Whether it is mandated, or you’ve placed your family under self-quarantine, you may be unsure of when you’ll be back in your orthodontist’s office for treatment. Remember, you are also a partner in the process and your oral health care doesn’t end between visits.
Here are a few tips for caring for your teeth in between now and your next visit:
1. Clean your teeth multiple times a day.
If you’re sporting an orthodontic appliance, either braces or aligners, keeping your teeth clean is important no matter the situation. Follow the guidelines noted in step two below to ensure you’re doing the job well.
2. Use what you have at home.
You likely have all the supplies you need already. A little water, your toothbrush, some floss and toothpaste go a long way.
Rinse your mouth with water after drinking a sugary or acidic beverage. Brush your teeth and gums after every meal or snack. Floss once a day. And don’t forget to look in the mirror to make sure you’ve cleaned thoroughly each time.
3. Wear your elastics or retainers as prescribed.
Keep your orthodontic treatment on track by following the recommendations of your orthodontist. Running low on rubber bands? Don’t worry. Call your orthodontist to come up with a plan to get your hands on more.
4. Avoid problematic foods and drinks.
Due to the potential uncertainty of when you will be able to visit your orthodontist, it is especially important to handle your appliances with care. Avoid hard, sticky foods that could potentially break brackets. Skip or limit sugary beverages like sports drinks and soda. Water is best!
5. Call your orthodontist if you have any questions.
Your orthodontist is still there for you, even if they aren’t in the office. Contact them if you have any concerns during this time.
These are just a few steps you can take to help keep things on track with your orthodontic treatment. A little extra effort on your end now will pay off big time when you get back into your orthodontic routine.
Trust an AAO orthodontist
You can work with an American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Orthodontist to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile at any age. Orthodontists are experts in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – properly aligned teeth and jaws – and possess the skills and experience to give you your best smile. Find an orthodontist near you at aaoinfo.org/locator.