December 13, 2021
At the beginning of 2021 we were back in a national lockdown due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. At the Oxford Orthodontic Centre our commitment to patient health and safety has always been a priority. Following strict Government guidelines, and with the ongoing cooperation of patients, we were able to continue dental treatment.
As Specialist Orthodontists we treat our own patients and accept referrals from other dentists. The pandemic certainly created some challenges for orthodontic treatment as fixed braces for example rely on regular monitoring. Our objective was always to continue treatment safely and responsibly,
We missed seeing your smiles in person of course but 2021 was also a year where video calls enabled us to keep in touch with patients throughout their treatment. In some cases, we were able to get started on Invisalign treatment with an initial consultation to discuss problem areas and outcome expectations. The practice team posted oral hygiene kits for braces and aligners to all our orthodontic patients to help maintain great oral health during lockdown.
As well as daily life at the practice we have been supporting local and international charities. COVID-19 has had a devastating financial impact on low-income households and UK food bank charities reported that during the lockdowns they have been busier than ever before. Nobody should have to worry about how to feed their children and the practice supported a Community Emergency Foodbank to support families in the local area during this difficult time.
We donated PPE and Oral Hygiene Kits to one of our local care homes, the Albany Care Home in Headington. The staff there have become a lifeline for the many residents who were unable to see their families. PPE had been in short supply in some care homes throughout the country meaning that vulnerable residents and the staff that care for them were left unprotected from the spread of the virus.
In June we pulled on our trainers and took part in the Oxford Town and Gown 10k charity run, raising lots of money in the process. All profits from the race go to Muscular Dystrophy UK.
The practice has recently been busy accepting donations and have put together 12 shoeboxes for the Shoe Box Appeal run by the charity T4U Each shoebox will be given to a vulnerable child or family via schools, nurseries, hospitals, and orphanages. Many thanks to all our patients who donated to this wonderful charity at Christmas time.
We love receiving feedback and reviews from our patients, there’s nothing better than hearing how pleased our patients are with the results of their treatment. Behind the PPE we are still the same friendly team, our standard of care is the same as it has always been, and your comfort and safety is paramount. In 2021 we were able to increase practice capacity which has allowed us to treat even more patients. Our team has expanded, and we are really pleased with our second iTero 3D scanner which has improved patient comfort, convenience, and treatment outcomes.
As we reach the end of 2021 it’s difficult not to reflect on what a year it’s been. We’ve had challenges but on the plus side the covid vaccination programme has been a huge success, and we have finally been able to get back to the things that we all enjoy doing - including hugging friends and family once more.
We would like to say a very big thank you to all our patients for your support throughout this year. Greeting you all with a thermometer and hand sanitiser became the norm and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
The Oxford Orthodontic Centre wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and the best of health and happiness for 2022!