Hermanson Orthodontics

COVID-19 UPDATE

4.2.20 6:00 P.M.

Hermanson Orthodontics will remain closed through April 30th.

Governor Reynolds has again extended her State Public Health Emergency Declaration. This latest proclamation prohibits all dentists and staff in the State of Iowa from performing any elective dental procedures at this time to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve the personal protective equipment that is needed to protect healthcare workers from infected patients. This mandate will remain in effect until April 30th at 11:59 pm. Until then, we will be tending to true orthodontic emergencies only. This situation is challenging all of us, and we hate that it is causing delays in our patients’ treatments. We understand, though, that Governor Reynolds has taken this action to protect our patients, our team, and our communities. We urge everyone to wash hands frequently, to practice social distancing, and to hunker down at home so life can return to normal, and we can start working on your smiles again as soon as possible!

Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are still the most common appliance used by orthodontists today. They are made of surgical grade stainless steel and provide the orthodontist with a very accurate and easy-to-use attachment to each tooth. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than metal braces of the past.


Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces

Patients who prefer a less visible appliance may choose ceramic brackets. While these brackets may be less noticeable, they are slightly bulkier and are more fragile than metal brackets, and they will discolor if oral hygiene is not adequate. Ceramic brackets are most popular with adult patients.


Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners (“Invisible Braces”)

A series of custom-fit clear plastic aligners can be used to correct some orthodontic problems. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth step-by-step into straighter positions. These aligners are popular because they are easy to wear and very esthetic. Unfortunately, they do not provide as much control over tooth movement as conventional braces so their applications are more limited

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