In times of rapid change with COVID-19, our commitment to our orthodontic patients in Miami remains our top priority.  We will do everything to ensure a safe practice environment.  Please see below for information about the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak and appointments at Orthodontics Only.

 

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Orthodontics Only has taken extraordinary measures to ensure we provide all of our patients and team members with the healthiest environment around. Your well being is our top priority and in order to provide the absolutely most safe environment, we have implemented new measures that will benefit us all. Please continue reading  to learn how your Orthodontic office is keeping you safe!

 

 

Keeping Your Family Healthy

 

  • We implemented a wonderful telemedicine protocol to allow for virtual consultations for numerous types of appointments, including new patient consultations.
  • To maximize social distancing while in our office, we request only patients enter at this time.  Children may have a maximum of one adult to accompany them.
  • A facemask will be required for all visitors.  If a visitor doesn’t have a facemask, we will gladly provide one.
  • All visitors will be asked to clean their hands upon entering using a touchless hand sanitizer dispenser OR wash their hands using our touchless soap dispenser, touchless faucet and touchless paper towel dispenser.
  • All visitors will have their temperature taken and will be asked to answer a brief questionnaire about their possible exposure to the coronavirus.
  • Any visitor with a symptom of COVID-19 or who has been in direct contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, will have their in-office appointment cancelled and will be reappointed with a virtual appointment.
  • All visitors must follow social distancing guidelines by staying 6 feet away from others.
  • All surfaces that visitors come in contact with in our office will be continually disinfected using a product on the EPA’s List N against SARS-CoV-2.

 

 

The Treehouse is the Healthiest Building Around

 

  • Our office building, we call the “Treehouse”, is LEED Platinum Certified.  This means an independent agency rated our building as among the healthiest buildings in the world.  Our office offers a healthier work environment via biophilic design, superior indoor air quality, non-toxic building materials, reduced pollution and increased energy efficiency.
  • Construction of our office prohibited the use of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and formaldehyde (NAUF). These two compounds are very common in traditional building materials and have been shown to cause harm and negative immune responses in humans.
  • Our building is among the few buildings in Florida to produce all of the electricity that it uses.  All of our electricity is generated via 188 solar panels on our roof.
  • Our landscaping boasts almost all native species as a way to enhance our local ecosystem and protect our local environment.  Irrigation for our landscaping comes from previously fallen rainwater captured on our roof and stored in our large underground water cistern.
  • Our office uses over 40% less water than the average office via ultra low-flow automatic faucets and toilets.
  • Over 45% of our building is made from recycled materials.  Recycled plastics were used to make our chairs, carpets and blinds.

 

Completely Non-Touch

 

  • All doors in our office allow for touchless opening and closing.
  • All faucets, soap dispensers, hand sanitizer dispensers and hand drying are touchless.
  • All forms and documents in our office are now completely digital and touchless.
  • All magazines and gaming controllers have been removed from our reception area.

 

The Purest Water

 

  • We utilize the most sophisticated dental water purification system on the market, the Sterisil G5, to ensure the highest level of water purification and disinfection for our patients.  Our water purification unit provide dental water that contains 50 times less microbes than are allowed by ADA, CDC, and EPA guidelines.  The Sterisil G5 utilizes a Class A UV light that kills 99.99% of viruses.

 

 

The Cleanest Air

 

  • Breath Deep.  Each room in our office now has the #1 Rated Air Purifier, IQAir HealthPro Plus.  The IQAir HealthPro Plus uses HyperHEPA filtration technology proven to be the safest, healthiest and most effective way to remove 99.5% of harmful ultrafine microbes down to 0.003 microns in size. This is 100 times smaller than what is achieved with normal HEPA filters and 10 times smaller than a virus.
  • We have implemented controlled directional airflow in our office.  This ensures the flow of air moves into the treatment areas and not the reverse.
  • Our air handling system is extremely advanced and utilizes enhanced hospital grade filtration.

 

 

The Safest Orthodontic Environment

 

  • All treatment chairs have a physical barrier between them.
  • All patients will have temperature measured before and after each visit.
  • All patients will be asked to rinse with Colgate Peroxyl (1.5% hydrogen peroxide) in the chair.  Rinsing with 1.5% hydrogen peroxide has been shown to reduce the possible viral load in the mouth by 93%-97%.
  • Our sophisticated controlled directional airflow ensures the flow of air moves into the treatment areas and not the reverse.
  • An intraoral high volume evacuator will be used during any aerosol generating procedures.
  • An extraoral high volume dental air purifier, IQAir HealthPro Plus FlexVac, will be used during any aerosol generating procedures.  This unit provides maximum infection control of airborne pathogens like bacteria and viruses as small as 0.003 microns.  As a comparison, the coronavirus is 0.125 microns.
  • The air returns inside treatment rooms, have individualized MERV16 filters.  A filter value of MERV16, is considered to provide the best air filtration possible to capture harmful pathogens.  MERV16 filters are also used in general surgery rooms.
  • All surfaces in the operatory will be continually disinfected using a product on the EPA’s List N against SARS-CoV-2.
  • All orthodontic instruments are sterilized using hospital grade sterilization procedures, as usual.  Instruments will pass through our ultrasonic cleaner for 10 minutes, will be bagged and then will pass through a cycle in our hospital grade autoclaves (Midmark M11 or Statim 5000).  All of our autoclaves are tested weekly by an independent agency to ensure their effectiveness in completely killing all viruses and bacteria.

