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:
Caring for Your Braces
Managing Invisalign Aligners
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.
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.