The latest information and advice from Armagh Orthodontic Clinic on Covid-19
We appreciate that you may be anxious about the risk from Covid-19 and we
would like to reassure
you that we
take your safety and that of our staff very seriously.
We have always had extremely high standards of infection control but we are taking additional measures to ensure that Armagh Orthodontic Clinic remains a safe place for all of our patients and staff and will continue to do so and play our part in limiting the risk of community transmission of the virus.
We do this by enforcing strict social distancing, the wearing of masks when in the building and rigorous cleaning.
Here are some of the changes that you will experience:
- We will be asking you some questions to screen for COVID-19
- When you arrive at the practice we will ask you to text or phone us to inform us of your arrival and wait in your car until we ask you to come inside. Walking patients will be required to observe social distancing in the waiting room
- Only one escort will be allowed to attend with patients and if a patient is able to attend on their own then it would be best that they are not accompanied
- Our toilets will not be in use so please use the toilet and brush your teeth before you come for your appointment
- You will be asked to sanitise your hands on entering and on leaving the building
- You will be asked to wear a mask or other face covering when inside the building. Our staff will also be wearing masks
- Please understand that while we will do our best for you, we may not be able to be as flexible as previously when booking your appointments and if you arrive late for your appointment we may not be able to see you
- If you are unable to attend for your apppointment please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on (0044) 2837 525665 to cancel your appointment giving at least 24 hours notice. We shall be happy to offer you an alternative appointment.
We encourage you to pay by card and for your convenience we have removed our minimum spend amount
All missed appointments will incur a missed appointment fee (minimum charge £40)
Please do not attend the clinic if:
- You are infected with the covid-19 virus
- Are self isolating
- If you have had a cough or fever or altered taste or smell within the last 7 days
- Have been told to self isolate as part of the test track and trace system
- Have been in close contact with anyone who the above apply to within the last 14 days.
If you do have concerns about your safety coming for orthodontic treatment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic please call email US at email@example.com or phone US on (0044) 2837 525665 and one of us will discuss your concerns with you and hopefully reassure you.
Here are some tips to help you take care of your teeth and appliance:
If you wear a fixed brace
- Make sure you avoid eating hard or sticky foods that can break your brace
- Make sure you avoid all fizzy drinks and keep sweet foods and drinks to a bare minimum
- If you are going to take sweet foods or drinks take them with meals and not in between meals
- If having a snack between meals stick to healthy foods such as cheese, fruit, yoghurt
- Remember to take extra care and spend extra time cleaning your teeth
- Use a fluoride mouthrinse every day to strengthen the enamel of your teeth and reduce the risk of enamel damage
If you wear Invisalign aligners
- If you are due to get new aligners we may be able to provide you with them depending on what stage in your treatment you are at so please contact us by phone or by email and we will be able to advise you whether or not we can give you your next set of aligners
- If you have reached the final day of your current set of aligners and we are unable to give you further aligners you can either continue to wear your current set full time as normal or alternatively you can change to wearing them just at nights: in this way they will act as retainers, keeping your teeth in their current positions until we are able to progress you to the next set of aligners.
If you are wearing a removable or functional brace
- Continue to wear your appliance as you have been instructed to
- Avoid eating hard or sticky food that may break it
- Maintain good oral hygiene (toothbrushing)
- If your brace is hurting you and you are unable to attend to have it checked, try to wear it part time (eg just during the day or just at night) so that the teeth do not move out of line