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!

Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. The vast majority of children will not require any treatment at this age. There are, however, certain types of problems that need to be addressed early to prevent possible damage to the teeth or unfavorable growth. When these problems exist, early interceptive treatment can dramatically increase the likelihood of an optimal result.

Early interceptive treatment may be needed to…

  • Create room for crowded, erupting, or impacted teeth
  • Promote growth of an underdeveloped jaw during periods of maximum growth potential
  • Prevent unfavorable asymmetrical growth of the jaws
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Address unfavorable habits like thumb-sucking so further damage is not done to the teeth
  • Correct cross-bites which can lead to tooth fracture or wear and result in unfavorable growth of the jaws
  • Reduce the likelihood that permanent teeth will need to be removed
  • Reduce treatment time with braces
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