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COVID-19 and Orthodontic Appliances

Hello Patients and Families,

We are getting into the swing of things with all of the requirements we need to have in place. One of them makes it so we can only see about half the patients we normally would see in a day. Others make it so every appointment takes more time. This makes the process of scheduling hundreds of patients even more complicated. We are calling everyone in the order the appointments were cancelled. We will contact you as we work through the list. You can imagine it is taking time to contact everyone. It will likely take weeks before we reach everyone. You do not need to contact us as we are scheduling in the most fair manner we can and in a way that adheres to the Governor's orders. Once you are contacted, you will receive 2 emails. One is a pre-screening questionnaire. It needs to be returned via email the day of the appointment. The second goes over all of the office protocols you will need to review before the appointment so you are prepared for when you arrive. We thank you for your continued patience and are really looking forward to seeing you as soon as we can!

Sincerely,
Dr. Gietzen

 Here are some tips for current patients on how to handle your orthodontic appliances during the mandatory temporary office closure due to COVID-19. 

MOST IMPORTANT FOR ALL PATIENTS!!!

Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine of brushing 2-3 times per day and do not miss any area in your mouth.  Floss daily.  There are serious permanent negative consequences to poor oral hygiene.  Please prevent this with good oral hygiene practices.


Expander Patients:

Continue to do your turns as prescribed.  Once you are done with those turns, STOP turns until your next appointment.  

 

Braces Patients:

If you have a pokey wire, try wax.  If that does not help, go ahead and try to trim the wire using clean wire cutters, clean cuticle scissors, or clean nail clippers.

If you have a bracket come off, we will fix it when we can resume seeing patients.  Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods and follow all braces and food instructions.

 

Clear Aligner Patients:

We have contacted all our clear aligner patients with instructions.  If you finish wearing your last aligner as prescribed, continue to wear that aligner at night while sleeping until your next appointment.  

 

Retainer Patients:

Keep wearing them as prescribed.