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Jan 03, 2024

Getting sick is never pleasant. Whether you’re wearing traditional braces or using Invisalign aligners, it’s important to know how to care for your orthodontic appliances and maintain oral health when you’re feeling under the weather. At GSO Orthodontics, we’re here to guide you through managing your orthodontic treatment when you’re sick.

Oral Hygiene is Key

Illness often leads to an increased presence of bacteria and acids in the mouth, especially if you’re experiencing vomiting or a higher intake of sugary liquids like juices or soft drinks. Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial:

  • Brush Regularly: Brush your teeth gently but thoroughly at least twice a day.
  • Rinse Your Mouth: If brushing isn’t immediately possible (for instance, after vomiting), rinse your mouth with water or a fluoride mouthwash to help neutralize acids and remove bacteria.


Caring for Your Braces

  • Avoid Certain Medicines: Some cough syrups and throat lozenges contain high levels of sugar which can be harmful to your braces and teeth. Opt for sugar-free versions where possible.
  • Soft Foods Are Your Friends: When you’re not feeling well, soft foods can be more comfortable and less likely to damage your braces. Soups, yogurt, and smoothies are good options.

Managing Invisalign Aligners

  • Maintain Your Routine: Continue to wear your Invisalign aligners as prescribed, but be sure to remove them while eating or drinking anything other than water.
  • Extra Cleaning: If you’re sick, clean your aligners more frequently to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Rinsing them and brushing them gently with a clear liquid soap every time you take them out is a good practice.

Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important when you’re sick, and it’s also beneficial for your oral health. Drinking plenty of water helps wash away bacteria and food particles, keeping your mouth clean.

Post-Illness Care

Once you’re feeling better, replace your toothbrush to avoid re-introduction of germs. For Invisalign users, give your aligners a thorough cleaning with Invisalign Cleaning Crystals which are designed to keep the aligners odor-free and hygienic.


Being sick while having orthodontic treatment can be tough, but with the right care, it doesn’t have to derail your progress towards a beautiful smile. Remember, the key is to maintain good oral hygiene, be gentle with your appliances, and stay hydrated. At GSO Orthodontics, we’re committed to supporting you through every step of your orthodontic journey.

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