Orthodontics is a Highly Specialised Field
We choose to provide you with optimal care by a registered specialist when it comes to all your orthodontic needs.
Orthodontists are registered dental specialists who focus on correcting the position of the teeth, thereby improving the occlusion (bite) of teeth as well as the appearance of the jaws and face.
To qualify as a registered orthodontist in Australia, practitioners must complete a general dentistry degree followed by a three- to four-year Masters degree or equivalent training in orthodontics.
For more than seventeen years Melbourne’s Smile Solutions has offered patients resident orthodontist care in the same location as general dentistry, providing all the latest treatment options, including Invisalign® and internal lingual braces. Our general dentists can refer you for specialist orthodontic treatment within our multidisciplinary team of registered dental specialists.
Dr Martin Poon
Born in Hong Kong in 1980, Martin was brought up in Melbourne where he completed his secondary and tertiary education. Martin is fluent in both English and Chinese (Cantonese). He received his Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Melbourne in 2002 and his postgraduate orthodontic training at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He also received his Masters in Oral Biology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
Dr David Austin
Dr Austin graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2004 with a Bachelor of Dental Science. He worked as a dentist at a variety of private general and specialist orthodontic clinics in Melbourne. He also worked part time for the Australian Defence Force. In 2007, he began specialist training in orthodontics at the University of Hong Kong. After 3 years in Hong Kong, Dr Austin moved to Shanghai, China, where he worked in one of Shanghai’s most famous clinics, treating expatriates from all over the world.
Dr Austin was recently inducted as a member in orthodontics with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a member of the World Federation of Orthodontists, the European Orthodontic Society, the Hong Kong Society of Orthodontists and the Australian Dental Association. He has recently published an article in one of Europe’s leading orthodontic journals.
David offers treatment for children and adults. He speaks English and is conversant in French, Italian and Spanish.
Dr Andrea Phatouros
Dr Andrea Phatouros completed her Bachelor of Dental Science degree in 1991 at the University of Western Australia, where she then worked in private dental practice and subsequently became responsible for the first year dental program for undergraduate dental students. In 1994 she became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian Society of Dental Surgeons.
In 2005, 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 continued working in specialist private practice in Perth, where she also continued teaching in Orthodontics for both the undergraduate dental program and the postgraduate orthodontic program.
Dr Stephanie Tang
Dr Stephanie Tang graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006 with a Bachelor of Dental Science. She then worked as a dentist in rural Victoria in private practice.
In 2009 Dr Tang began her specialist training in Orthodontics at the University of Hong Kong. During her final year of study, she presented her research at the European Orthodontic Society meeting in Spain, for the prestigious Houston Award. In 2012, her research was published in the European Journal of Orthodontics.
Recently Dr Tang was inaugurated as a member in orthodontics to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She is a member of the European Orthodontic Society, The Hong Kong Society of Orthodontics and the Australian Dental Association.
Dr Tang’s specialities lie in fixed appliances (braces), growth modification, functional appliance treatment and micro-implants and Invisalign®.
Dr Hashmat Popat
Hashmat Popat gained his Bachelor of Dental Science from Bristol University, United Kingdom, in 2000. After graduating, he travelled to Australia to work at Sydney Dental Hospital 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, which prepares postgraduate dentists to become specialist orthodontists. 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®.