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4 Benefits of Virtual Orthodontic Appointments

blog-featured-image-benefits-of-virtual-orthodonticsVirtual orthodontic appointments are nothing new, yet have become more common practice since the spread of COVID-19. As an alternative to meeting in-person, virtual orthodontic consultations are a great way to stay healthy while social distancing. If you or someone you know is considering braces or clear aligners, Dr. Tito Norris and Dr. Ray Caesar at Stone Oak Orthodontics share 4 benefits of virtual orthodontic appointments to keep in mind:

  1. No Need for Waiting Rooms

Virtual appointments remove the need to sit and wait while being exposed to others who may carry the virus. In many cases, your appointment will start with you entering a virtual waiting room until your appointment begins. Once ready, you will be taken out of the “waiting room” and into the main call to start the appointment. Read More

Why Mail Order Orthodontics is a Bad Idea During Coronavirus

blog-featured-image-mail-order-orthodontics-during-coronavirusWith the spread of COVID-19 rapidly changing our “new normal,” mail-order orthodontic is on the rise. From social media ads to TV commercials, the convenience of mail-order orthodontics becomes more appealing when you’re stuck at home. At Stone Oak Orthodontics, we understand that everyone wants a smile they can be proud of. For this reason, we will explain why mail-order orthodontics isn’t the way to achieve this goal.

Orthodontic Treatment Starts with an Appointment

We strongly suggest that orthodontic treatment start with an in-person appointment with a professional, not mail-order. While a virtual consultation can give a brief overview of what your oral issues may be, it is always best to be examined in-person. Starting treatment without this step could result in serious problems to your oral health and more money to fix the damage.Read More

Step Up Your Selfie Game with Orthodontics

blog-featured-image-orthodontics-teen-selfie-esteemEvery patient has their own reasons for deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment. For adolescents and teens, image has always been a key factor in social integration, and in today’s beauty-conscious society, a beautiful smile is high on their list of priorities.

The ever-popular selfie gives teens a confidence boost and social media is the ideal platform to broadcast themselves to the world. So much so, that:

  • 65% of teenage girls reported that seeing their selfies on social media actually boosts their confidence.
  • 40% of all teens say social media helps them present their best face to the world.
  • At least 81 percent of teens, ages 12-17, use social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to recent findings from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, with Instagram especially popular among selfie-loving teenage girls.

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The “New Normal” of Orthodontics After Coronavirus

blog-featured-image-new-normal-orthodonticsIt’s no secret that the spread of COVID-19 has drastically changed how we all live today. Now that many businesses are finally allowed to re-open, it’s time to attend your first orthodontic appointment. To help you prepare for the “new normal,” Dr. Tito Norris and Dr. Ray Caesar at Stone Oak Orthodontics will explain a few changes you can expect at your next visit.

No More Waiting Room

Instead of waiting for your appointment in the waiting area, you may be asked to simply wait in your car and call the office once you arrive. You will be notified once it is time to enter the office. Friends and family will no longer be allowed to attend appointments with patients and must also wait in the car during the duration of the appointment unless absolutely necessary. Read More

How to Handle an Invisalign Emergency if Your Orthodontist is Closed

blog-featured-image-clear-aligner-emergency-hacksAt Stone Oak Orthodontics, we do our best to remain available for orthodontic emergencies. Please call our office if you think you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency. We don’t want you to feel like you’re on your own when it comes to your orthodontic treatment.

That being said, sometimes our patients run into problems or experience discomfort at a time when we can’t see them right away. We wanted to equip our orthodontic patients with some tricks and hacks that you can do at home, so you can ease discomfort and keep treatment on track until you are able to visit our office.Read More

4 Simple Rules When Eating with Braces During COVID-19

blog-featured-image-clear-aligner-emergency-hacksYou’ve already been told a hundred times, but we’re telling you again: be very mindful of what you eat while wearing braces. Dr. Tito Norris and Dr. Ray Caesar in San Antonio, TX is a firm believer that taking care of your braces is crucial to getting a great orthodontic result!

During the coronavirus quarantine, it is harder than normal for an orthodontist to fix broken brackets or handle an orthodontic emergency. You know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! This holds true when taking care of your braces and avoiding orthodontic emergencies.Read More