc (WA), MDScOrth (WA), FRACDS graduated in Dental Science from the University of Western Australia, where she subsequently became responsible for the first year dental program for undergraduate dental students. Having spent several years in private dental practice, Dr Phatouros completed her specialist training in Orthodontics at the University of Western Australia,where she was awarded the Postgraduate Clinical Award for Excellence in Clinical Presentation.
Dr Phatouros then worked in specialist private practice in Perth, where she also continued teaching in Orthodontics for both the undergraduate dental program and the postgraduate orthodontic program. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian Society of Dental Surgeons.
Dr Stephanie Tang BDSc (Melb.), MOrth (Hong Kong) worked as a dentist in country Victoria for several years before undertaking specialist training in orthodontics at the University of Hong Kong.
Her final year research was presented at the European Orthodontic Society meeting in Spain for the prestigious Houston Award and later published in the European Journal of Orthodontics. She is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the European Orthodontic Society, the Hong Kong Society of Orthodontists and the Australian Dental Association.
Dr Tang is a specialist orthodontist with expertise in providing treatment to both children and adults. She is experienced in Invisalign®, fixed appliances (braces), functional appliance treatment, growth modification and mini-implants.
Dr Hashmat Popat BDS (Brist), MFDS RCS (Eng), MScD, MOrth RCS (Ed), FDS(Orth), PhD (Card) gained his Bachelor of Dental Science from Bristol University, United Kingdom, in 2000. After graduating, he travelled to Australia to work at Sydney DentalHospital and then for Queensland Health before moving back to the UK to complete his specialist orthodontic training at Cardiff University in 2008.
Hashmat continued to work for Cardiff University while completing a PhD. During this time he also led the undergraduate orthodontic dental course at the School of Dentistry and took a senior academic role on the Specialty Training Programme. He has published over 30 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conducted research projects in all aspects of orthodontics, including Invisalign®.
Hashmat has a wide range of clinical experience, having worked alongside general dentists and other dental specialists treating multi-disciplinary orthodontic cases. He can offer treatment to children and adults using ceramic (white) braces, lingual braces (attached to the inside of your teeth) or Invisalign®.