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 Martin Poon, Dr David Austin, Dr Andrea Phatouros, Dr Stephanie Tang, as well as Dr Yana Itskovich.
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 Yana Itskovich BDSc (Griff), DClinDent (Otago), FRACDS worked as a general dentist for several years after graduating from Griffith University. Having undergone orthodontic treatment herself, Yana decide to undertake her specialist training in orthodontics, graduating from the University of Otago with a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry.
Yana was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Specialist Stream in Orthodontics and is a member of the Australian Society of Orthodontics. Yana has presented at numerous conferences and has taught general dental students.
Dr Shazia Naser PhD (Orth), MSc (UCL) , MOrth RCSE., BDS, CFD, DPHDent, DCPSP-HPE, FICCDE graduated with a Master in Orthodontics from the internationally respected Eastman Dental Institute in London in 1998. She went on to obtain her doctorate from the University of Adelaide in 2010, after which she held a leadership role in the Orthodontic Department at the University of Queensland. Having spent five years as a specialist orthodontist in Dubai, UAE, she returned to Australia. Shazia is widely published in dental and orthodontic journals and stays up to date with contemporary orthodontic technologies by attending international conferences.
Dr Shazia Naser participates regularly in dental-related community services and her other passions include providing efficient and effective orthodontic treatment resulting in the highest possible patient satisfaction. She enjoys working with all age groups and finds it gratifying to see her patients with beautiful smiles that help to enhance their quality of life. Shazia is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is actively involved in the AHI Pathway to PEACE (California-based philanthropic organisation).