COVID-19 | Instructions for Patients + Virtual Appointments

We have developed this webpage to help assist our patients in active orthodontic treatment or retention during our mandated COVID-19 closure. We have also included downloadable PDF’s below for your convenience. 

 

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 For more information or for individual questions, feel free to text us anytime at 289.205.4999!

Walt Orthodontics Instructions for Patients

1. Invisalign

  • Continue to wear and change your aligners as prescribed. 
  • If you have reached a HOLD on your bag, please text us and ask if you can move onto the next aligner.
  • If you have run out of aligners, do NOT stop wearing them.
  • Once finished all your aligners, wear your last pair for a minimum of 12 hours until you see us next.
  • If you lose or break that aligner, make sure you go to the previous one.
  • Continue elastics as prescribed. If you run out, let us know and we can mail you more.
  • Brush your teeth and keep your mouth clean.

2. Braces

  • Continue elastics as prescribed. If you run out, let us know and we can mail you more.
  • If you have a poky wire, see if you can trim it using cuticle scissors or a nail clipper. Use wax for temporary relief.
  • If you have a bracket that breaks, it is OK! We will fix it at your next appointment.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods.
  • Brush your teeth, use floss threaders, and keep your mouth clean!

3. Carriere Appliance

  • Continue elastics as prescribed. If you run out, let us know and we can mail you more.
  • We will be in touch about scheduling a Virtual Appointment to advise you of the next steps.
  • Brush your teeth and keep your mouth clean.

4. Expander

  • Continue to do your turns as prescribed.
  • Once you have done your turns, please schedule a Virtual Appointment so that we can advise you of the next steps. 
  • Brush your teeth and keep your mouth clean.

5. Retainers

  • Keep wearing them as prescribed! 
  • If you lose or break your retainer let us know – with scanning and 3D printing technology we can print your last retainer and mail it to you!
  • If you have any questions, please schedule a Virtual Appointment so that we can advise you of the next steps.

If you are unsure what to do, please complete the Virtual Appointment section below.

Walt Orthodontics Virtual Appointments

During our mandated COVID-19 closure, we are working on ways to stay connected and support our patients who are in active orthodontic treatment as much as possible. Again, we apologize for not being able to schedule you a physical appointment during these uncertain times but have come up with a “Virtual Appointment” to help monitor your treatment and address any concerns you may have. 

The process is quite easy and it involves two steps:

1. Take Photos

Using spoons (to retract your lips and cheeks) and your mobile phone, take 5 photos as shown below:

2. Text the photos to us: 289.205.4999

 

Tips for having great photos:

  • Have a friend take the photos for you.
  • Make sure your flash is on.
  • Try and capture just your mouth/teeth if possible.
  • Relax your lips – don’t make them tense!
  • IMPORTANT: keep your teeth together while taking the photos and make sure to bite on your back teeth.

For more assistance with taking photos, please refer to this video.

Our team and Dr. Walt or Matta will then review your photos and get back to you within 1 business day. For some in-person appointments that we had to cancel we may reach out and ask you to complete a Virtual Appointment. Alternatively, you may complete a Virtual Appointment any time at your convenience.

 

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In-Person Consultation

Use our handy online scheduler below to choose the date and time that works best for your initial complimentary consultation appointment!

Alternatively, please contact our office directly by phone/text if you are trying to book multiple consultations at the same time or are seeking consultation further out than 12 weeks.

Please note – If none of the available times on our online scheduler work for you we do have other consultation times available. Please contact us directly for more information.

Virtual Consultation

Skip the office visit and have your free consultation from the comfort of your home. The start to your beautiful smile is just a few photos and clicks away.

Virtual Consultation

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