Orthodontic Dry Heat Sterilizer: this sterilizer is used for our hinged instruments. We slide 4 separate racks of instruments into this machine to be properly sterilized. This dry heat system sterilizes at 375° F. The temperature for this sterilizer is so high in order to destroy microorganisms. This technique is used every day in order to keep our instruments sanitary and safe to use.
Ultrasonic Cleaner: the ultrasonic cleaner is much different than the dry heat sterilizer. This system works by using sound waves to create bubbles that act on contaminants. A solution is placed into this machine to help with this process as well. Almost all instruments are placed into this solution after being removed from a patient’s chair. These instruments are then drained and placed into a rack to be placed into the autoclave. Some instruments such as the hand-pieces or bands are placed into sterilization bags to prevent damage.
Autoclave: An autoclave uses pressure to sterilize all types of instruments. The autoclave usually operates around 270°F using distilled water. Burs are also placed into this machine to be sterilized as well.
A disinfectant soak tray is also used at Burbey Orthodontics. This tray is used for items such as, large mirrors or cheek retractors. Once these objects have been soaking for at least 30 minutes, they can be removed from the liquid, rinsed with distilled water, and dried. As mentioned earlier, the office also uses CaviCide towelettes to properly disinfect each chair after a patient leaves the chair. Surface disinfectant is also used on other surfaces, such as the sink or counters, in order to keep the area clean of contaminants. Dr. Burbey and the assistants use proper techniques to keep a safe environment for all.
Tests are used each week to make sure our sterilization techniques and machines are up to date and working to keep our office and our patient’s safe and clean. If you ever have any questions about our sterilization methods or others, feel free to come and ask! We are always doing our best to create the most comfortable and sanitary environment for you!
If you ever have any questions about our sterilization methods and infection controls please don’t hesitate to ask. Dr. Burbey would be more than happy to explain how it works and why it is so important. Contact us now!