Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. For more COVID related information click here.

Six Month Braces in John’s Island, SC

If you have been searching for a discreet way to straighten your smile, our team would love to discuss six month braces with you. Six month braces are not only faster than traditional braces, but they’re also more comfortable, and they can even be cheaper because of the faster treatment time. Schedule your six month braces consultation with our team today!

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What are six month braces?

Powerprox Six Month Braces® are an excellent alternative to clunky metal braces that stand out against the teeth. It used to be that if you wanted straighter teeth, your options were limited to grey metal brackets that were big and uncomfortable, and they could take up to two years or longer to give you the smile you desired. Now, thanks to modern technology and advancements in orthodontics, you can utilize much smaller, clear braces that are virtually unnoticeable on the teeth. They also reposition the teeth much faster than traditional braces, but they are still very safe and effective.

Why do six month braces straighten faster than traditional braces?

Contrary to popular belief, straightening teeth quickly and efficiently does not involve making the braces super tight to force the teeth to move faster. In fact, making braces too tight is not only painful, but it can have the opposite effect on a patients’ treatment plan. If too much force is applied to the teeth, bruising can occur underneath the gums, making it very difficult for the teeth to move again until the bruising has healed, which can sometimes take weeks. Six month braces work to gently move the teeth continuously, which allows the average treatment time for patients to be around six months.

Are six month braces more painful than traditional braces?

Because of the low force that is used, combined with the sleek design of the braces themselves, six month braces do tend to be less painful than traditional braces. However, you can expect to feel a little pain or tenderness when you begin using an orthodontic treatment of any kind. Your teeth are not used to being moved, so if you do experience some pain or discomfort, there are a few home remedies that can help. Using ice packs, eating cold foods, or taking over-the-counter pain medication can usually provide some relief. If you are still experiencing a lot of pain or discomfort after one week, let our team know so we can help.

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Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
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  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
    
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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