COVID-19: what is an autoclave?
In this time of pandemic, extraordinary measures are being taken by people, businesses and governments to slow the spread of COVID-19. At Strayt, social distancing and sterile field maintenance are just part of our regular day-to-day operations. Our model was built for times like these.
So what is an autoclave?
An autoclave is a sterilization device for medical and dental equipment. Tools that come into contact with patients are washed and then placed in sterile bags. They are then placed inside the autoclave and sterilized through a heat and pressure process, not unlike a household pressure cooker.
Our digital scanner tips go through the autoclave process after each and every scan. They remain in the sterile packaging until the next time they are used. In fact, we encourage customers to request a different scan tip if they don't see their technician remove the tip from the sealed sterile packaging.
In addition to these strict sterilization processes, our scan technicians are specifically trained in sterile field maintenance. Computer equipment surfaces are cleansed with disinfecting wipes before each scan and medical grade exam gloves are worn throughout the scan process.
The last thing any of us wants to do right now is go to an office or 'smile shop' where dozens or even hundreds of people may have visited that same day to get a scan. But we shouldn't let that stop us from pursuing the smile we want with clear aligners. Getting your digital scan at home or at work is the most convenient way to do it. We all know that. In these troubling times, it's also the safest and most socially responsible way.
You can book a free on-site clear aligner scan consultation here.
Alternatively, you can order an impression kit through the mail here.