Coronavirus Update

**Please check back regularly as we will be providing updates as they become available.**

 

3/19/2020

Today, Governor Walz issued an executive order mandating that all non-essential and elective surgical and dental procedures be postponed for the duration of the peacetime emergency, which currently lasts through mid-April. If you have an appointment scheduled at our office during this time, we will contact you to find a new time for you.

The governor's order defines essential procedures are those necessary to prevent a threat to one's life or permanent dysfunction to the organs, including teeth and jaws. Fortunately, in orthodontics we rarely encounter such situations. While this means we will be unable to see you in person for the time being, we won't leave you hanging! If you're having discomfort, have a question about your treatment, or just want to check in, we are at your service. Read the post below to learn how to schedule a virtual checkup with Dr. Becky or Dr. Kyle!

 

3/18/2020

Although our offices are currently closed, we're still here for you! Dr. Becky and Dr. Kyle will be holding VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS from 9am to 2pm Monday through Friday. Let us know which doctor you need to reach by calling us at 320-255-1111 or dropping us a message on Instagram or Facebook. We'll give you Dr. Becky's or Dr. Kyle's number.

Wash your hands and then follow the instructions in the video below to take five pictures of you teeth. Text the photos to your doctor along with your name and questions. They'll let you know what you can do to keep you on your way to a fantastic smile!

 

3/17/2020

Dear Friends,

The health of our patients, team and community is our top priority. Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, our offices will be closed through at least March 31st, 2020. This is consistent with current guidance from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, which recommends postponing non-emergent dental care for two weeks.

During this time, we will be working diligently to develop a safe and effective plan to safely resume clinical operations. If you have an appointment scheduled in the next two weeks, we will be contacting you to reschedule it to a later date. If you have an emergency and are in pain, please call our office and we will assist you.

For our patients who are currently wearing aligners, retainers or elastics, we want you to minimize the number of times you insert or remove them. Make sure you are washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds beforehand. If you prefer, you have permission to discontinue elastic wear in the interim. However, retainers and aligners should at least be worn at night to prevent unwanted tooth movement.

We realize this closure is an inconvenience. However, we want to take the time to ensure proper protective measures are in place in order to minimize potential exposure to and transmission of this virus. We are confident it is the right thing to do. Our aim is to keep you, our team and the community safe and healthy!

—Dr. Becky, Dr. Kyle and the team at Central Minnesota Orthodontics