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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


Image of a woman smiling, after having healthy teeth and following health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.
To Our Valued Patients at Surprise Smiles,

Welcome! We are open, looking forward to seeing returning patients, accepting new patients, and operating under normal business hours! The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDS) is still not recommending any type of closures or modification in hours. We will continue to monitor information coming from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AZDHS and keep you apprised of any changes or updates. We will stay on top of this information and bring it to you as soon as possible through our website, email, and social media.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our dentists and dental team want to assure you that we are continuing to do our best to make sure it a priority that we are following the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, specifically as they relate to the dental industry. We value keeping our patients and staff members safe and comfortable.

As part of our daily standard health and safety protocols, our office follows ‘Universal Precautions’ in order to protect our patients and our staff. These are precautions we have always taken, and are not new. By taking ‘universal precautions’ means we always assume that anyone could potentially be carrying a contagious and dangerous disease. We therefore follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, be it COVID-19 (Coronavirus), hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, or any other disease. This has been a standard of care we follow, per the CDC, in regard to blood borne pathogens.

These measures include:
•  strict hand washing protocols
•  use of (single use) disposable protective equipment and barriers
•  thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit
•  disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments and routine monitoring of sterilization verification
•  continued education on infection control

Image of a dentist with a mask covering, so she is safe, and follows health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
•  disinfecting common surface areas every 30 minutes
•  providing hand sanitizer in common areas
•  screening everyone who enters our offices based on CDC recommendations
•  offering preprocedural mouth rinse

As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.

We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.

Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!

Orthodontic Options
Prescott Valley, AZ


Young man smiling at Bradshaw Family Dental after getting braces from one of our Orthodontists in Prescott Valley, AZ.For those children whose teeth do not follow a traditional timeline and do not fall out at a normal rate, orthodontics could be the answer. Many times, despite good oral hygiene and proper care, teeth have their own agenda. Orthodontics is a protocol in which the focus is the correct and healthy jaw motion and bite of patients. When out of alignment, the teeth and jaw can wear significantly, and pain can arise near the TMJ joint which joins the jawbone to the skull. The joint can wear out if patients use an improper bite motion and teeth can become eroded quicker if the bite is not aligned properly either.

If you notice your child has pain in or around the TMJ joint or complains about specific areas of the mouth, they could use an orthodontic assessment. Feel free to reach out to us at Bradshaw Family Dental to discuss the available options.

Orthodontic Treatment


While the central focus of orthodontic treatments is the proper functionality of both the teeth and the jaw alignment and motion, the regimens prescribed can also have an impact on speech. When teeth are out of alignment, the tongue no longer has anything to move against, thereby impacting enunciation and clarity of speech. Also, an added benefit of straight teeth with proper alignment is they are less likely to decay because the surfaces are symmetrical and have fewer areas where food can collect, and bacteria can build.

While most orthodontic treatments may seem like merely cosmetic in nature, they are far more valuable than just improving someone’s smile. With improvements in the patient’s oral health, they can reap the benefits of an improved overall medical health as well.

What Type of Braces Do You Need?


Many adult patients understandably worry about the appearance of the braces if they decide to undergo orthodontic treatment. However, there are a few things that may determine what type of braces you may need. Some types of braces, such as lingual braces (which are behind the teeth) or ceramic braces (which use white or clear brackets) may not even be visible. If you have severe malocclusion, it may be a consideration in deciding which type of braces is best for you. Additionally, the duration of treatment may also affect it. Of course, cosmetic concerns are also taken into consideration, and we can work with you to find the right kind of braces for your unique needs. Today, the look and feel of braces have changed from the days of smiling with a mouthful of metal. Today’s braces are meant to blend in more and remain less noticeable.

Lingual Braces


Utilizing the same treatment concept as traditional braces, the brackets, wires and clips all fasten to the back of the teeth making them difficult to see. Due to them being on the tongue side of the teeth which is considered the lingual side, these braces are known as lingual braces. They are typically not recommended for those patients who have extreme overbites due to the fact that the brackets might pop off when teeth are required to move a great deal. Lingual braces are an excellent choice for those problems considered simple to intermediate.

Ceramic Braces


Ceramic braces employ larger brackets than those used by traditional metal braces. The glue used has a stronger bonding agent than those of traditional braces. Ceramic braces can treat misalignment and malocclusion. For those patients seeking to be individual and unique, they can opt to have any color imaginable for their braces. Due to them being made of ceramic, they will not hinder x-ray imaging which is used to check for jawbone and tooth-root health.

Clear Teeth Aligners


Invisalign, is one of the most advanced remedies for misaligned teeth. In order to gently shape your smile, you will wear your [[[Page:Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day. These are custom made by the dentist to align your teeth. Invisalign aligners are clear, so no one will even know you are receiving orthodontic treatment. You will receive a new set of clear aligners every two weeks. You will not wear your Invisalign aligners when you eat or when you are brushing and flossing. Being removable, it is easier to eat the foods you desire and gives you the same ability to brush and floss your teeth.

What is the Appropriate Age?


While each patient and their circumstances are unique to them, the typical age at which they should likely visit the orthodontist is typically seven. This allows the orthodontist to inspect the oral cavity as the adult teeth are beginning to erupt and make an evaluation as to whether they might need braces. The orthodontist will make the observations and may require your child to have some teeth pulled if they are not being lost quickly enough. With thumb sucking, the procedures necessary are even more involved.

Parents should not wait until all of their child’s adult teeth have come in because it may complicate the procedures necessary to correct a misaligned bite or misaligned teeth. Please come to see us to determine if it is time for your child to see the orthodontist.

Taking Care of Your Braces


One way to help ensure the best outcome for your orthodontic treatment is to take proper care of your braces, no matter which type you have. It is important to make sure you continue to practice good oral hygiene, taking measures to help keep not only your teeth clean but the areas around the braces, too. We will advise you on how to maintain your oral health during your treatment to help prevent tooth decay and complications.

Contact Us Today!


There are many great orthodontic treatment options available for our patients who would like to improve both the appearance and the function of their teeth. If you are around Prescott Valley or one of our other Arizona locations and would like to learn more about the different ways available to align your teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Bradshaw Family Dental at (928) 277-0076 today! Our skilled team of professionals can help you decide which type of braces are ideal for you and get you on the path of having a more confident and straighter smile today.
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