Currently, many businesses and offices are closed due to concerns about COVID-19. Therefore, you might be wondering how to care for your braces during the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, your braces continue to work even though you cannot see your orthodontist at Arvay Orthodontics.
Caring for Your Braces During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Oral health has never been so important. Ensure you continue to practice good oral hygiene and brush your teeth after every meal and snack. Also, do not forget to floss at least once a day. Furthermore, if you drink anything acidic or sugary, rinse your mouth out afterward. It is best if you stick with drinking water, however.
Because of the delay in getting into your orthodontist and dentist, keeping your mouth clean and healthy will help you in many ways. For instance, frequent brushing means plaque does not have a chance to build up on your teeth. Plaque is a film that forms on the teeth that contains bacteria. The result of plaque build-up is tooth decay and gum disease. With so much effort going into creating a beautiful smile, it is worth it to ensure your mouth stays healthy.
Also, continue to wear your elastics if the orthodontist told you to wear them at your last appointment. If you are running low on elastics, please contact us so we may help you replenish your supply.
Food Choices and Restrictions
Caring for your braces during the coronavirus pandemic extends to food choices, as well. When you first started your orthodontic treatment, you were given a list of foods to avoid. For instance, hard, crunchy foods are off-limits. Sticky foods are, as well. These food restrictions protect your brackets from damage and from popping off the tooth. With offices closed or running on limited hours, it may be hard to get into the orthodontist to repair damaged brackets.
We Are Available to Answer Your Questions
The team at Arvay Orthodontics is here to answer your questions about how to care for your braces during the coronavirus pandemic. We might not be open for regular appointments, but you can reach our Morristown, NJ, office at 973-538-5067 or by email and our Flanders, NJ, office at 973-927-2260 or by email. We also help our new and existing patients through our virtual service.