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Keeping Invisalign Clear Aligners Clean While Sheltering-in-Place

Dr. Jasmine Gorton and her son demonstrate the easiest way of keeping Invisalign clear aligners clean at home.

Taking Photos of Your Teeth Tutorial

Special message from Lindsay

Hi, everyone!

I’m Lindsay, the treatment coordinator at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics. We wanted to let all our patients know that we are here for you guys during this tough time! You can still reach us by phone or text, email or video. I’ll be showing you this tutorial to use for taking photos of your teeth that you can send to us for evaluation.

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Special message from Dr. Gorton During Covid-19 Shelter-in-Place Order

 

Special message from Dr. Gorton

Hello, everyone!

Dr. Jasmine Gorton here. On behalf of the entire Gorton & Schmohl team, I wanted to send you and your families warm greetings and well wishes! Hopefully you and yours are doing your best to stay healthy and taking all the necessary precautions to keep others safe as well!

While we are all feeling the impact of the timing of the Covid-19 shelter-in-place order, please rest assured that your orthodontic treatments will continue as planned and largely without issue.

For our patients in braces, your wires will continue to straighten your teeth. Our recommendation to you is to continue maintaining excellent oral hygiene practices (making sure you use the Clinpro 5000 fluoride toothpaste you received from us) and also maintain a healthy braces-friendly diet! Please reference the braces food list you received, which is also on our website, and steer clear of hard, sticky, overly chewy foods that could cause things to come loose.

If you are wearing rubber bands as part of your recommended treatment, please continue! We’d like to see how you’ve done with your rubber bands and what your bite looks like so there will be some instructions later on in the video about how to take pictures of your teeth that we can use to evaluate your current bite.

For our Invisalign patients, you should have by now received all the aligners in your current set, as our office team has been mailing those out as they have become available. We encourage you to continue with wearing your aligner 20-22 hours per day, using your chewies regularly, and using your accelerator device daily if you elected to purchase one.

If you feel that you are going to be running out of aligners in the near future, we recommend slowing down your pace. If you customarily switch your aligners twice per week, which is the case for some of our youngest patients using Invisalign with Acceledent, you may want to switch once a week for the time being. If you usually switch your aligners weekly, you may want to slow down to every two weeks if you think you may run out soon. If you usually switch every two weeks, please stay with the same schedule of aligner changes.

Finally, if you’ve reached the last aligner of your set and have worn it full-time for a couple of weeks, please switch to night-time only with your last aligner so that they can hold your teeth in their current position.  Please don’t stop wearing your aligners! And, as always, please do not throw away any backup aligners you may need if your current aligner breaks or gets lost!

For those patients with expanders, please stop turning after the prescribed number of turns has been completed. Please do not continue turning after the prescribed number of turns until you have submitted evaluation photos for assessment of progress.

While we are only seeing emergency patients in our office at this time per the recommendations of all governing health care bodies at the local, state and national levels, we want to reassure you all that we are available by phone, text, email, and video.

If you’ve subscribed with our dental monitoring program, please continue your weekly scans for evaluation. For everyone else, we’d like to extend an invitation for a virtual appointment for all our Invisalign patients due for a check, our braces patients who are currently wearing rubber bands, and expander patients who were still turning their expander when the shelter-in-place order started so that we can check-in and evaluate your progress.

We also want to let you know that we have virtual consultations available on our website for new treatment interest and inquiries. We have a video coming up from Lindsay, our Treatment Coordinator, demonstrating how to take photos of the teeth easily at home to help us with our assessments. You are welcome to email your photos to all three doctors at doctors@marinortho.com with any questions or concerns you may have.


Click here for Lindsay’s tutorial on how to take photos of your teeth

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Orthodontic Instructions During Covid-19 Shelter-in-Place Order

Corona FAQ

COVID-19 FAQs Specific to Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

When will Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics start seeing patients?

As soon as it is safe to do so! We have been working hard with our administrative team managing rescheduling, mailing rubber bands, mailing aligners, answering questions, etc. All of our team, including our clinical assistants, are using this time for training such as technique courses for the orthodontic assistant permit certification. We don’t yet know when our building will be re-opened, but when it is, we plan to be available to you immediately and better than ever!

What additional safety precautions are in place for when the office reopens?

We want to make sure that you feel comfortable and safe in our office environment. We have been keeping up on the medical literature surrounding COVID-19 and will be implementing some additional precautions, at least for the short term:

  • Check in procedure: We have placed hand sanitizer by the self check in screen and will also be checking patients in vis verbal communication with our front desk. If you arrive early and/or we are not able to seat you immediately upon your arrival, you may wait in the outdoor courtyard downstairs or in your car and we can text you when ready.
  • Hospitality: Our hospitality stand with coffee, tea, etc as well as magazines, fidget spinners, video game joysticks and patient prize basket will be removed (sorry!)
  • Patient seating: We will modify our schedule to allow seating of patients with the 6 ft recommended “social distancing”.
  • We will maintain masks / gloves refreshed and in place, even outside of direct patient care

What can Invisalign patients do while they are waiting for an appointment?

