A crucial part of your routine with clear aligners such as Invisalign is making sure that your teeth and implements remain clean throughout the day. As we all know, Covid-19 has caused changes to every aspect of our daily lives, and taking care of your aligners is no exception! We’re here to explain the impact of Covid-19 on the precautions you should take to protect yourself from the coronavirus as your teeth are straightened.
What does Covid-19 have to do with Invisalign?
While simply using Invisalign puts patients at no additional risk for diseases such as Covid-19, the specific steps you take throughout the day to clean your aligners may promote the spread of germs and the virus. Patients with clear aligners must remove them before eating or drinking anything other than water; this usually means that the aligners go in and out of the mouth several times throughout the day. Touching your face, especially your mouth, greatly increases your chances of becoming infected with Covid-19, so it is important to consider extra steps to keep yourself safe while you maintain the hygiene of your aligners.
What can I do to protect myself?
Consider when, how, and where you perform activities that require you to handle your aligners. The most important step you can take to protect yourself from Covid-19 as you insert or remove your aligners is to ensure that you do so in an environment that allows you to have clean hands and a clean place to put the aligners. For many patients, waiting to eat or drink until you arrive at home and have washed your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds is the best option. However, if you must remove your aligners in public, make sure that you have thoroughly sanitized or washed your hands, and that your aligners’ case is clean.
The Covid-19 pandemic is making changes necessary across our lives, but these minor shifts to our routines are essential for staying safe. Make sure you adhere to the best hand hygiene standards possible when handling your clear aligners to avoid getting ill! If you have any questions about the impact of Covid-19 on orthodontic treatments or any other issues, contact Tisseront Orthodontics today!