With everything going on in the world, it can be hard to keep up with the constant changes. Every day we’re faced with new information and between business closures, self-quarantines, and stay-at-home orders, there’s no denying our daily life isn’t quite what we’re used to. If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment you may be wondering how all of these changes will affect your progress. Or maybe you were just looking to get started on your journey to a healthier smile, and now you’re not sure that’s even a possibility. If this sounds like you, we have great news! We’ve put together a guide to virtual visits and consultations so that we can still be there for you.
Thanks to advances in today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to stay connected. Although our office is closed, we’re still available to address any and all of your orthodontic needs! We’re now offering virtual visits and consultations so that we can continue to serve you. This allows us to keep track of your smile progress while continuing to practice social distancing. To find out more about our new virtual services, keep reading below!
How do virtual visits work?
Virtual visits are a new resource being implemented in orthodontic practices across the country. Many people may be unsure of how exactly virtual visits are conducted and what they should expect. Thankfully, the process is quick and simple, making it extremely user-friendly! Your first step is to visit our virtual consultations page. From there, you’ll simply take a few photos of your teeth and smile, provide your personal information, and send it in to our office. That’s it! From there, Dr. Hunter will review your photos and any notes or questions you’ve included about your specific case before reaching out with the next steps.
Tips for taking great photos
The biggest learning curve for most of our patients regarding virtual visits is taking clear, effective photos. Don’t let that discourage you from seeking orthodontic treatment! We’ve included sample photos in our registration form, as well as a short video tutorial to help you get the best photos possible. If you’re wearing elastics as a part of your orthodontic treatment, you should wear them for your photos. This will allow Dr. Hunter to ensure that you’re wearing them correctly and provide any feedback if needed. If you’re out of elastics, let us know and we’re happy to send you some more by mail!
Here are some additional tips to help you take a great photo:
- If possible, have someone else take your photo, or use the self-timer on your camera.
- Make sure the flash is turned on.
- Keep your photos close and try to only photograph your teeth and mouth.
- Try to keep the muscles around your mouth relaxed.
- Keep your teeth together and bite down hard. This is the best way to make sure the pictures are accurate.
Why virtual consultations are important
As “safer-at-home” orders continue to be mandated around the country, it’s become necessary for orthodontists to find new and inventive ways to continue to provide care. By making the transition to virtual care, Dr. Hunter is able to stay connected to his patients and meet the orthodontic needs of the community. Whether you’re keeping up with current treatment or are just taking the first steps in your smile transformation, virtual visits are the perfect way to prioritize your smile, even while quarantined.
Virtual visits are beneficial if you experience an orthodontic emergency. We know accidents happen, and it can be stressful if you can’t get in to see your doctor. If you’re unsure if what you’re experiencing is really an emergency, scheduling a virtual appointment can eliminate the guesswork. Being able to communicate your concerns to Dr. Hunter will allow us to provide a remedy to your problem quickly and efficiently.
A virtual visit can also be helpful if you’re experiencing minor pain or discomfort or have questions regarding your treatment plan. In many cases, our team is able to review and assess any damage and make suggestions with a virtual visit alone. We can also walk you through any home remedies, for anything from irritations to loose brackets. However, if we determine your situation is a true emergency, of course Dr. Hunter will schedule an in-office visit with minimal staff present to keep everyone safe and healthy.
How you can avoid emergencies
While our office is closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s important that you take every possible precaution to avoid orthodontic emergencies. If you’re a current patient, be sure to continue following all of our recommendations for taking good care of your teeth, braces, and other appliances. This includes:
- Avoiding any foods that are sticky or crunchy that can damage your braces
- Brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time
- Flossing every night before bed
- Wearing a mouthguard when participating in any at-home sports
- Informing us of any broken or damaged equipment
- Keeping all Invisalign aligners clean and safely stored when you’re not wearing them
Taking extra precautions during this time will help protect your smile investment long-term. Remember: this won’t last forever. Doing what you can now to prevent any accidents now will pay off when you get your braces removed and see your beautiful new smile for the first time!
Care for your smile from the comfort of your home with Hunter Family Orthodontics
At Hunter Family Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing you with the best possible care, even from a distance. Thanks to virtual visits and consultations, you can still get started on creating your perfect smile. Whether you’re already a member of the Hunter Family Orthodontics family or are just looking to take the first steps, we’re here to help find the treatment that’s best for you! It’s our goal to remain accessible while keeping you, your family, and our team safe and healthy.
If you’re ready to find out how you can get started on the path to your dream smile without leaving your home, schedule your virtual consultation today!