Most kids get braces right before they become a teenager, so why should they see an orthodontist earlier? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends starting orthodontic evaluations at age 7. Some orthodontic problems can be addressed in a non-invasive manner while the jaws and teeth are still developing. The key is growth. For certain issues, early orthodontic treatment can prevent future stress and damage to the teeth by harnessing this growth. This early treatment is called Phase I, which is often followed by a second stage of treatment called Phase II, where the position of the adult teeth are finalized with braces.
Here are some examples of early orthodontic problems:
If your child is 7 years or older and you are concerned about any these orthodontic problems, please schedule an appointment.
We hope this newsletter finds you and your family in good health. We are very excited to see patients again at our office. Our community has been through a lot over the past couple of months and all of us are looking forward to getting back to our normal routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice as you probably noticed in your past visits to our office. Our infection control processes are designed such that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations. Protocols we have created in our sterilization procedures include:
All operatory surfaces will be sprayed and wiped to keep the most sterile environment possible.
Items around the office (door knobs, bathrooms, countertops, pens, etc.) will be wiped down and sanitized every hour
Plexiglas shields are present to protect patients and staff
Medical grade, high-flow HEPA filtration unit in addition to office HVAC air filtration system
UV light sanitation of all patient treatment areas
As a result of our added protocols we have put in place to promote safety, you may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. For example:
Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you as well as reduce the amount of patients at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep every patient safe at our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (919) 380-7624 or visit us at bellfamilydds.com.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back.