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YFO has been alerted from the Mass Dental Society (MDS) with their guidance on COVID-19.  Effective Tuesday, March 17 through April 6, we must implement new restrictions on patient care. 

“As the facts and situation around COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to evolve, and in step with Governor Baker’s recent Declaration of a State of Emergency, the Massachusetts Dental Society Executive Committee and Board of Trustees is issuing the following guidance for dentists in Massachusetts.


The MDS strongly recommends that dentists / orthodontists practicing in the Commonwealth close their offices from March 17 to April 6 to patients seeking elective and non-urgent care. Thankfully, there are rarely any TRUE orthodontic emergencies that require urgent and immediate attention.

This is not guidance we are issuing lightly, and it is being done out of an abundance of caution during these turbulent times. As healthcare professionals, we all have a role to play in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and “flattening the curve” in order to follow sound scientific, public health advice, to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus.  

The spread of COVID-19 will be determined by our collective actions now and this recommendation is being made out of an abundance of caution. We believe by taking these extraordinary precautions, dentists can make a difference in helping to preserve the limited supply of personal protection equipment critical for emergency dental care and frontline healthcare personnel responding to the pandemic.”

If you have an appointment at YFO for orthodontic treatment, the appointment is canceled and we will work with you to reschedule it.  We are now restricting treatment to TRUE URGENT AND EMERGENCY CARE ONLY.  Our team will be in contact with you for rescheduling purposes in the near future.

URGENT / EMERGENCY CARE will be available on a pre-scheduled bases.  To be seen you MUST have one or more of these conditions:

  • SEVERE toothache pain (not just a twinge)
  • Swelling of your gums, face, or neck
  • Bleeding in your mouth THAT does not stop
  • Infection or a substantial risk of it
  • Trauma (such as a broken tooth, not a chip)

If you do require urgent / emergency care, please DO NOT just show up as we are closed.   Call the office and follow the emergency prompts.

For all NON-TRUE Orthodontic EMERGENCIES and to merely make yourself more comfortable, please visit our website and social media sites for DIY solutions that can make you comfortable and buy you time.  

We will have a limited supply of orthodontic emergency kits available TODAY ONLY (March 16th) at our WS location until 5pm for $10

  • A simple pair of cuticle cutters or craft wire cutters can easily be used as well
  • Orthodontic wax is available at your local drugstore, or use cotton intentionally tangled over the poking wire
  • OrthoDots available on Amazon are also very helpful

Please remember that we can always correct what is broken or what you happen to break in a few weeks.

We regret that we must restrict our patient care this way. We are serving our patients in the safest manner possible and in doing this, we will safeguard the community.  We hope you understand and we thank you for your cooperation. 

We are planning to issue updated guidance via email, text and social media channels as new information becomes available. We encourage you to check our website and social medial platforms for updates as they happen.

Stay Healthy,
Janice Yanni DDS and the entire yfo team

Welcome to YFO

Dr. Janice Yanni specializes in orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults with offices in West Springfield, Massachusetts and Tolland, Connecticut. We are pleased to offer a variety of treatment options including, Invisalign, Invisalign Express, Incognito, Six Month Smiles, and traditional braces. Our vision is to provide an orthodontic experience that is fun, affordable, interactive, and effective. It is never too early or too late to think about improving your smile.

Thank You From YFO

Dr. Janice Yanni of Yanni Family Orthodontics has been selected as a Best of West Springfield Award Winner - Orthodontist.  Dr. Yanni has been practicing orthodontia for the past 17 years and it shows in her work.  She exhibits rigor and precision in the field.  We are proud of Dr. Yanni and her continuous success.


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