With our offices being closed due to the mandated COVID-19 stay-at-home order, more and more people are looking for ways to care for their smiles at home in between orthodontic appointments. At Cardinal Orthodontics, achieving the smile of your dreams is our top priority. This blog will provide you with tips on how to continue caring for your smile so that when our offices are back open we can pick up right where we left off!
Angle your tooth brush above and below your brackets at a 45 degree angle and brush your teeth in a gentle circular motion. Be sure to reach all the way around each bracket to avoid decalcification (permanent white spots). Don’t forget to brush the brackets as well in order to keep them clean and shiny!
Since Invisalign trays are removable, brushing is pretty simple! Remove the trays and brush each tooth as normal in a circular motion.
It’s especially important to remember to brush your gums and tongue to avoid bleeding/ puffy gums and bad breath.
If you’re under the mandated stay-at-home quarantine order and have more time on your hands than usual, this would be the perfect time to practice the proper flossing technique and floss after each meal (2-3 times/day). The quickest way to floss with braces is by using a Waterpik. The Waterpik is an efficient tool that helps remove food from between the brackets and archwires. However, it is still recommended to use floss threaders to remove plaque in between each tooth. Floss threaders can be purchased at your local grocery stores: Walmart, CVS and Walgreens!
For more information on properly brushing and flossing, click here.
Remember to rinse your mouth with fluoride mouth wash at least once a day. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel – this is extremely important, especially in between your orthodontic appointments. If you run out of fluoride mouth wash and are unable to make it to the store, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after drinking a sugary beverage.
We want to help you take care of your braces/Invisalign in between your orthodontic appointments. Below are ways you can help keep your treatment running on time even when our offices are closed:
Try not to stress about your orthodontic treatment during this time. Our team here at Cardinal Orthodontics will pick up right where we left off and help you stay on track to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call at: 314-962-6242. We are here to answer any questions you may have in between your orthodontic appointments.
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