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Five Tips for Proper Orthodontic Care Between Visits
March 26, 2020
In Wisconsin, it's been mandated that we shelter at home. And, our office will continue to be open for you for emergency situations. But we've been getting questions about what you can do until your next visit to keep your mouth healthy.
The American Association of Orthodontics provided some great tips to care 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 First Choice Dental orthodontist. Running low on rubber bands? Don’t worry. Call your First Choice Dental Orthodontic clinic at (608) 848-0820 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 next, 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 us if you have any questions.
We're still here for you, even if we're not in the office. And, you can still call any of our convenient orthodontic clinics at any time at (608) 848-0820 with any concerns.
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.
Here's to your health! And we hope that you and your family continues to stay safe and be well!