If you’re unhappy with your smile, you may have been thinking about an orthodontic consult. An orthodontist specializes in straightening smiles for an even, pleasant appearance and improved oral health. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic started, you might have been putting off getting your consultation.

At Reese Orthodontics, with locations in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, Dr. Karen Reese offers virtual orthodontic consultations, letting you get started on straightening your smile without leaving the comfort of your home.

Telehealth basics

Rural living affects access to health care for 20% of Americans who may have to travel up to 200 miles to find a doctor’s or dentist’s office. Telemedicine was established as a way to reach these patients, and teledentistry is a branch of telemedicine.

Our office has incorporated this option as a way to make it easier to get started on your teeth-straightening journey. With a virtual orthodontics consultation, Dr. Reese can look at your mouth, review images of your teeth, and determine what needs to be done to give you the smile of your dreams. It’s both convenient and time-saving.

Your orthodontic virtual consultation

We use SmileSnap technology to conduct virtual consultations, and your initial orthodontic assessment could take as little as 10 minutes. We have you fill out a short form to answer some basic questions, and you take five “selfies” of your mouth and teeth from different angles.

Dr. Reese reviews your information and images and gives you her recommendations for orthodontic treatment. Depending on the position and health of your teeth, she may recommend any of the following services we offer:

  • Traditional braces
  • Clear aligners
  • Wilckodontics® (accelerated orthodontics)
  • Surgical orthodontics

You can also complete a virtual assessment for your child to get corresponding recommendations for kids orthodontics and learn more about the benefits of early orthodontic treatment.

Advantages of a virtual consultation

Orthodontic assessments via SmileSnap have many benefits. They are:

  • Convenient: The 24/7 access lets you choose the assessment time that’s best for you
  • Private: Consultations are HIPAA compliant, so your personal data is secure
  • Comprehensive: You can find out how long treatment could take and projected costs

Dr. Reese and our team utilize your virtual assessment to create a personalized treatment plan designed to give you a straight, healthy smile. Your dental insurance may cover teledentistry appointments that would be covered as in-office appointments, so check with your insurance company.

Are you ready for your first telehealth visit? Contact the Reese Orthodontics office that’s closest to you, or request your virtual consultation online today.

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