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What does PPE mean in orthodontics?

PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, has become synonymous with the current health care emergency and COVID-19.

For frontline medical personnel, PPE is essential equipment that protects both healthcare workers and patients from the spread of disease. It has become an important topic due to supply limits and the increased demands during the pandemic.

While social distancing and some forms of personal protective gear provide sufficient safeguards in certain settings, extra measures will be taken during your next visit to our office to ensure both your safety and that of our team.

In our office, you can expect the normal happy faces you are used to—just with a little more stuff in the way. Our office has chosen to take a proactive approach, establishing standards at or above the current practice guidelines set out by the CDC and CDPH. This begins with a screening, temperature check and hand hygiene process upon arrival and continues into the treatment area.

Current guidelines require use of a high quality surgical mask, face-shield and gloves. During certain more involved procedures such as braces removal, you may also see use of gowns, caps and respirators (N95 masks). An increased emphasis will be placed on controlling aerosol release by utilizing high-volume suction, upgraded HVAC and hospital-grade HEPA filters which filter below the size of viral particles.

While we have always practiced universal precautions with regard to maintaining safe and clean work environments, there will be increased precautions placed in non-clinical areas such as restrooms, door handles, waiting room, etc.

These are just a few of the ways we are keeping you safe and healthy during your next visit, as that is our top priority. If you have any further questions about what to expect at your appointment, please contact us.  

5 Advantages to Clear Braces

Thanks to the advancement of orthodontic technology, clear ceramic braces are more comfortable, discreet and easier to wear than ever before.

Take a look at five ways this great orthodontic option makes life easier.


Clear Braces have a low profile for a comfortable fit. The brackets are small and smooth, with rounded corners to reduce rubbing and irritation.


Clear braces are firmly affixed to the teeth and do not need to be removed for eating and drinking. Unlike aligners, ceramic braces do not require continuous care to remove and replace—just normal brushing and flossing to keep clean. This option can be much more attractive to the busy child or adult that is always on the go.


Despite common belief, ceramic braces are a robust and durable treatment option.

The design of ceramic braces has been continuously improved and refined for maximum durability. Even though traditional braces are made with strong metal materials, ceramic braces are very durable and can hold up to the same conditions and forces as traditional metal braces.

Wide Range of Treatment

While at our office we have embraced and utilize the increasingly popular treatment approach of Invisalign, not all types of orthodontic problems are best addressed with aligner therapy. Clear braces allow for full treatment of all cases, from the most simple to the very complex.


If you’re going for the understated look, allow the translucent braces to blend in nicely with your teeth. If you’d like to make a statement, put on some bright bands for a pop of color on the clear braces. You can always mix it up based upon your mood and schedule.

If you are interested in learning more about ceramic braces contact us today!

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