Remote Monitoring Due to Covid-19

Due to nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations of numerous health and government officials including the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the Australian Society of Orthodontists, we must restrict our in-clinic visits to only emergency patients such as trauma, infection and acute pain. In light of this advice, Dr De Angelis has made the decision to postpone some appointments and monitor patients virtually.

We want to reassure patients this will not compromise your treatment. We appreciate your understanding and support during this time.

The following information is to help patients with the remote monitoring of their treatment. You may be requested to provide us with some photos to monitor your development.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on 133 TOC as we are still here to help and answer any questions you may have. For more information on how we are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic visit HERE.

Braces Patients Using Dental Monitoring Lite

You will need a smart phone, a friend or a family member. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Use your smart phone camera with the flash activated. Avoid using the “selfie” camera as this does not produce clear photos. Hold the camera close to the teeth rather than using the zoom feature.
  2. Pull your lips and your cheeks back as much as you can using either 2 spoons or 2 fingers so we can see all of your teeth without hiding the gums. Bite down on your back teeth and take the following series of photos. Our Dental Assistant, Brooke, shows how to take the photos using spoons.
Photo of an intraoral orthodontic selfie Photo of an intraoral orthodontic selfie Photo of an intraoral orthodontic selfie

3. Open your mouth as wide as you can and tilt your head up and take a photo of your upper teeth with the angle of the camera from below.

4. Open your mouth as wide as you can and tilt your head down and take a photo of your lower teeth with the angle of the camera from above.

Photo of an intraoral orthodontic selfie

5. We would then love to see your smile. Take the following series of three photos; smiling, resting and resting in profile:

Girl standing Full Frontal and Side View to show jaw and face profile

6. Once you have completed all 8 photos please submit them via the Dental Monitoring app. Photos are usually submitted using a Cheek Retractor but as Dental Monitoring have run out of stock you are now able to submit photos using spoons or your fingers (don’t forget to wash your hands before and after!).

Dr De Angelis will review these photos and one of our team will contact you with regard to your next appointment.

Aligner Patients using Dental Monitoring

Dr De Angelis would like you to extend the wear of each aligner by one week. In other words, please wear your aligners for two weeks instead of changing weekly.

This will not compromise your treatment however, it may extend the length of treatment slightly which we believe is a sensible option in the current environment. We will return to your normal treatment plan as soon as we are able.

We also ask that you continue using the Dental Monitoring platform in order for Dr De Angelis to continue to monitor your progress remotely.

Aligner Patients not using Dental Monitoring

Dr De Angelis would like you to extend the wear of each aligner by one week. In other words, please wear your aligners for two weeks instead of changing weekly.

This will not compromise your treatment however, it may extend the length of treatment slightly which we believe is a sensible option in the current environment. We will return to your normal treatment plan as soon as we are able. 

We also ask that you use the Dental Monitoring platform in order for Dr De Angelis to continue to monitor your progress remotely. You take some intraoral selfies on your smartphone and upload them via the app. Please download the Dental Monitoring app from the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android.

You will find an excellent tutorial below.

Please note – as shown below, photos are usually submitted using a Cheek Retractor but as Dental Monitoring have run out of stock you are now able to submit photos using spoons or your fingers (don’t forget to wash your hands before and after!).

SmileMate provides an example of how to take photos using your fingers.