Dentists and orthodontists reopening across metro Detroit have been making big investments in protective gear, technology and equipment as they work to make sure patients and staff are protected from COVID-19.

But the changes, which can vary greatly by office, are not all required and are being done at the discretion of each dentist and orthodontist, raising the question of what risks you face at your next appointment and what you need to know before you go in. 

Closed lobbies, virtual paperwork, tele-health appointments, fewer patients and protective gear like disposable gowns, masks, shields and gloves are common changes among some metro Detroit dentists and orthodontists. Others have gone beyond that, adding higher-tech improvements like aerosol remediation devices and air purifiers that better filter the particles that come out of our mouths that put us at risk for catching COVID-19. 

Caring Smiles Family Dentistry dental hygienist Adrienne Vasquez, puts on