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The Story So Far
Simply Orthodontics had its humble beginnings in a small two chair practice in Taylors Lakes, where Dr. Skilton and his wife, Krystel, spent many nights contemplating the ins and outs of running their own practice. Years later, luck was on their side when a unique opportunity presented itself and the practice moved to its current purpose-built rooms on Overton Lea Blvd, Sydenham.
After many years of visiting the practice, Dr. Jason Yap joined Simply Orthodontics as a partner in 2014, bringing his expertise to our patients.
Our practice family has grown in numbers on the good faith and support of our staff, current patients and our Simply alumni. We constantly strive to be on the forefront of orthodontic technologies to maintain our quality service for patients, so attending national and international conferences as part of our continuing education is integral.
Dr. Skilton and Dr. Yap have always believed that Orthodontics should be easily accessible for everyone and this is reflected in our appointment scheduling and payment terms where the practices tries its best to accommodate all its patients.
Simply Orthodontics is also a strong supporter of Give A Smile™, the charitable arm of the Australasian Orthodontic Society (ASO), where a specialist orthodontist invites a public health system patient to be treated in their private practice on a pro bono basis. Strong community ties are also important to Simply and we are the proud supporters of various community events and sporting clubs including the Taylors Lakes Football Club, the Sunbury Football Netball Club and Diggers Rest Bulla Village Cricket Club.
Orthodontic problems are simply more than just crooked teeth
A mismatch between tooth-size and jaw-size can result in crowded, irregular teeth. Crowded teeth can not only be unsightly, but also difficult to clean and prone to uneven wear, which can itself present as a future problem.
Gaps between the teeth
Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, narrow teeth, or they may be exacerbated by unwanted forces from the tongue.
Protruded teeth / buck teeth
A common concern is that of the upper front teeth sticking out. It is characterised by the upper teeth extending too far forward (i.e. a crowding or angulation issue) or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward (i.e. possibly a small lower jaw). Protruded teeth can be unattractive and prone to accidental damage. In extreme cases, the protruded teeth interfere with the normal lip seal, creating a situation where the lips do not meet.
Under-bite / reverse bite
An under-bite occurs when upper front teeth are behind the lower front teeth. This can be due to an angulation issue of the teeth and/or a jaw size discrepancy, where the upper and lower jaws do not match. An under-bite occurs much more infrequently compared to protruded teeth.
A deep bite refers to excessive vertical overlap of the upper and lower front teeth. Some vertical overlap is desirable, but in a deep bite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
An open bite exists when the upper and lower teeth do not meet on closing, creating the appearance of an opening between teeth. An open bite can cause eating problems and excessive wear of those teeth which do make contact. It may also be unattractive and can be associated with speech and gum problems.
The upper teeth should fit outside the lower teeth like a lid over a box. If the upper jaw is too narrow, the insufficient width overlap causes a crossbite of the back teeth (posterior cross-bite). Posterior cross-bites can result in uneven wear of the teeth and can place extra strain on the jaw joint resulting in tempero-mandibular joint (TMJ) problems. Front teeth can also erupt in anterior (front teeth) cross-bite.
Impacted and supernumerary teeth
Sometimes a tooth can become obstructed as it is erupting. The most common clinical sign of impaction is a tooth that fails to appear within its normal eruptive time span. Upper canine teeth are impacted in roughly 3% of the population. Supernumerary teeth are extra teeth that may or may not erupt into the dental arch but can present as potential future problems.
Our recently remodelled offices are equipped with well-maintained equipment held to the highest sanitation standards.
Walk into any of our practices in Sydenham, Sunbury or Horsham, and you’re greeted by cheery Scheduling Coordinators who keep our schedules running like clockwork. We appreciate that your time is important and we strive to run on time, every time.
Initially, you will be greeted by our clinical staff who will take clinical photographs of your teeth and facial features. Your Orthodontist, Dr Jonathan Skilton or Dr Jason Yap, then joins you in the private consultation room for a thorough clinical orthodontic examination. They will discuss with you your orthodontic concerns and treatment options as well as answer any questions that you may have.
Your Treatment Coordinator will then outline the financial aspects of treatment, including our generous payment plans. She will discuss with you the perks of joining the Simply family such as our Brace Bucks program, patient competitions and our online patient service.
At the end of your consultation with Dr Jonathan Skilton or Dr Jason Yap, you will be well informed about your orthodontic treatment options. At no point will you feel pressured to enter into treatment and our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to answer any questions for you at any time!
We understand that sometimes there is a wealth of information to digest and you may prefer to review all this information at a later time. At Simply Orthodontics, you will also receive a treatment plan and report, outlining the discussed recommended treatment options. This detailed plan will allow you to review the information presented at the initial consultation at your own convenience.
As Dr Jonathan Skilton and Dr Jason Yap believe strongly in a multidisciplinary approach, a thorough report will also be forwarded to your dentist so that he or she will be well aware of your orthodontic needs and concerns, as well as the proposed recommendation for treatment. This way, we help to ensure that you have the best overall dental care!
Fees & insurance+
There are many different types of orthodontic treatments, and as such, the fees are set appropriately for each treatment. We understand that orthodontic treatment involves a significant financial involvement and we do our best to keep our fees as fair and reasonable as possible.
At Simply Orthodontics, we believe that it is important to provide an up to date premium service and exceptional treatment using only the highest quality equipment and dental products and following the strictest sterilization protocols. We offer very generous payment plans to enable treatment to be paid overtime. The costs and different payment options are outlined at the initial consultation, so you know exactly what is involved before commencing treatment.
How we take care of you
Orthodontists are dental specialists who have completed the highest specialist education in the field of Orthodontics. They have first completed a general dental degree at university and have worked in general practice for at least two years before applying for highly competitive and limited positions in the post graduate doctorate program.
Orthodontic Hygienists are university trained clinicians whose roles are to facilitate the Orthodontists in the clinical aspects of treatment. As clinicians, our Hygienists take an immense amount of pride in their roles, focusing on the clinical care of patients. Their responsibilities include preparing patients for the Orthodontists/preparing you for your appointment or adjustment, taking impressions, fitting and removal of appliances and molar bands as well as patient education. Our Hygienists are also trained to be able to address any orthodontic emergency that may arise during treatment.
Our Clinical Assistants are integral in the efficient functioning/smooth running of our clinic. They ensure that you and your family are well cared for and comfortable during your appointments. Their duties include assisting the clinicians, sterilisation of orthodontic instruments, taking visual records of patients, equipment maintenance, patient education and overseeing infection control protocols.
Our Treatment Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are well looked after. You will meet your Treatment Coordinator at your very first consultation appointment where she will answer any treatment or financial questions. Your Treatment Coordinator will become your personal treatment liaison at any point during your treatment.