In addition to the state wide shelter-in, Governor Inslee has also mandated that all dental offices close their doors until May 18th. Only emergency appointments are allowed. All scheduled appointments through May 18th are cancelled. This order was given so the state can make sure Washington health care workers have enough personal protective equipment to wear as they work the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Orthodontic emergency appointments are classified by the American Dental Association as "snipping or adjustment of an orthodontic wire or appliances piercing or ulcerating oral mucosa."
We will have very limited office presence during the next 8 weeks. We will be checking messages. If you have an urgent need please call our emergency phone number at 509-859-1558, leave a detailed message and one of our assistants will help you through any concern. In addition, Dr. Parker is able to do virtual consults/visits with anyone who wishes. Please visit doxy.me/drjoeparker on Safari - iPhone or Chrome - Android device to be able to connect with him in a HIPAA compliant format.
If you lost or broke a retainer, we recently implemented 3D printing in each office. We will be able to do a 3D print of your teeth off the scan when your braces were removed. Off that print we can fabricate a new retainer. These retainers can be picked up in zip-locked bags taped to the front door.
All the best and stay safe. We look forward to continuing your treatment.