06/10 Update Covid-19 Update

06/10 Update Covid-19 Update

Jun 16 2020

Dear Patients, Family and Friends,

The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. For this reason, we will continue to follow OSHA, AAO , And Florida Dept. of Health Guidelines have We instituted the following protocol effective immediately, for all appointments in our office. Please review this information prior to attending your visit and contact us if you have any questions.

Our office procedures have temporarily changed and will include a comprehensive screening process. Because of the screening process below and to abide by social distancing guidelines, we are recommending that only the patient with the appointment enters the office.

If the Patient is Age 10 or Younger
If the patient is age 10 or younger and would like accompaniment, we are only permitting 1 family member to come into the office. Please note that the accompanying family member will not be permitted in the clinic operatories under any circumstance.

If the Patient is Age 11 or Older
If the patient is age 11 or older, we are not permitting a family member to come into the office. We will be emailing you a report after the appointment and can answer any questions by text or phone call.

Prior to Coming to Your Appointment:

  1. Complete our Supplemental Health Questionare and Consent (within 1 day of your appointment if possible).
  2. Brush and floss your teeth at home as our brushing station is closed.
  3. Bring a mask.
  4. Refrain from drinking or eating anything extremely hot or cold as it can alter your results for an accurate temperature reading.
  5. Come 10 minutes early so we can complete our screening process.

At Your Appointment:

  1. If you have not submmitted your photos yet please do so.
  2. Once we reach out to you, we will need for you to submit photos of your teeth through our website finestsmiles.com click virtual consultation  scroll to existing patient if you are a patient with braces; if you are a patient with aligners you will have access to our exclusive Virtual Care through  “My Invisalign” app or   Through these apps you will be able to stay connected with our office, monitor your progress and even do your regular check ins.
  3. Once  we receive your photos and Dr Gutierrez has evaluated them, you will be contacted again to now follow the next step:
  • If you are a patient wearing aligners and your photos show good progress and aligners are tracking you will be able to come in and pick up your next set of aligners.  If an appointment (attachments, refinements, etc) is needed we will let you know the date and time. we will be able to see you.
  • If you are a Braces patient, pictures will show your progress and we will contact you to schedule your next appointment either in-office or Virtual
  1. The day of your appointment you can only come in as follows:
  • ALONE → If you are an adult.
  • ALONE → If you are a teenager (parents should wait out of the office).
  • ACCOMPANIED → If  patient  is a  child  ( We will only allow 1 parent or guardian to come in if patient is 12 or younger)
  1. Please follow current CDC guidelines and come in with your own face mask.
  2. Please Stay in you car and Check in from your car, text 813-906-9598. Include the patient name and a message that says “HERE”.
  3. We will reply to your message and we will let you know when we are ready to see you. We will take your temperature prior to coming into the office if your temperature is 99,6 or higher  your appointment will be rescheduled.  We will call you to refer you to the nearest testing location and will have to notify the Dept. of Health as per current guidelines.
  4. If your temperature is normal we will walk you back to our ” Hand wash station” And given a Peroxyl  rinse,  after that we will be able to proceed with your appointment.
  5. We want to assure you that once your appointment is completed we are taking these few extra precautions to avoid the spread of Covid-19
  6. Our team will contact you for your next appointment.
  7. For any other questions about your treatment, account, to make payments, or questions about the new protocols feel free to contact us at 813-968-1611  
  8. For more info you can go into our website https://finestsmiles.com, or you can also find us on Facebook or Instagram for weekly updates.
  9. For new patient consultations for children, we ask that only 1 parent comes to the appointment. We are happy to video conference with the other parent. We can’t wait to meet you!
  10. For current patients, a summary of what was done at your child’s visit, and the next appointment time will be emailed or texted to you.
We want to remind you that Gutierrez Orthodontics team is here for you and we’re happy to see your smiles again!

Dr. Alex Gutierrez and team

Gutierrez Orthodontics