Today, safety is on everyone’s mind. Safety in the orthodontic office is no exception. So, we want you to know about our infection control and sterilization procedures. While these procedures are not new to our office, we are continually upgrading our sterilization and safety standards as new guidelines and equipment become available.

  • Barrier Controls which are recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Dental Association (ADA). They include the use of masks and protective eye wear when indicated, and the use of new gloves for each patient.
  • Ultrasonic Rinsing of all tools and instruments prior to sterilization. This is performed after each patient.
  • Brackets, bands and wires are NEVER recycled. That means that any material used in your mouth is new.
  • Dry Heat Sterilization of all tools and instruments after each patient appointment. This process kills all micro-organisms with heat.
  • Chemical Sterilization is used for all items that cannot withstand the high temperatures required for dry heat sterilization or steam autoclaving. The sterilizing solutions are approved for use in hospitals, dental offices, and other health care environments.
  • Disposable Items are used whenever possible and are always discarded once used or exposed to the clinical environment.
  • Disinfectants are applied to chairs, counter tops, and other surface areas in all treatment rooms.
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