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Do You Wear Invisalign? Here’s How to Survive Cold & Flu Season

November 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nancy @ 7:18 pm
young woman sneezing during cold and flu season

It’s officially that magical time of the year everyone looks forward to – winter! Although many are excited to reconnect with loved ones and celebrate the holidays, they’re also stocking up on tissues, hand sanitizer, and vitamin C. For those currently undergoing Invisalign treatment, cold and flu season can pose a unique set of challenges. Luckily, there are many ways you can reduce your exposure to germs and viruses while wearing the aligners. Read on for a few tips!

Drink Plenty of Water

Everyone knows about the incredible benefits of water. Well, it’s especially important to stay hydrated during cold and flu season. Drinking plenty of water can help you avoid dry mouth and the complications that come with it. For example, when you’re sick and have a stuffy nose, you may naturally resort to mouth-breathing. Unfortunately, that habit can decrease saliva production, cause dry mouth, and leave your oral cavity vulnerable to harmful bacteria. By staying hydrated and breathing your nose whenever possible, you can lower your risk of cavities and bad breath.

Wash Your Hands

Regularly washing your hands is a piece of advice that cannot be emphasized enough. Make sure you clean them often during cold and flu season, especially before doing anything with your Invisalign aligners. If you fail to do so, you can introduce your mouth to germs and bacteria that make you sick. Of course, it’s not always practical (or possible) to wash your hands before removing your trays. Therefore, you may want to consider using an aligner removal tool like OrthoKey.

Keep Your Areas Clean

If you work at a desk, on a computer, or handle equipment throughout the day, be sure to clean these areas thoroughly on a regular basis. These personal spaces and devices give people a false sense of security, making them think they can’t get sick since it’s their germs. Next time you remove your Invisalign aligners, make sure you store them in their designated retainer case. Not only will it protect them from germs, but you’re less likely to misplace them or accidentally toss them out.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

When you’re sick, the last thing on your mind might be to follow your oral hygiene routine. However, it’s critical to remain diligent in brushing and flossing your teeth – even when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s the best and most sure-fire way to keep your smile in optimal condition!

Carry Reinforcements in Your Travel Kit

Are you currently undergoing Invisalign treatment? You probably already have numerous oral care accessories that you carry with you daily. In preparation for cold and flu season, be sure to stock up on essentials like hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, lotion, and Chapstick as well!

Don’t forget to take proper care of your Invisalign aligners during cold and flu season. By following the tips outlined above, you can survive the coming months with a healthy smile and stay on track with your treatment plan!

About the Practice

At Sensational Smiles Orthodontics, we’re passionate about helping every patient that walks through our door achieve their absolute best smile. Our team takes the time to get to know each patient personally, providing them with the exceptional dental care they deserve. For more cold and flu season tips, visit our website or call (920) 798-6087.

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