COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES IN OUR OFFICE
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
1. Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
2. At the time of scheduling, we will screen patients for symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and exposure to anyone with a COVID-19 infection. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in our office.
3. We will kindly ask you to remain in your vehicle until it is time for you to come to your appointment.
4. We will perform temperature checks upon arrival and anyone with a temperature of 100.4°F or above cannot be seen.
5. We ask that all patients come to their appointments alone; only caretakers or a minor patient’s parent are permitted to accompany patients into our office.
6.We require that all patients, and those that must accompany them to our office, wear a mask or a cloth face covering.
7. We provide hand sanitizer in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. We will ask you to use it when you enter our office.
8. We will require that patients stand at least 6 feet apart during check in / check out and while in the reception area.
9. Our reception area will no longer offer magazines, books or newspapers since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
10. Our appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. This means that for now you will be offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. We will also do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, and to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in our practice! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Types of Braces
There are various types of braces available to choose from. Read below to find out the various types available today but make sure to talk to one of our orthodontic professional to find out which braces are the right fit for you. Call or make an appointment today for a consultation.
The type of braces you get depends on a number of factors:
- The severity of your condition
- The recommendation of your orthodontist How much you are willing to pay
- How long you will be in braces
- Your own personal preference
Ceramic braces are made of very strong materials and are very similar to metal braces. The brackets are tooth colored and are nearly as strong as metal and can be used to treat nearly all of the same cases.
Ceramic braces are a solution for adults who are looking for orthodontic solutions that blend in with the teeth and aren’t as evident as metal braces. Patients also report less irritation of the gums when compared to metal braces.
The ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire on to the ceramic brackets are often white or clear. One downside to having ceramic braces is that the ligatures stain over time and can become more noticeable.
Treatment is usually more expensive than metal braces and it can take a bit longer. Schedule a consultation to find out if Ceramic braces are your orthodontic solution.
Invisalign is another treatment option for people who seek unobtrusive orthodontic treatment. Instead of brackets bonded to the tooth, dental treatment is mapped out through a series of plastic dental trays designed to move the teeth in incremental movements over weeks. The clear, plastic trays are virtually invisible and are difficult to detect. With Invisalign there is no irritation to the gums and they can be removed for aesthetic reasons over small periods of time.Invisalign is a solution for patients who are not in need of severe orthodontic treatment and is not a solution for everyone. In some cases, patients may require additional treatment if they have more dental malocclusions. Please schedule a consultation today if you want to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign.
Metal brackets are made of metal brackets along with an elastic rubber band called a ligature to hold the wire onto the bracket. These types of braces are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. They also tend to be the most inexpensive and can treat the most severe cases. Metal braces also tend to have the least amount of treatment time when compared with other orthodontic solutions.
Some of the drawback to having metal braces is that they cause irritation to the cheeks and gum but patients often adjust to the feelings after a few weeks. Metal braces are a solution to nearly all patients who need braces. Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist to find out more about metal braces today.
Self-ligating braces are metal braces without the elastic ligature. Using a “trap door” technology, the brackets allow the wire to slide back and forth resulting in fewer adjustments and less appointments. Schedule a consultation to find out if self-ligating braces are right for you.
With Lingual Braces, the brackets are placed behind the teeth and are virtually invisible to others and are most commonly made of metal.Patients report irritation to the tongue along with an initial adjustment to speaking. Lingual braces may not be for patients in need of severe orthodontic treatment. Schedule a consultation to find out if lingual braces are your orthodontic solution.
Dr. Brooks, and her staff are skillful, experienced professionals with years of success in caring for patients like you and your families. Our friendly and competent staff is dedicated to patient comfort, and quality care. We provide the best, and latest, in dental technology and treatment options. Our personalized treatment approach and focus on detail brings about successful results every day. We provide gentle, family-oriented dental care to the adults, and children, of this community. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment sterilization techniques, and remain current with best practices available to dentists. In addition to orthodontic dentistry, we work with specialists in Periodontics (gum diseases), Implant dentistry, and Endodontics (root canal treatments), as well as other specialists in their related fields. Our team emphasizes comprehensive quality care and preventive dentistry. We simply care about your well being.
We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family.
Rafaele Desiré Brooks, DDS
OrthoOasis@gmail.com • (310) 906-8363
10635 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA 90025
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