Orthodontic Treatment in the Era of COVID-19
Thank you for your continued trust in our practice. As with the transmission of any communicable disease like a cold or the flu, you may be exposed to COVID-19, also known as “Coronavirus,” at any time or in any place. Be assured that we have always followed state and federal regulations and recommended universal personal protection and disinfection protocols to limit transmission of all diseases in our office and continue to do so.
Despite our careful attention to sterilization, disinfection, and use of personal barriers, there is still a chance that you could be exposed to an illness in our office, just as you might be at your gym, grocery store, or favorite restaurant. “Social Distancing” nationwide has reduced the transmission of the Coronavirus. Although we have taken measures to provide social distancing in our practice, due to the nature of the procedures we provide, it is not possible to maintain social distancing between the patient, orthodontist, orthodontic staff and sometimes other patients at all times.
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We hope you and your family are in good health!
VanLaecken Orthodontics will be reopening our offices with limited appointment types and a limited number of patients in the clinic at one time beginning May 11th, 2020. Between now and then, our doctors are seeing emergency and urgent care appointments they were not able to treat over the past few weeks. If you had a regularly scheduled appointment next week you will be receiving appointment reminders or cancellations as they apply to your appointment.
Your first appointment back will be assigned to you and sent in a text or email reminder (whichever you have set up with us as your preference). Since we have hundreds of appointments to reschedule, each being important to our team and to your custom treatment plan, we appreciate you doing everything possible to make the assigned appointment time and date work. We will have limited options for rescheduling during this time. We are scheduling each patient in the order they should have been seen prior to COVID-19 closures. After this initial appointment, we will hopefully be able to work with you in scheduling according to your preferences again! Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work to serve your needs and others while also maintaining a safe environment during this unique time. You may notice some changes in the office when it is time for your next appointment:
We are fortunate in orthodontics to have a limited number of appointments that require the use of a high-speed handpiece (and therefore create aerosol spray). The appointments that do require the use of these handpieces will be on a modified schedule for the time being and we have special suction devices to further limit the aerosol as we return to those appointments. Rest assured that the strict sterilization protocols we have always employed will remain in force with additional wipe-downs and precautions being taken according to the guidance of the American Dental Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Association of Orthodontists. Should new infection control guidelines be issued as a result of COVID-19, we will implement them immediately.
Thank you for being so patient with us during this complicated time. Know that our goal of individualized treatment ending in a beautiful, confident smile for each of our patients has not changed and despite this delay, our entire team remains committed to achieving this in the least amount of time possible for each of our patients. Because a smile is more contagious than any virus!
Together & Forward,
The VanLaecken Orthodontics Team
Aberdeen Office | 631 S. Roosevelt St., Aberdeen, SD 57401 | Phone: 605-226-3120
Watertown Office | 600 4th St. N.E., Suite 103, Watertown, SD 57201 | Phone: 605-882-1500
Milbank Office | 102 W. 4th Ave., Suite 2, Milbank, SD 57252 | Phone: 605-432-5011
Brookings Office | 604 Medary Ave. S., Brookings, SD 57006 | Phone: 605-692-7063
VanLaecken Orthodontics is an orthodontist based in Eastern South Dakota. We provide the highest quality of orthodontic and temporal mandibular joint treatments including Invisalign. We are the most experienced Invisalign provider in South Dakota.