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Welcome to Hawaii Orthodontist

 

APPOINTMENT PROTOCOL

 

To our valued patients, 

As we all face this unprecedented event of COVID-19, we have been looking at ways to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible when we resume our normal business hours.  We will be implementing several changes to our office and wanted to make you aware of them prior to your next visit. We realize that some of these changes may be inconvenient for you, but we feel they are necessary in order to keep everyone safe!

 

1.  Strict Infection control procedures regarding instrumentation have always been, and will continue to be followed according to the guidelines of ADA, HDA, OSHA and the CDC. This includes appropriate PPE worn by all of our team members as well as consistent surface disinfection of all exposed surfaces throughout the day.

2.   Our NEW WAITING ROOM will be either in the spacious hallway or in the comfort of your own safe car. :O) Only patients will be allowed to enter the office unless parental or assisted accompaniment is necessary.

3.   Anyone entering the office will be required to have their temperature taken, wear a mask and wash their hands.

4.   Upon arrival we will also screen each patient with a questionnaire to confirm that they are symptom free, have not knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 and have not recently traveled.  Anyone with a temperature of 99 degrees and above will be recommended to see their physician for further evaluation and will not be allowed to enter the office.

5.   Doctors and team will be held to the same high standards with daily temperature screenings and assessments.

6.   Aerosol procedures will be kept minimal and controlled within the office environment.  Therefore, certain unexpected procedures may still not be performed during your appointment and may need to be rescheduled.

7.   Brushing stations will be closed, please brush or have your child brush their teeth before arriving at the office.

8.   GREAT NEWS AND MOST EXCITINGLY!  Soon all of our offices will be equipped with SCA Dental/Medical Grade Air Purifiers with UV-C germicidal technology to provide our patients and team with surgically clean air. 

 

We look forward to the day when we will be able to ease some of these restrictions, but until then, please know that we are only making these changes with your safety in mind. Please reach out to us if you have any concerns or suggestions in how we can improve our service. Take care and stay safe!

 

Dr. Tammy Chang-Motooka, Dr. Shelliann Kawamoto and staff of Hawaii Orthodontist.

 

 

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Extended Closure Update

To Our Hawaii Orthodontist Patients and Families 

First of all, thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We hope and pray that you are all safe and doing well :)

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have tried to balance, as best as we can, the benefits of remaining open to continue serving our patients, and their families.  However, at this point, we still believe that the duty to everyone’s long-term health outweighs the benefits of remaining open.

We feel it is our responsibility to oblige by the recent National Guideline and STAY-AT-HOME policy until MAY 31, 2020. Please understand that we want to take every precaution and measure necessary to help flatten the curve and spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii.

To minimize exposure and protect the health and safety of our patients, patient families and team members, the Hawaii Dental Association, along with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have advised for dental offices to continue the suspension of all elective and regular dental treatment. Most orthodontic procedures and appointments are considered elective.

Therefore, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, our offices will be temporarily closed until at least MAY 31, 2020 in accordance with the new guidelines we have been given.  If your next appointment falls within this time frame, your appointment has been cancelled.  Someone will be contacting you to reschedule your appointment as soon as we are able to resume regular business hours.

We will continue to be available by appointment only at our Ala Moana location, as needed, for emergency management.  Please call or text us at 947-3737 only if it is a true dental emergency (e.g. you are in pain) or you feel it is absolutely necessary to be seen for a scheduled appointment.

We look forward to returning to our regular schedule and seeing you all again soon. 

Please continue to wash your hands thoroughly, refrain from touching your face, maintain social distancing and stay healthy.

May God bless you and keep you safe!

Dr. Tammy Chang-Motooka, Dr. Shelliann Kawamoto and the Hawaii Orthodontist staff

 

 

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Share Facts About COVID-19 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-h.pdf

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

 

“We make people smile!”

 

Serving children, teens, and adults living in the Honolulu, Waipahu and Kunia, HI areas, Drs. , Shelliann Kawamoto, and their team provide state-of-the-art orthodontic care with a commitment to excellence. Our patients become radiant, confident, and happy people as they enjoy their new and beautiful smiles!

With a warm and sympathetic staff, our focus is on creating a caring, gentle, and professional environment that takes the stress out of orthodontics. Using state-of-the-art treatments such as Invisalign® clear aligners and Clarity™ Advanced Ceramic Braces, we are able to treat each patient’s individual needs. Our braces for children and adults are designed for comfort and impeccable results.

We know that you have a busy schedule and so have created special practice hours to accommodate you. With lunchtime, early evening, and Saturday hours, you can easily find a time to schedule a treatment for yourself or a loved one. Contact our Honolulu orthodontic office or our Waipahu orthodontic office for your complimentary consultation and see how you can achieve the perfect bite and the gorgeous smile you deserve.