While self-isolating in this time of uncertainty, you can be rest assured the work on your teeth remains in motion. Your braces won’t know the self-isolating issues we face, they will keep working. Your orthodontist remains open, in a restricted manner of course. The world seems paused, but you need not worry your treatment will too. In this post, we’ll show you the basics of oral care during a lockdown and how you can be confident about your smile by remembering how to look after your braces while self-isolating. Let’s get going.
How to Look After Braces While Self-Isolating
Ensure Treatment Isn’t Affected?
While self-isolating during a lockdown, an orthodontist’s office will remain open for emergencies and treatment advancements like essential tightening and wire changes. Those who undergo Invisalign treatment may need a tooth shaved or attachments attended to. In the office, you will need to follow a strict social distancing and cleanliness protocol. Each office will have different rules. The general rules will apply across the board.
Staying in touch with your orthodontist is essential during a lockdown. You’ll be notified when an appointment is necessary. A zoom or telephone call may be all that is needed to sort out the issue. You can generally set up a virtual appointment with ease with your provider. Keep going as per the treatment plan set out at the beginning during self-isolating.
Invisalign treatment already involved smart app technology before the lockdown. All Invisalign customers receive a mouth device (retractors) and are invited to load an app on the smartphone to ensure the weekly scans are sent. Advancing your Invisalign treatment during a lockdown won’t be much harder than normal. Only essential visits to the offices are needed.
Office Visits During Lockdown
Before you enter, you’ll be asked to stay in your car until called. Announce your arrival by calling the office. More than likely your orthodontist will have a dedicated COVID number.
- You’ll need to sanitize your hands and put on a face mask.
- You’ll be asked questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms.
- Your temperature will be taken with a device to your forehead
- Furniture allocated in social distance.
- There will be a lack of magazines and iPads. Also, NO coffee and beverages.
- Only the patient and one guardian if needed will be allowed in the office. The guardian may be asked to wait in reception.
- You’ll need to stay 6 feet or more from the nearest person.
Sanitizing the areas the orthodontist needs to work in IS ESSENTIAL. Therefore, the wait between patients is longer. It is important that you do not attend the office if you are suffering symptoms. You’ll have to wait the agreed isolation time before rescheduling.
New Patients for Braces Treatment
If you want or need to begin orthodontic treatment during a lockdown, you’ll begin as per the norm. A virtual consultation will be set up between the expert and yourself. In this discussion, your needs will be investigated, and the first steps will be announced.
It will begin with X-rays. These will need to be done in the office. The above protocols in effect. Any molds or actions needed will be done in quick succession and at the same time to avoid repeated visits.
Invisalign patients will find a set of aligners readied in a few weeks. An appointment will be necessary to it the first one and to go over compliance rules and aligner removal tips. Then you will have enough aligners to get you going, all your appointments and scans from then on are done using smartphone apps and emails.
Dental Emergencies During Self-Isolation
An orthodontic or dental emergency may well happen during a lockdown. In this case, you’ll have to wait longer than usual for an appointment. When it does come you need to follow the protocol and see the orthodontist to have the issue sorted. There are ways to fix small issues at home.
In general, a wire is threaded through the brackets and tightened gradually to ensure that your teeth move into their proper position. However, these wires can sometimes break, leading to loosened wires that can stick out from your teeth.
Loose wires have the potential of causing bleeding if they hit the gum and other portions of the mouth. Until you can go and get it replaced, you’ll want to bend the wire back with a pair of tweezers. By using relief wax, the wire can be held in place against the tooth on a temporary basis.
Along with wires, the actual brackets can also become loose. This is an emergency that you will want to get looked at by an orthodontist as quickly as possible. The brackets are the square portion of the orthodontic appliance that is glued directly to the front of your teeth. This adhesive is exceedingly durable.
However, there are times when it won’t hold up when eating. If the bracket becomes loose, it should simply hang from the wire until fixed without causing any further damage to your mouth. It’s a frustrating problem that will cause you to be uncomfortable until it’s dealt with properly.
Other Lockdown Issues
You may have other issues like lost or broken rubber bands. Consult with your orthodontist, they may be able to send you what you need in the post. Those with aligners face other issues too. Lost aligners are a real problem outside a lockdown, in a lockdown, they are worse.
A new aligner will need ordering at your expense
A new aligner will need ordering at your expense, and you’ll need to go and collect it. This adds to the unnecessary visits we need to avoid during a pandemic. If a tooth attachment falls off, you will need an appointment. Make one and be prepared to wait a little longer.
At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can help during a lockdown. Whether your treatment is Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. We are still open for new Children, teenagers, and adults to have an examination and to learn more about straightening their teeth.
Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expertise in all procedures. This is to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices. Call us to schedule your first appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.
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I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University and then received my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the University of Kentucky. After, I attended the University of Tennessee to complete my Master of Science in Orthodontics degree.
I consider every minute of continuing education to be vital for my patients and myself. Staying current with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies within my field allows me to improve treatment efficiency and provide higher quality results for each person I treat.