Orthodontist used headlamp to treat patients during California power outage

Kensington, Calif.-based orthodontist Claire Ferrari, DDS, has been getting creative to treat patients through the massive blackouts in California, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Utility PG&E Corp. has been cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of residents and business owners in Northern California. The shutdowns are meant to prevent the possibility of a deadly fire. Around 600,000 customers, including Dr. Ferrari, were without power as of Thursday morning.

With no power, Dr. Ferrari used a battery-operated headlamp to readjust a patient's braces, reports WSJ. She also improvised with the dental chair, making patients lay upside down, because the chair can't be reclined without power.

PG&E said it could take one to five days to completely restore power.

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