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|Dear Patients and Families, We are very happy to be able to get back to work and see our patients who we have missed over the past few months! We would like to update you on our office, it’s measured re-opening, and the steps we are taking to ensure we do everything possible to keep our patients and our team healthy. We are planning to reopen slowly over the next few weeks. We are going to take a phased approach towards our reopening to minimize the number of patients in the office. This will allow us to adhere to federal social distancing guidelines, and to better protect our patients and staff. We ask for your patience. We had to reschedule close to 1000 appointments, and we know there is a strong desire to get your treatment back on track. As we prepare to reopen, please wait for our office to contact you to reschedule your appointments.|
|COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We hope these are helpful and looking forward to seeing everyone real soon!
Will the Mandated Closures Affect My Treatment Time?
We know part of successful orthodontic treatment is showing up for your appointments. Since that’s not an option under these unusual circumstances, it’s okay. Don’t panic. Our practice uses the highest technology appliances and wires that stay active for a very long period of time. Though your appointments are scheduled out to achieve maximum success, this hiccup shouldn’t have much of an impact on your overall treatment plan. The appliances are still working and your treatment is continuing! Once we re-open, we are going to work hard to keep you on track to finish in a timely manner. You can help keep treatment moving forward by avoiding hard and sticky foods and keeping your teeth clean.
Patients with Invisalign
Continue wearing your aligners as instructed. If you are changing your trays weekly or every 10 days, we would suggest you start to change them every 2 weeks until we are able to see you again. After finishing your last aligner, you may wear it at night only if you wish (but don’t stop wearing completely). This will maintain the position of your teeth until next visit.
If an attachment should loosen or break, continue to wear your trays. The rest of the system is still working.
UPDATE: Many patients have asked if it is possible to pick up their next set of aligner trays. Assuming we are able to get into the office, we will be more than happy to make arrangements. A “no contact” pickup outside the office. Please contact us via text message to discuss.
Patients with Braces
Brush and Floss! Fluoride rinse every night. Be extra diligent about food choices to prevent breakage. Continue treatment as directed until we are able to see you again.
If you have a loose brace?
If a bracket is loose and sliding on the wire, attempt to gently remove it by removing the small colored elastic with a clean pair of tweezers. If it cannot be removed and is causing irritation, place a small piece of wax over the bracket to act as a cushion.
If your wire is poking?
For a poking wire, use the eraser of a new, clean pencil to attempt to tuck it back in. If unable and the area is accessible, use a clean pair of nail clippers to clip the wire and remove the poking piece. Otherwise, place wax to act like a cushion.
If your wire comes out of the back brace?
With clean tweezers, you can attempt to replace the wire into the back bracket or tube. If you are unable, either use a clean pair of nail clippers to clip the wire behind the last bracket to which it is attached, or cover the poking wire with wax.
Patients wearing rubber bands (elastics)
Continue to wear your elastics as instructed. If you start to run low on your elastics, then start to wear them just when you sleep at night. If you run out of elastics, text us your name and address. We will do our best to get a new pack for you. Text us if you would like a virtual evaluation of your progress.
Patients with palatal expanders
Turn as instructed, and STOP on the last day. The expander will hold the space until you are able to see us again. If you have any questions or concerns, please text us to schedule a virtual evaluation.
Patients wearing retainers
Continue wearing as instructed at your last visit. If your retainer has cracked, as long as you are comfortable you can still wear them. If you are unable to wear your retainers, or they cause pain, STOP wearing them all together. We will have to wait until we are able to see you again in order to repair them. If your teeth should shift, we will address that when we are advised the practice can open again.