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March 18, 2020

 

Given the outbreak of COVID-19, your orthodontist may have made the difficult, but important, decision to postpone any non-emergent appointments. You can be assured that this decision was not made lightly but was made to protect patients, staff and families.   

Given the closure, you may have a few questions.  

Will this delay my treatment? 
We know part of successful orthodontic treatment is showing up for your appointments. If that’s not an option under these unusual circumstances, it’s okay. Don’t panic. Though your appointments are scheduled out to achieve maximum success, this hiccup shouldn’t have much of an impact on your overall treatment plan. Given the situation, your orthodontist will work hard to get your treatment plan back on track when they reopen.  
You can help keep treatment on track by following your orthodontist’s directions, avoiding hard and sticky foods and keeping your teeth clean.  With limited appointments available, now is not the time to be breaking brackets, and keeping your teeth clean will ensure the best possible result.
What now?  
Make sure to stay in contact with your orthodontist about when they plan to reopen and get any appointments you’re going to miss rescheduled. For many offices, information regarding this is available on practices’ Facebook pages and/or websites.
A timeline as to when they reopen may be up-in-the-air, but you can rest assured they are making decisions with your best interest in mind.  
My orthodontist said they will continue “essential dental care.” What does that mean?  
If you have an urgent need during this time, such as pain or injury, your orthodontist will likely be available for emergency appointments. Please contact their office to determine the best course of action for your specific situation. 
There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, but what’s one thing we know for sure?  
Your orthodontist looks forward to seeing you back in our office soon! 
For more information on AAO guidelines during this unprecedented time, visit aaoinfo.org/virus.  
March 15, 2020
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In light of what is going on in our community and the world, we want to let you know what we are doing to protect our patients and staff.  Our offices are currently open on our normal schedule.  However, effective immediately, we would like to limit the amount of traffic coming in and out of the office.

• To minimize the number of people in our office, we request that you not bring siblings, friends, or relatives to your orthodontic appointment.

• When parents are accompanying children, we ask that only one parent, rather than both, attend with your child.

• Some families desire that their children be seen without an adult present in the office (for example, a parent may wait in the car).  We strongly encourage you to do so.  Please assume that no treatment update from us is good news and that your child’s treatment is advancing normally. We will contact you as needed for any treatment updates.

• If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do not come to the office.  Please call us and we will gladly reschedule your appointment.

• If you have traveled to a high-risk area known to have COVID-19 or have been on a cruise in the last 14 days, please call the office to reschedule your appointment until after you have at least 14 days of being symptom free.

• If you have known exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please call to reschedule your appointment. 

Unlike many public environments, our office remains a very safe space to continue administering care, as we are constantly disinfecting our facility and equipment by following CDC, and State of Illinois regulations and recommendations pertaining to dental care settings.

In addition to our standard levels of sterilization and disinfection after every patient visit, our team is disinfecting common areas frequently, including waiting room chairs, front desk and brushing station.

Fortunately, routine orthodontic care seldom carries with it any urgency.  Please rest assured that should the changing environment require a deferring of appointments, or our office hours require alteration, your orthodontic treatment will not suffer any significant delay.  Although we are hopeful that it will not be necessary, should it become prudent to delay office operations for any reason, we will be able to continue your treatment unabated as such time that operations return to normal.

We thank you for your time in reviewing this update, and remind you to keep calm and wash your hands.  We will get through this together.

Sincerely
Dr. Varble and the entire team at Varble Orthodontics.

By Varble Orthodontics
December 16, 2013
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Welcome to the Blog of Varble Orthodontics

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a orthodontist in the Jerseyville, IL area, we’re excited you are here. With the orthodontic industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote orthodontic awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including orthodontic news, advancements in orthodontic technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best orthodontic health. 

As always, feel free to contact one of our offices with any orthodontic questions or concerns.

-- Varble Orthodontics