Given the outbreak of COVID-19, we are in unprecedented times. Under the recommendations of our government and dental society leadership, we have made the difficult, but important, decision to close Wood Orthodontics temporarily. You can be assured that this decision was not made lightly but was made to protect patients, staff and families.
We have sent out an email with tips to help in certain situations but as always, if you have an emergency, please call our office and select the emergency option to leave a message that will be returned as quickly as possible. Also, our system automatically grabs appointment information a few days in advance of appointments to send out reminders via phone, text, &/or email so if you get one confirming an appointment, please disregard and we will reschedule when possible.
Please visit our Facebook page or watch for emails for our most up to date information. We stand with you during these uncertain days and wish you good health. Hope to see you all soon! See below for the tips and answers to questions from our email.
Will this delay my treatment?
Part of successful orthodontic treatment is showing up for your appointments. If that’s not an option under these unusual circumstances, it’s okay. Don’t panic. Many offices schedule patients every 10-12 weeks as the wires that we use will continue to work much longer than our normal 6 week checkup period. It will, however, delay the changing of your colors☹. With any luck, this crisis will not last too long and will be more of a hiccup that shouldn’t have much of an impact on your overall treatment plan/timing. Given the situation, we ask for your patience and will work hard to minimize delays when we are allowed to reopen.
You can help keep treatment on track by following the directions we gave you at your most recent appointment regarding wearing of elastics, headgear, avoiding hard and sticky foods and keeping your teeth clean. Now is NOT the time to be breaking brackets or retainers and is the time to be keeping your teeth clean to ensure the best possible results.
Tips to help if any of these situations come up
- If a bracket comes loose and is uncomfortable, you should be able to flip it back to it’s normal position and slide it in front of the tooth it was stuck to, making it comfortable again.
- If you are turning an expander, do the recommended number of turns and stop turning after that until we are able to check progress.
- If you are concerned that progress is going too far with wearing elastics, there is no harm in stopping them until we are able to check progress (but don’t use this as an excuse to stop if you have a big overbite still