 

 

The Safest Work Environment

 

  • Before starting work, all team members will have their temperature taken and will be asked to answer a brief questionnaire about their possible exposure to the coronavirus.  Any team member with an elevated temperature or any symptoms of COVID-19, will be asked to go home.
  • Our clinicians will all use a N95 respirator mask or equivalent.
  • Our clinicians will use a gown, face shield and shoe covers.
  • Our gowns and shoes used during patient care will be laundered and kept on site.

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To Our Patients and Families,

 

As your leading orthodontic practice in Miami, treating 30,000+ patients over the past 35+ years, our board certified doctors and team members continue to monitor the rapidly evolving impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Unwaveringly and without question, our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our patients, guests and team members.  We are fortunate to have strong partnerships with local hospitals, government agencies, police departments and fire rescue in our community.  As such, we are closely monitoring the statements and following the guidance and recommendations from Miami-Dade, Florida and federal health agencies on COVID-19.

 

Over the past two weeks, we have been beyond thrilled to welcome patients into our new office at 9211 Sunset Drive.  Our new facility offers so many distinct health and well-being benefits and we wanted to share them with you:

 

  • Ample non-touch hand sanitizer stations available for all guests.
  • All soap dispensers, faucets and paper towel dispensers are touch free.
  • Full time maintenance/janitorial team member to ensure strict protocols of enhanced infection control, including continual disinfecting of all handles & surfaces.
  • Touch free navigation to/from all clinical areas.
  • Large open spaces with indoor plants and trees to help detoxify and purify indoor air.
  • Highly advanced air conditioning system using hospital grade air filters (MERV-13) to remove harmful bacteria and pathogens from the air including bringing the maximum amount of fresh air into the office.
  • Utilization of the most sophisticated dental water purification system (Sterisil G5) on the market. Our Sterisil G5 offers the absolute highest level of water purification and disinfection providing the safest water possible for our patients.
  • Construction of our office prohibited the use of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and formaldehyde (NAUF). These two compounds are very common in traditional building materials and have been shown to cause harm and negative immune responses in humans.

As of today, our office will be open and operating as scheduled, according to the most updated guidance and precautions from health officials.  In light of the current status on preventing the spread of COVID-19, we are also following and exceeding all CDC recommendations for office and health care facilities.  As such, we will begin to deploy specific actions to encourage social distancing and limited office visitors as we all try to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Our actions include:

 

  • Anyone entering or exiting our office will be required to use hand sanitizer.
  • We request anyone in the waiting room to sit 6 feet apart from each other.
  • Patients will be required to wash their hands with soap and water before and after each visit.
  • Any patient, visitor or team member displaying any symptoms of a cold including runny nose, cough, shortness of breath or fever, we ask to please stay at home and not to enter our office.
  • Any patient, visitor or team member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, under suspicion of COVID-19, or had any type of close contact with anyone else who was either diagnosed or under suspicion of COVID-19, will not be allowed to enter our office. Entering our office will only be allowed after a 14 day period and after being cleared by a physician.

 

Our board certified doctors are in constant contact with health officials and will continue to follow their updated guidance as provided. This means there could be additional precautions taken that could impact our office operations at any time.

 

We have set up two new email addresses to help with appointments ([email protected]) and financials ([email protected]).   Please feel free to send us a message at either of these addresses so we can help you in a virtual manner.  These email address will be constantly monitored and we expect a response time of less than 24 hours during the normal work day.

 

The health and wellbeing of our patients, guests, team members, and our local Miami-Dade community – where we live, work and play, is of utmost importance.  We thank everyone for their understanding during this unprecedented time.

 

Sincerely,

Your Entire Orthodontics Only Team

 

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Welcome to Orthodontics Only. The ULTIMATE socially distanced orthodontic experience in Miami. We’ve got you covered in your own private dental chairs with more than the recommended social distance between your neighbors. Along with all the PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), iQAir Cleaning Systems installed at every seat, touch-free faucets, touch-free doors, and ultimate sanitation regimens, you are sure to be in Miami’s safest Orthodontic experience.

 

 

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COVID is very much still real and relevant and we want you to know that we ALWAYS got you covered! When every visitor enters our office, we are automatically detecting EVERYONE’S temperature to make sure we are all staying healthy. Our healthy features around the office are like stealth. Always working even when you don’t realize it!

 

 

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PLEASE please please help us help you!

Here are some GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING:

We are requiring all patients and guests to please bring masks to your appointment once we open on Monday, May 18th! If you don’t have one (we’re all human. We understand some people forget) we will gift you some cool face mask swag!!

We will be taking temperatures upon check in.

 

 

 

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Your orthodontic office is so healthy!! The numbers don’t lie! This device provides accurate readings of pollution in air particles. The average in our community is shown in yellow, while the particles inside Orthodontics Only are shown in green at an impressive 0! Stay tuned to keep learning about all our cool healthy features!

 

 

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When we said we were going touchless (as part of our healthy guidelines to battle COVID-19), we weren’t kidding! All of our doors have this StepNPull device that eliminates the need to grab any handles or doorknobs! SO COOL Right?! I know, we did GOOD 🙂

 

 

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Check out our super cool face masks!!!! Aren’t they amazing? REMEMBER: While we technically will be out of quarantine, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still practice our healthy habits. PLEASE BRING A MASK WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENTS (all patients and visitors). If you do not have a mask, we will gladly provide you with some of these cool swag. It’s been too long and we just can’t believe we finally get to return to our Orthodontic home. Let’s all continue practicing healthy habits so that our community does not experience a second wave. BE SAFE!