There are many things that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that we previously have taken for granted. One of these things is dentistry. While you may only see your dentist every few months for routine visits, you never know when an emergency will occur, as many people have found out during COVID-19-related lockdowns.
With the spread of COVID-19, limitations have been put in place in many areas across the United States, and the world. As a result, patients have not been able to easily consult and be treated by their dentists.
Although the threat of the pandemic may have stopped you from seeing your dentist in the conventional sense, there are still some things that you can do to help take care of your teeth during the healthcare crisis.
In this article, we will take a look at the way that dentistry has continued and advanced during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how you can straighten your teeth, even during any COVID-19 lockdowns.
What is TeleDentistry?
TeleDentistry is described by the American TeleDentistry Association as being the use of electronic imaging, information, and communication technologies to diagnose, consult, and treat dental patients. Through these digital consultations, it is possible to provide education and support to patients.
How Does TeleDentistry Work?
TeleDentistry often involves communications via phone and/or video calls between a patient and his or her dentist. It can involve the sharing of dental records, x-rays, photos, and prescriptions via digital means.
A dentist is able to dispense advice and recommendations for dental treatment through the use of teledentistry. Dentists can also answer any questions relating to dental care as well as referring patients for further support from a dental specialist. All of this can be done while sitting in the comfort of your home.
Use of TeleDentistry during the Pandemic
In an emergency situation, teledentistry can be handy. The dentist can assess your dental needs, and let you know exactly what you need to do and whether you need to be seen in-office.
During the pandemic, it is not just serious dental emergencies that have become problematic. Since it is not known exactly how long the pandemic will last and affect patient’s dental needs, there is a danger of delaying appointments and dental treatment. An additional concern is dealing with the immense backlog that a complete lockdown brings. Teledentistry can be useful in helping dentists see patients for routine checkups. Without these routine visits to the dentist, there will likely be a higher volume of people needing emergency dental work later.
What Are the Additional Benefits of Teledentistry During the Pandemic?
Teledentistry also works well because there is no need to have in-office staff. During the pandemic, with social distancing in place across all businesses, having fewer people in one space is safer. In addition, by consulting via teledentistry, there is no need for the dentist to use valuable PPE, such as gloves and masks, during the time of great demand for such equipment because there is no physical contact with the patient.
What Are the Treatment Options For Online Dentistry?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists have needed to adapt and provide greater online services. Some of the services offered include teeth whitening kits and toothbrush and toothpaste subscriptions. One of the major changes that you can make to your oral health during the lockdown is use of teeth aligners provided online.
Online Teeth Alignment During Lockdown
The idea of at-home teeth whitening is not new, but you may not have considered at-home teeth straightening as something that can be done without visiting a dentist in person.
ALIGNERCO has a revolutionary way of straightening teeth without the need to leave your home.
The current pandemic situation has affected everyone’s lives in so many ways. For many people, it has been an opportunity to look at themselves and see what they want to change. This might mean learning a new language, decluttering their home, developing new employment skills, or addressing health and well-being issues. It is no surprise that there has been a growing interest in the general well-being market and specifically in the oral care sector.
However, with dentists’ offices having limited hours, ALIGNERCO has still been here to help people with all of their teeth alignment needs. And, being online, it means that everyone can access this high-quality service without leaving the comfort and safety of their home.
The online model makes it ideal for people wanting to improve the alignment of their teeth, namely to straighten them, and the competitive price point of ALIGNERCO’s at-home teeth aligners makes them more accessible than many other similar treatment options.
How Does Online Teeth Alignment Work?
Online teeth alignment is a straight-forward way to straighten teeth. The beauty of doing this during lockdown is that you’ll be spending more time at home so you’ll have the time to be able to comfortably go through the process.
To start the online teeth alignment process, you order an impression kit from us. Once you have that kit, you take an impression of your teeth as they currently are. Once this is complete, you send the impressions back to us and our team of specialized experts use it to create a unique set of aligners designed for your teeth.
After you receive your specially made aligners, you will immediately start wearing them. One option is to wear these invisible aligners only while you sleep. And, after wearing them while sleeping each night for about eight to ten hours, treatment can be completed in six to eight months. Another option is to wear them all day except for when eating. Either way you choose, in a short time after starting to wear the aligners, you will see the straightness of your teeth visibly improve.
You wear each set of aligners for 10 days, after which time you replace them with a new set, until treatment is complete.
Make Time to Straighten Your Teeth Now
While lockdown measures and social distancing are still in place all over the world, and nobody knows quite how long the COVID-19 pandemic will affect our lives, there has never been a better time to straighten your teeth and get the smile that you want.
Get in touch today to find out how ALIGNERCO can help you with your teeth straightening needs.