The Benefits of Virtual Orthodontic Consultations

The Benefits of virtual orthodontic consultations!


We understand that trips to the orthodontist can be hard to fit into your busy schedule at the best of times. Now, with the Covid-19 pandemic, you may be finding it even more difficult to visit the office in person.

virtual appointments

Karla M. Alvarado, DMD, MSD, and the rest of the Plymouth Orthodontics team are dedicated to helping patients both in-office and out. Our practice offers comprehensive orthodontic services to give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of. This includes in-person appointments when necessary, virtual appointments, and communication with Smile Snap to help you start or continue your orthodontic journey while at home!

The team at Plymouth Orthodontics is proud to be offering in-person AND virtual appointments to our patients. It has been quite a while since we have been able to see you for regular check-ups, and we miss you all! As of June 8th, we are able to start seeing all of our patients in person, whether it’s an emergency or not. We are taking the necessary precautions to keep all of you safe.

Although we would love to see everyone back in the office, we understand that you might not feel comfortable coming in – whether that’s because you’re more at risk, or you live with someone who is. If you’re interested in coming into the Plymouth Ortho office to see us, please refer to our website to learn about what we’ve been doing to keep you safe and what we expect you to do.

If you’re interested in coming into the Plymouth Ortho office to see us, please refer to our website to learn about what we’ve been doing to keep you safe and what we expect you to do.

Benefits

Virtual appointments allow us to continue to help you with your orthodontic journey, while giving you the protection you need, saving time, alleviating stress, and getting quick estimates without inconveniencing you. Virtual appointments are helping Plymouth Orthodontics make sure you and your family stay safe by facilitating the same treatment as always – just from your home. The team at Plymouth Orthodontics wants to make sure our patients that are caring for children or the elderly, are pregnant or are immunocompromised are as safe as possible during this time.

smile snap

Our Smile Snap consults also are very quick. They happen when you have a few minutes to submit your info, and then Dr. Alvarado and the rest of the Plymouth Orthodontics team get back to you! Find out if orthodontics are right for you and your life without spending the time to commute and spend an hour at a consult.

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Plymouth  Orthodontics is using Smile Snap to facilitate our virtual orthodontic appointments. Smile Snap is a user-friendly way to communicate with us by sending us information and pictures of your smile while you are safe at home! This works completely with your schedule, allowing you to start or continue your smile journey without even having to leave your home. This also gives you the opportunity to decide if orthodontic treatment is for you, without having to take time off work. We are with you every step of the way through great technology. Learn more about Smile Snap and schedule your virtual consult here.

Learn more about Smile Snap and schedule your virtual consult here.

Want more expert tips from Dr. Karla Alvarado, peeks behind the scenes, and all the latest news from Plymouth Orthodontics? Send us an email!

are you ready to set up a consultation?

Our free consultations have been filling up fast, so reserve yours ASAP! You’ll find out first hand why so many other people just like you are choosing Plymouth Orthodontics to straighten their smiles! Now that you know exactly what to expect, you’re well prepared to come in. Give us a call or complete our online form to schedule now!

Handling Orthodontic Issues at Home!

Caring for braces during Corona Virus & social distancing

Caring for your braces during Corona Virus

During this prolonged period of time we are all spending at home, it is possible that you may have an orthodontic problem. No need to worry! Our office may be temporarily closed, but we are still here for you over the phone during normal business hours. 

Call our office during normal business hours M-F 8-5pm and you can speak to a team member and we can handle any issues over the phone.

There are some things that we can suggest you do if you find yourself in discomfort, however, you should always call us to share what is happening with your orthodontic treatments. 

Tools you can count on: 

  • Orthodontic relief wax 
  • Dental floss 
  • Disinfected tweezers 
  • Q-tips 
  • Salt
  • Interproximal brush 
  • Toothpicks 
  • Non-prescription pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) 
  • Topical Anesthetic (Orabase or Ora-Gel)

Have you lost an O-Ring?

The O-ring is that tiny rubber band, or sometimes a metal ligature, that holds the orthodontic wire to the brace. If the rubber band comes off, you can use disinfected tweezers to put it back in place. If the metal ligature comes off or loosens, just remove it with the tweezers. If the wire ligature is sticking out and irritating your lip, it can be bent in with a q-tip or clean pencil eraser. If your metal ligature is sticking out or causing any problems, notify us and we can come up with a plan for repair.

Are you having any sort of discomfort?

Having discomfort during orthodontic treatment is to be expected, however it should not last more than a couple days. The age old trick of gargling warm salt water helps to clean and relieve minor pains. Over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen help to relieve discomfort. Always call us if your discomfort lasts any longer than a couple days.

Oh no, a protruding wire!

Sometimes the end of a wire can work itself out of the bracket and start to irritate your mouth. Use a Q-tip or tweezers to attempt to push it flat with the face of your tooth. If the wire is not cooperating, cover it with relief wax. If you’re having issues with wires, we are available during normal business hours to discuss possible solutions. 

Mouth Sores = No Fun!

