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COVID-19 *Update*

March 19th, 2020

In light of the rate at which the COVID-19 virus is spreading, with heavy hearts, our best intentions, and an abundance of caution, we at Ahl and O’Connor Orthodontics have made the decision to temporarily close our office and cancel appointments until April 6, 2020.

In our previous communication, we acknowledged that the situation surrounding the coronavirus is fluid and that we would reevaluate our office hours as the situation evolved. The American Dental Association has recommended that all dental offices nationwide postpone elective dental procedures for three weeks.

We appreciate your understanding, and as always, the trust you have put in us to take care of your orthodontic needs. Please be patient with us as we contact scheduled patients to let them know of this decision.

We will continue to be here for you! If during this time, you find that you are or your child is experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please call us at (302) 678-3000 and a member of our team will be available to further assist you.

The health and well-being of our patients, our team members, and our community has always been and continues to be one of our top priorities. Please continue to keep an eye on our facebook for any future updates.

-The Team at Ahl and O’Connor Orthodontics



March 16th, 2020

Dear Ahl and O’Connor Orthodontics patient families:

With the rapidly changing challenges brought about by the threat of COVID-19 Coronavirus we are taking steps to ensure that our patients and our team are protected. In an effort to keep you informed of the measures we are taking and of our schedule, we ask that you please read the following.

We will continue to operate on a normal schedule and as always, we will follow OSHA guidelines for infection control.

Patients With Symptoms:

  • As always, during cold and flu season, we ask you to reschedule your appointment if you feel ill, have experienced a fever in the last 72 hours or have been exposed to someone with these symptoms.
  • In the event that an orthodontic patient or family member has symptoms related to those associated with the Coronavirus (fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath) we ask that you do not come to the office.
  • Please contact us so that we may postpone your next visit until an appropriate time.
  • To date we have no team members or patients that have known exposure to, symptoms related to, or confirmation of the coronavirus.

Extra Family Members at Appointments:

  • As a temporary measure, we ask that you limit the number of people accompanying the patient to one extra person.
  • We ask that additional extra family members wait outside of the office. We understand that some parents will need to wait in the car with other children.
  • As long as you have your mobile phone with you, we can update you and make the next appointment while you are outside the office.
  • We will keep this measure in effect until April 10th and then reevaluate.

Schedule & Appointments:

  • We will continue with normal business hours for the time being.
  • Normal business hours could change based on how this situation progresses within our community.
  • In the event you wish to reschedule an appointment for a later date, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Check In Station:

  • Our protocol for check in will be changing during this time.
  • The self check in computer will be shutdown.
  • We ask that you check in at the front desk verbally with a team member.
  • Please remember that we may not know you have arrived if you do not check in.

Temporary Reception Room Changes:

  • We will be removing communal items that may be touched by multiple people throughout the day such as our coffee / tea bar and magazines.

Measures We Are Taking:

  • We are staying current with the CDC guidelines and updates.
  • Our facilities have always been cleaned and disinfected daily and are given a deep cleaning on a weekly basis.
  • In addition to this we are taking extra measures and adding a disinfectant wipe down to commonly touched areas throughout the day.

The safe care of our patients is of the utmost importance.
Any questions or concerns may be addressed via phone at 302- 678-3000.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and remember to keep smiling.


Ahl and O’Connor Orthodontics

Welcome, Dr. Patel!

August 27th, 2019

Drs. Ahl and O'Connor are pleased to announce that Dr. Sita Patel will be joining the AO team! She will be working side by side with both Drs. Ahl and O’Connor in our Dover, Milford, and Lewes locations. We are excited to welcome Dr. Patel, as she shares our passion for excellence in patient care!

Dr. Patel is a Delaware native, graduating from Caesar Rodney High School. After finishing her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, she studied dentistry at Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

She completed her orthodontic residency at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where she earned her Master of Science in Orthodontics and certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. While there, she was exposed to various treatment methods to allow her to create the best result for each patient. Dr. Patel is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics.

Dr. Patel lives in Middletown with her husband, Kunal, where she enjoys cooking new cuisines, reading, travelling, and playing tennis.

Please help us in welcoming Dr. Patel to the AO Family! 

What’s Stopping You From Getting Braces?

January 2nd, 2019

MANY adults mistakenly believe that they missed their chance to get braces because they didn’t have them as teenagers. However, the number of adult orthodontic patients has risen dramatically over the last few decades, and today we’re going to debunk all of your excuses for not getting braces and show you why orthodontic treatment is still a wonderful option for adults with dental alignment issues.

“It’s Too Late; My Teeth Won’t Move”
It may be preferable to start young for orthodontic treatment, but there is no age limit to getting a straighter smile. We can help determine the best treatment for your circumstances. One advantage that adult orthodontic patients have over teens is the self-discipline that comes with maturity; adults will often be better at following instructions for their treatment, which means it will go much smoother.

Check out how much this woman’s teeth moved in one year with adult braces!

“I’ll Be Fine If I Keep My Crooked Teeth”
If you’ve been living with crooked teeth your whole life, you might think there’s no point in getting orthodontic treatment. But having straight teeth isn’t just about appearances — it’s also about improved oral and overall health. Straight teeth are easier to clean and make it easier to speak, chew, and even breathe effectively, whereas crooked teeth cause difficulties in all of these areas and can grow more crooked over time.

“Having Braces Will Make Me Look Unprofessional”
Some adults who would like straighter teeth may still hesitate to seek orthodontic treatment because they worry that spending a year or longer in braces could impact their personal lives or careers by making them look immature or unprofessional. Luckily, there are several low-profile orthodontic treatment options for patients who don’t want to broadcast their treatment to the world, such as invisible aligners and clear ceramic braces. With these, you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing your hardware!

“Orthodontic Treatment Is Expensive”
Orthodontic treatment can certainly cost more than a regular dental appointment, but it’s also an investment in your future, saving you from the expenses of problems that come with crooked teeth or a bad bite. If you aren’t sure you can fit braces into your budget, schedule a consultation with us. Together, we can find the best and most affordable option for you.

Leave Your Braces Excuses In 2018
This year is nearly over, and what better way to welcome the next one than by leaving your braces excuses behind and getting on the path to a healthier, straighter smile? We can’t wait to help you get the smile you deserve!

Don’t let excuses keep you from your dream smile!

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Ahl and O'Connor Orthodontics provides top-quality orthodontic care in Kent and Sussex counties with offices located in Dover, Milford, and Lewes, Delaware.

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