IF YOU ARE A PATIENT AND YOU ARE EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH YOUR BRACE[S]
BEST ADVICE IS TO AVOID ALL BUT THE MOST ESSENTIAL MOUTH PROCEDURES TO LIMIT SPREAD OF COVID -19 TO THE WIDER POPULATION.
This guide will help you manage your treatment until you can see your orthodontist again, safely.
Be reassured that most orthodontic braces can be left in situ for some months without detriment to you, if you, the patient, continue with the usual after care instructions.
This means that, throughout this period and after, whether you are a patient in fixed braces, removable braces, retainers, or Invisalign aligners you should ensure you continue to
- MAINTAIN EXEMPLARY ORAL HYGIENE- brush 3 times a day [after meals] with your standard toothbrush, followed by your interproximal brush[es] in tandem with your Waterpik, [if you have one]. Also use a fluoride mouthrinse eg. Fluoriguard (225ppm), once a day.
- FOLLOW A LOW SUGAR DIET – Where possible avoid all snacking on sugars and drinks with ADDED SUGAR. Fizzy drinks should especially be avoided.
- AVOID HARD, STICKY AND HARD FOODSTUFFS that could break off your brackets [debond] from your tooth/teeth, fracture your archwire[s] or damage any temporary dental cement which is there to keep your teeth apart.