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Our Covid-19 Reopening Protocols

May 20th, 2020

To our current and future patients and parents,

First and again, we sincerely hope that everyone is healthy, well and safe.  Thankfully, all of us here at Altherr Orthodontics and our families have been doing well while we all have been home and our office closed.

Long story, short, we will be reopening back up!  Finally, right?  Our first day back will be Monday, June 8th.  Over the next 1-2 weeks, each of our patients and/or their parents will be receiving communications from our office to schedule your next visit with us.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have (hopefully temporary) changed some our patient/office interactions which include the following:

1) Only the patient and/or a parent will be permitted to enter and stay in our office during the patient's appointment.  No siblings will be able to stay in the office.  We humbly ask that you please keep any extra people in the car or at home.  We do this for your health, ours and our other patients'.

2) Prior to going much farther into our office, you will be asked some questions, your temperature will be checked and we will need you to please sign a new Covid-19 Informed consent document.  If your answers are such and if your temperature is greater than 100 degrees F, you will need to be rescheduled at least 2 weeks into the future.

3) Each patient will need to rinse with Listerine for 30 seconds, which will be witnessed by a member of our clinical team.

4) When scheduling your next visit, which is critical since we have missed some time during the quarantines, we will ask you to either call from your car or stand at least 6 feet away from the front desk (please don't congregate near the front desk).

We have put measures in place to minimize the transmission of any illness let alone SARS-CoV-2.  The above are part of this as well as additional aerosol capture, extra viral filtration, physical distancing of at least 6 feet between each patient, extra PPE for us, continued vigilent infection control and dedicated days and new equipment to help us minimize the amount of oral aerosols that can be generated and transmitted.

We genuinely appreciate your patience in understanding in our efforts to keep you safe as well as us.  We look forward to seeing you all in the near future!

Dr. Edward Altherr

Factors that can prolong your orthodontic treatment time

August 30th, 2019

This month (August) is always busy with folks either trying to get their braces on or off before school starts, and as exciting as it is to start making your SMILE better, it’s an even better day when your braces get to come off.  Unfortunately, we sometimes have some patients who aren’t able to get their braces removed before school starts, and there are often several reasons why.

  • Patient cooperation and even the family’s cooperation is often the most important factor in making orthodontic treatment finish on time, and also with a high quality result. So, if a patient takes really good care of their braces and doesn’t eat things that will break them, this helps.  A patient doing what they’re supposed to with wearing rubber bands or headgear for example will expedite treatment as well.  Parents, you are vitally important because you live with your children and also can oversee their compliance at home, and you are the ones that usually take them to and make their appointments.  So, if appointments are missed or things are not done at home, these things will delay treatment.
  • There is a difference in orthodontic treatment times from one orthodontist to the next because we are people, and each of us is unique in our own way. So, besides the difference in us as people, each orthodontist in a particular area or your town may have trained at a different dental school or post-graduate program.   Finally, each orthodontist has a different practice philosophy where some emphasize speed versus quality and some increase treatment times more for financing reasons instead of actual clinical, treatmen
  • Lastly, there are some occasions where orthodontic treatment just takes longer than your orthodontist had estimated through no fault of the patient or the doctor. Sometimes, teeth move a lot slower than anticipated or some erupt/come in a lot slower than expected.

For the most part for most orthodontic patients, if you do your part and get support from mom/dad if you are not an adult, this usually results in finishing your orthodontic treatment on time (and sometimes even earlier than expected) and with a great result.  If you are honestly not doing your part, then you know what you need to do.

Note: Dr. Edward Altherr is a board-certified orthodontist in private practice serving Apex, NC, and the surrounding towns/cities of Cary, Holly Springs, Morrisville and Fuquay-Varina.  Dr. Altherr’s training in orthodontics was at the prestigious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s program where we studied under many great orthodontic icons like Dr. William Proffitt and Dr. Camilla Tulloch.  During his orthodontic training, Dr. Altherr’s research and further focus was on the orthodontic treatment of the mixed-dentition (mix of baby and adult teeth in kids between 6 and 14 yo).  With his research and over 17 years of clinical orthodontic experience as of 2019, Dr. Altherr is considered an expert in mixed-dentition orthodontics and other areas of orthodontics like temporary skeletal anchors.  This web blog is for educational purposes only.  Dr. Altherr is licensed only in the state of North Carolina, and cannot diagnose and recommend orthodontic treatment over the phone or internet.

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