Meet the Team

Maria Iza Vargas

Oral Health Therapist

Hi, I am Maria and I am one of the Oral Health Therapists here at Smiles & Faces Orthodontics. I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral Health at the University of Sydney allowing me to be a dual qualified dental hygienist and therapist.

As an Oral Health Therapist, you will see me work alongside Dr. Chang and the staff during your orthodontic treatment. I am involved in providing education on dental health, plaque control and nutrition and coaching you on how to look after your teeth, gums and orthodontic appliances. I take orthodontic records including photos and molds of your teeth, change wires and elastics, remove braces as well as fit retainers and appliances. I also perform teeth cleaning while ensuring that your time with us is a pleasant and comfortable experience.

I have always been interested in the health and well being of patients and thus prior to studying Oral Health, I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Science in 2008 at the University of Sydney and have also been working as a dental assistant. I am a member of the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia and the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association.

In my free time, I like to go on food trips, watch movies and do arts and crafts. I enjoy travelling back to Philippines and spending time with my family and relatives. Since I grew up there, I am also fluent in Tagalog

I thought I’d share this with you as well. I remember back when I was 10 years old, I was told by a dentist not to enter this profession as most people will dislike you for what you do and so who would have thought what I got myself into! But after seeing patients and their families’ with smiles on their faces as they walk out the door, knowing that you have made a difference, I know I made the right decision because this is what I love to do and witness. So I look forward to helping you in your journey in achieving that healthy and beautiful smile, together with Dr. Chang and the rest of the friendly staff here at Smiles and Faces Orthodontics.

Here, I talk about the role of Oral Health Specialists in your orthodontic care.

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