Summer is finally here!
While this summer may look a little different than previous years, there are ways you and your family can enjoy the sunshine, great outdoors, and all the little things in between.
Here at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we want to help our patients and their families make the most of their summer vacation. If you or your child has braces, here’s what you need to know about orthodontic care this summer!
Schedule Your Family’s Dental Cleanings
As dental offices begin reopening across Scotia, NY, and Schenectady County, now is the time to schedule your next dental cleaning. Because of new safety measures in place for COVID-19, your dentist may be limiting the number of patients they treat in the office at one time.
Call your dentist’s office to see how far in advance they’re scheduling dental cleanings and checkups. If you can, try to book an appointment for the entire family so everyone can have their teeth cleaned and checked out in one visit.
Appointments for New Patients
If you’re interested in orthodontic care for you or your child, call our office at 518-372-3424. We are currently accepting new patients who are interested in braces, Invisalign, early orthodontic treatment, and other services.
Hoskinson Orthodontics has made some changes to how we operate in response to COVID-19. Because we are limiting the number of patients we see at one time, our office asks new patients to call as soon as possible. That way, we can make arrangements so you’re able to meet with our orthodontist and take the next steps towards treatment.
Participate in Our Face Mask Contest!
To practice safety and make light of our current situation, Hoskinson Orthodontics is holding a Face Mask Contests for patients of ALL ages! Participants can show off their decorated/stylish mask by wearing them to their next appointment or uploading their photos and tagging us on Facebook or Instagram.
There’s no shortage of ways you can decorate a face mask － and you don’t need to be a professional sewer, either!
You can paint and marker a design on a utility mask (otherwise known as a disposable dust mask). You can also glue on rhinestones, sequins, embellishments, and other paper crafting supplies.
Put your sewing skills to the test by attaching ribbon, colored threading, or felt to your face mask. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, create DIY masks and participate in our contest! For ideas and inspiration, check out these projects and video tutorials.
Enjoy Braces-Friendly Summer Foods
Even though you shouldn’t bite into a frozen popsicle or a corn-on-the-cob with braces, there are still ways to enjoy all the best summer foods!
Those with braces can indulge in soft, easy-to-chew foods like ice cream, cubed watermelon, and sliced fresh vegetables. When eating shish kabobs, ribs, steaks, or other meats, be sure to enjoy these foods with a fork and knife. Avoid biting into hard icy treats, taffy, pizza crust, popcorn, and until your braces come off, you will have to enjoy corn-OFF-the-cob for the time being.
Understanding Orthodontic Care This Summer
A lot of changes have happened in our community in the last few months. At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we want all of our patients to have the best summer possible, and we’re here to make your orthodontic treatment plan easy, safe, and worthwhile.
If you have questions about orthodontic care or need to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today!
With changes happening everyday in our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, Hoskinson Orthodontics is taking steps to ensure the safety of our patients, workers, and their families.
While the residents of Scotia, NY have had to adjust to a new norm in their daily lives, so will small businesses and health clinics throughout our community. As areas and communities begin reopening across New York in the weeks ahead, Hoskinson Orthodontics is taking preventative, proactive measures to ensure we can treat patients in a safe environment.
Despite the new set of circumstances we all face, the team at Hoskinson Orthodontics is looking forward to seeing our patients (in face masks and all.) Here’s what you can expect at your next orthodontist appointment!
Adherence to Safety Rules & Guidelines
Infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. With new updates and safety measures around COVID-19 happening everyday, our practice continues to follow infection control procedures and practice management guidelines set in place by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Our staff will monitor new updates on safety rules and guidelines. Our staff will also monitor our symptoms every day, wash our hands, and practice good hygiene in all of our daily operations. We will continue to make careful use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and utilize the necessary equipment and supplies to keep our staff and patients safe.
What You Can Expect at Your Orthodontist Appointment
During the COVID-19 outbreak, patients can expect to see some changes in the way we operate here at Hoskinson Orthodontics. These new changes are in place to limit contact between our staff and patients.
Prior to your orthodontist appointment, you can complete your patient forms online. Our office will ask you a set of screening questions before your appointment, as well. When you arrive at our office on the day of your appointment, you will be asked those same questions again.
Maintaining social distancing between patients is our utmost priority when scheduling appointments. This means we will have to cut down on the number of patients we see in a day. There will be fewer options available when scheduling your appointment. Our staff is available to work around your schedule and allot enough time so you’re seen with minimal waiting time in our office.
Before entering our facility, one of our staff members will greet you in the parking lot to take your temperature. All patients are required to wear a mask before entering. We will also provide hand sanitizer for you to apply before entering, and we will also have sanitizer available throughout our facility.
If you are bringing your child or relative to their appointment, we recommend that you wait in the parking lot. We will reduce the number of patients allowed in the reception area at any one time, and we will no longer offer magazines and children’s toys in our waiting room.
How to Keep Yourself Safe at Home
We understand that the COVID-19 outbreak and need for social distancing has created challenges for our orthodontic patients. While we will be able to schedule appointments for all of our patients, we will also be striving to minimize non-emergency appointments as much as possible. To do this, our team is prepared to communicate with our patients and help them take care of their braces and oral appliances at home.
At home, it’s essential to keep tools and supplies handy to address common orthodontic issues. These include:
- Orthodontic relief wax
- Dental floss
- Disinfected tweezers
- Proxy brush
- Non-prescription pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
- Topical anesthetic
Our office is open to answer your questions should you or your child encounter any issues, such as protruding wire, mouth irritation and discomfort, or lost “O” ring. We will work closely with you on the phone or over a tele-medicine appointment to help you address the issue until you are able to be seen in our office.
Making the Most out of Your Orthodontist Appointment
As always, Hoskinson Orthodontics encourages our patients to practice good oral hygiene and maintenance on their braces and oral appliances. If you experience any problems, have questions, or need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoskinson, please call our office today.
During this unprecedented time, Hoskinson Orthodontics is committed to keeping our patients safe and making your orthodontic treatment plan as easy, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. To help add some light and laughter during this time, we will be holding a Face Mask Competition for all of our patients!