Some patients get mouth sores, while some do not. Braces are not the cause of these mouth sores, however irritation from the wires or brackets may further aggravate the mouth sores. Using a cotton swab to apply a topical anesthetic (like Ora-gel or Orabase) to the sore as needed can provide relief. If after a couple days, the discomfort has not subsided, call the office to talk about options. 

Mouth Irritation?

It’s not unheard of for braces or the wires that come with them to cause a sense of discomfort to the mouth, especially when eating. Using a small amount of orthodontic relief wax between the metal and mouth creates a great barrier for relief. All you need is a pea size amount of wax, roll it into a ball, flatten the ball and place it over the entire irritating area. Wax can be purchased from any drugstore if you run out. 

Loose braces, brackets or bands?

If your braces or bands start to loosen in any way, call Plymouth Orthodontics anytime Monday through Friday, from 8-5 and we will help you fix your issue in the best way possible. 

 

We may not be able to meet in our office at the moment, but Plymouth Orthodontics is still here for you during your orthodontic treatment. Your smile journey is important to us! 

Orthodontic Treatment Is an Option for Children and Adults Alike

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IS AN OPTION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE!


Dr. Karla Alvarado and Plymouth Orthodontics offer options to straighten smiles with braces and Invisalign for children AND adults!

Because children still are growing, childhood is the most effective time to get orthodontic care done. However, we know sometimes it just doesn’t happen when we’re children – and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Deciding to improve your smile when you’re an adult is not as uncommon as you think. The American Association of Orthodontists notes that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18.

Straightening your smile benefits more than just your appearance. Having crooked teeth can cause cavities, trouble with speaking, decreased oral health and other issues. Straightening your smile with braces or Invisalign can make cleaning your teeth just plain easier to do. If your teeth are easier to clean, then bad breath, cavities, and gingivitis can be problems of the past. Aside from dental hygiene, often crooked teeth can cause a bad bite. Having an overbite or underbite can trigger jaw pain, worn or cracked teeth, or even exposed nerves in the mouth – not fun! These issues can get worse with time, so it’s important to catch them early on.

Braces

Dr. Karla Alvarado of Plymouth Orthodontics in Plymouth, MA may recommend braces for children and adults. Despite the new options out there for orthodontic care, braces remain a popular and effective way to fix your smile. Braces do a great job of straightening your smile, correcting your bite, and improving your oral health.

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Braces are one of the most common ways to straighten teeth for people of all ages. Braces are an answer for cases of overcrowding, overbites or underbites – and one of the most effective and powerful methods of treatment that Plymouth Orthodontics offers. Unlike our mobile phones or keys that always seem to be lost somewhere, braces are attached to your teeth, so they can’t be lost or misplaced.

For children, you can’t forget the fun of picking out color bands to put on for the next few weeks! With braces, your child can change the colors of his or her brackets at appointments – switching colors with the seasons or a changing mood. Adults don’t miss out on all the fun, either. There are more subdued color options, if you’re not feeling flashy.

Are you still concerned about the appearance of braces? Clear or ceramic braces work the same as traditional metal braces, but are much less noticeable. Instead of silver metal, clear or tooth-colored brackets are placed on your teeth to hold the wires in place. Even though they’re barely noticeable, clear braces offer many of the same benefits as traditional metal braces – lower cost, durability, and 24/7 treatment. If you prefer a less noticeable treatment, Plymouth Orthodontics may recommend clear braces – or may suggest Invisalign.

invisalign

Invisalign at Plymouth Orthodontics is an appealing option for many reasons. Invisalign is a clear alignment tray that works discreetly as you work, play, sleep, and live! Since the aligners are removable, there’s no need to alter your diet or work harder at cleaning food from your braces. And whenever it’s time for the next step of your treatment plan, simply swap trays – no need to come into the office to have your wires adjusted.

START YOUR INVISALIGN JOURNEY TODAY!

Dr. Karla Alvarado at Plymouth Orthodontics in Plymouth, MA makes sure that Invisalign will improve your smile with little to no interruption of your normal routines. There is no worry about what you can or cannot eat, like with braces. Just remove the clear aligners and eat or drink whatever you choose! Struggles with learning how to brush and floss with braces are a thing of the past with Invisalign. Just brush and floss your teeth as usual. You don’t need to worry about wearing your Invisalign trays while playing sports, since they can act like a very thin mouthguard while you make the winning goal. Probably the most desired benefit is how discreet they are to wear in your daily life. No one even notices you have them – until they see your final smile shine! 

Whatever option you choose, Dr. Alvarado and the rest of the team at Plymouth Orthodontics will give you all the help and advice you need to get the best results from your orthodontic treatment. 

Want more expert tips from Dr. Karla Alvarado, peeks behind the scenes, and all the latest news from Plymouth Orthodontics? Send us an email!

are you ready to set up a consultation?

Our free consultations have been filling up fast, so reserve yours ASAP! You’ll find out first hand why so many other people just like you are choosing Plymouth Orthodontics to straighten their smiles! Now that you know exactly what to expect, you’re well prepared to come in. Give us a call or complete our online form to schedule now!