Keep moving forward in your aligners at your usual pace, trying to never have them out for more than 30 min at a time for meals. Our office is mailing aligners (and rubber bands when indicated). If you have not received your aligners within the time frame of your original appointment, this is because they needed to be re-designed to remove and / or delay the placement of attachments and/ or tooth reshaping in order to continue to move ahead with treatment with mailed aligners. Remote monitoring using cheek “retractors” is available via Dental Monitoring and/or Invisalign Virtual Care so that our doctors can continue to monitor your treatment closely.

What can Braces/ Expander patients do while waiting for an appointment?

Please avoid any hard or sticky foods! Hard foods can bend a wire causing discomfort and/or unintended tooth movement and can knock off 1 or more braces, which extends treatment. Sticky foods have a pulling action and can cause a wire to pull out and feel pokey and/or can pull braces off.  Preventing breakage is a key component to finishing treatment on time.  Please let us know if you need more rubber bands and we can mail them to you. If you have a question about your treatment, please use a spoon to move your cheek out of the way to send us a photo for our doctors to review (doctors@marinortho.com)

Has anyone working at the office tested positive for COVID-19?

Due to our strict pre-existing infection control procedures, prompt office closure and social distancing at the onset of the outbreak, it does not appear that any team member has contracted COVID-19. As always, any team member with symptoms of any illness is requested to stay home and the same is true for our patients.

Will there be Saturday/ Sunday appointments to “catch up” on delayed appointments?

Currently, our professional buildings are locked and without HVAC (heating and air conditioning circulating) on both Saturdays and Sundays. We do not feel that this is an optimally safe environment for patient care. We will see patients M-F during business hours as soon as we have access to the office, utilizing additional safety precautions mentioned above.

COVID-19 FAQs Specific to Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

Corona Update and Alternatives - Marin Orthodontist

Corona Update and Alternatives

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UPDATE: 30 March:

This update supersedes all other updates

In response to the rapidly evolving recommendations regarding COVID-19, the California Dental Association has recommended that dental offices remain closed  until further notice.   We will be reaching out to all our patients to schedule / reschedule as soon as we know when we are able to reopen. For questions or concerns, call or text the office at (415) 459-8006 (please be patient with our reduced staff). Take care and stay well!


COVID-19 BUILDING CLOSURE

Tuesday 17 March:

From Tuesday March 17 at 12 am through Tuesday April 7 at 11:59 pm, there is a government issued “Shelter in Place” order for Marin County and our office complex will be locked.

 

Please reach out to reschedule if you had an appointment during that time period. For now, we are leaving in place appointments from April 8 onward.

 

Despite anticipating a temporary interuptions in our ability to receive packages, we aim to fulfill the majority of Invisalign patient appointments virtually by mailing aligners together with dental monitoring kits. The exception is for patients needing new attachments placed on teeth in the office.

 

We invite prospective patients to try our Virtual Consultation tool on our website at www.MarinOrtho.com to be able to start their orthodontic evaluation from home.

 


Monday 16 March:
We ask that if you are sick, have a compromised immune system or are elderly that you stay home. For the time being, our office has chosen to remain open for the following reasons:

 

1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying COVID-19 manifests as a Mild illness in 80 percent of those afflicted and that most illnesses during this season will NOT be COVID-19 related, but instead be the “common cold” or influenza which continue to circulate in the community.

 

2) As health care professionals, we are already trained in and accustomed to implementing strict infection control procedures and universal precautions. We will continue to make your health a top priority.

 

NOTE:  We are also offering the following modifications:
  1. Instead of checking yourself in in our touch screen, you may check in verbally with our front desk team.
  2. Once you let us know you are here, you are welcome to wait in the outdoor courtyard downstairs or in your car if it is not yet time for your appointment to start. Our front desk team will text you when your chair is ready.
  3. For patients using Invisalign treatment, you have the option of receiving a Dental Monitoring kit we can send in the mail for our doctors to monitor your case remotely, eliminating the need for “check” appointments. Contact our office for details. 415-459-8006 , info@marinortho.com
  4. Starting mid-March, we will offer new patients the option of starting with a virtual consultation online via our website www.MarinOrtho.com
As always, the strongest defence against any virus is to keep your immune system strong with adequate sleep, healthy eating and exercise!

 

Sincerely,
Drs. Jasmine Gorton, Bill Schmohl & Sona Bekmezian.

 

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