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It’s been an unusual year here at Alborzi Orthodontics, and the whole world looks quite a bit different than it did at the start of 2020. Over the last year, we saw guidelines and regulations change a number of times, which has sometimes meant temporary office closures, rescheduled appointments, and other unusual arrangements. It never changed our priority and that is you and your care. While we’ve put most things back on track and will keep them there in 2021, one new normal we’re planning to keep in place is virtual consultations!
We initially rolled these appointments out as a way to stay connected to the community during “safer at home” orders, but they’ve been such a popular option that we’re going to continue offering them for the foreseeable future. This virtual technology allows us to meet new patients and assess their orthodontic needs from the comfort of their own home! Let’s take a closer look at how these appointments work.
Even after a year of Zoom meetings and FaceTime birthdays, telemedicine is still relatively new in many areas. If you’ve never had a virtual visit, you may not be sure of what to expect from the experience, but the process is actually very simple!
You’ll begin by visiting our official homepage, which can be found by clicking here. A pop-up box will appear on the left side with an invitation to start your virtual consultation. Answer the question “What matters most to you about your orthodontic treatment?” and then click the green button to continue. From there, simply follow all the prompts on the screen before submitting your photos and information to us.
Our virtual consultations require five photos of your teeth, and it’s essential that they’re nice and clear so we can see what we’re working with. You may be a little nervous about how to accomplish this, but don’t worry! We’ve embedded a short video within the form to show you how to get the best shots possible. These photos will include:
There are photos in the form demonstrating each angle to help you better understand what we’re looking for. Once you’ve submitted your information and photos, these will be reviewed by Dr. Alborzi. We’ll then reach out to you to set up the virtual consultation. During this appointment, you’ll be able to discuss your concerns, ask any questions you have, and learn what our recommendations are for achieving a straighter, healthier smile!
The health and safety of our staff and patients has always been a top priority for us, and that’s as true now as it was the day we opened. The past year has only added to our resolve to provide a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for patients of all ages to improve their oral health. Our virtual consultations let you take the first step towards a beautiful new smile without having to leave the house!
Once you begin the treatment process, we can also do virtual visits for patients who are more comfortable with that option. We aim to be flexible and follow our patients’ lead when it comes to social distancing (although we will continue to follow all CDC guidelines for offering safe orthodontic treatment in our San Mateo office!) During a virtual visit, you’ll be able to describe any concerns you have with your treatment plan or share photos of any problems you’re having with your teeth or appliance. Dr. Alborzi will be happy to provide you with expert guidance on how to proceed.
With virtual visits, we can also assess any potential problems and make suggestions on what steps to take next. There are several non-emergencies that can be treated from home, and our team can walk you through any available remedies. If you do happen to have a genuine emergency, we’ll set up an appointment for you to see Dr. Alborzi in the office.
Things are looking far more hopeful than they were a year ago, but we’re all still adjusting to our new “normal.” The good news is, virtual consultations and visits mean we can provide you with the best possible care, whether you’re in our office or calling in from the comfort of your own couch! And save you time as well!
If you’re ready to take the first step in your journey towards straighter teeth, we’re here to help you achieve all your smile goals! We’re committed to remaining as accessible as ever while keeping you, your family, and our team safe and healthy. Virtual technology is an easy way to stay connected, and we’re excited to continue offering this option to our patients. To get started with your own virtual consultation, click here!
Dr. Alexa Alborzi Has helped more than 8,500 children, teens, end adults transform their happy, healthy smiles, and orthodontics. Through her 25 years of experience, She has developed the ability to produce smiles in a fraction of the usual time without headgear, extraction, or expenders. She is known to tackle some of the most difficult orthodontist’s cases with a high degree of success and minimal surgeries. As a respected professor of orthodontics for 14 years, she has instructed many graduate students at the University of California San Francisco, School of dentistry. Her vision of excellence has also led her to be an active supporter of many local community programs such as Smiles Change Lives and Sonrisas Community programs. Giving back to her community is a personal drive learned from her parents who ran an orphanage and taught the value of helping others. For more information visit www.alborzismiles.com