When self-isolation is in effect you may wonder about ongoing medical treatments and how they will be affected. Lockdowns mean you cannot visit your treatment provider as usual. If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment during self-isolation, then carry on as you were. Your provider will still be in operation but with strict rules as to who can visit the office and why. In this post, we’ll take you through braces treatment during a pandemic. Let’s get going.
Continuing Braces Treatment During a Pandemic
You can continue your orthodontic treatment regardless of self-isolation and lockdowns. Your orthodontist office will remain open but for emergency and essential treatments only. You’ll find strict rules on place when visiting the office. Listed below are the main things to do while undergoing face to face treatment.
Staying in touch with your orthodontist is essential during a Pandemic. You’ll be notified when an appointment is necessary. A telephone call may be all that is needed to sort out the issue. You can generally set up a virtual appointment with ease with your provider. Keep going as per the treatment plan.
Office Visits During Lockdown
Stay in your car until called. Announce your arrival by calling the office. More than likely your orthodontist will have a dedicated COVID number.
- Sanitize your hands and put on a face mask.
- Answer questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms.
- Your temperature will be taken with a device to your forehead. This is due to furniture being allocated in a social distance location.
- No magazines or iPads. Also, there is no coffee and beverages.
- Only the patient and one guardian if needed will be allowed in the office. The guardian may be asked to wait in reception.
- You’ll need to stay 6 feet or more from the nearest person.
- The waiting times may be extended as time is needed for sanitizing the areas the orthodontist needs to work in.
- It is important that you DO NOT attend the office if you are suffering symptoms. You’ll have to wait the agreed isolation time before rescheduling the appointment.
Dental Emergencies During Self-Isolation
Orthodontic or dental emergencies happen during a lockdown. You’ll have to wait longer than usual for an appointment during this time. When it does come you need to follow the protocol. Then you’ll be allowed to see the orthodontist and have the issue fixed. For small and common issues, there are ways to fix these at home.
Orthodontic wires can snap or come loose. If this happens expect the wire to poke out from the teeth and possibly cut the gums. Until the opportunity to have it rectified comes, you can work the wire back into a position with tweezers. Use wax to hold the wire in place and be gentle around your mouth.
Brackets hold the wires to the teeth. Sometimes, they will detach from the tooth. This is an issue that needs attention as soon as possible.
Leave it hanging and call your provider
You may have broken the bracket eating or playing sport. In this case, the bracket will hang on the wire and simply hang there. DO NOT touch it. Leave it hanging and call your provider. It’s a frustrating problem that will cause you to be uncomfortable until it’s dealt with properly.
Other Pandemic Issues
Other issues occur during a pandemic. You may lose rubber bands, or your bands may snap. You can call the office and have the team send you the bands on the post. Users of Invisalign aligners may find themselves with a lost or damaged aligner.
Your new aligner will need ordering, depending on the provider you may have a few replacements free or you may need to shell out a fair bit for a new one. And you’ll need to make an appointment to go and collect it. This adds to the unnecessary visits during a pandemic. If a tooth attachment falls off, you will need an appointment.
Invisalign Treatment During a Pandemic.
Invisalign is a system of aligners that moves teeth. Because of this, you will not need any office visits for tightening or gluing. You will have your aligners ready at home, just using your smartphone app to scan on the agreed date, your orthodontist can provide advice and treatment advancements over telephone or Zoom software.
Replacement aligners will take longer to arrive. It is our advice to double down on aligner and retainer care during a pandemic. Lost time means longer treatment.
New Patients for Braces Treatment
To begin orthodontic treatment during a lockdown, a virtual consultation will be set up between the expert and yourself. After a discussion, the orthodontist will formulate a plan. The treatment will begin with X-rays. These will need to be done in the office. The above protocols in effect. Any molds or actions needed will be done in quick succession and at the same time to avoid repeated visits.
Invisalign patients will go the same road but without the gloopy mess, instead, a 3-D X-ray wand will be used. An appointment for fitting the first one and compliance rules is made. Then you will have enough aligners to get you going. From then on scans are done using smartphone apps and emails.
In this time of pandemic and lockdown, you can be confident Dr. McDermott is on hand to deal with your treatment issues and advancements. The office will stay open for essential only cases and the team is on hand to deal with issues over the phone at first.
The doctor will also give patients affected by the pandemic guidance and counseling. The entire team of staff is dedicated to using the latest techniques through attending workshops, seminars, educational courses, and conferences. All the services and treatment will benefit the patient’s teeth in the lifetime. Patients can use the clinic’s website to contact the doctor.
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Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.