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Tips on Maintaining Your Smile During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A child with braces looking up, with gloved hands examining her mouth

The best way to maintain your smile during this pandemic is to avoid problems with your braces.

In this blog article, we’re going to give you some hints on how to avoid the most common problems.

Avoid Rough Contact Sports

Seriously. One of the fastest ways to break some of that equipment in your mouth is by force and trauma. So, try to avoid any fast and hard sports where you have a significant risk of falling face first.

Go for a bike ride, sure, but no racing right now. If you go hiking, wear the proper footwear. Think about activities you’re doing before you do them and if you are doing them in the safest way possible.

Stop Chewing on Things You Shouldn’t

Take those pencils and pens out of your mouth. Don’t chew on popsicle sticks, toothpicks, or anything else other than your food.

Don’t Use Your Teeth Like Tools

Your teeth are not tools. You shouldn’t be using them to open hard-to-open packages. Get a knife or some scissors. Don’t use your teeth like a pry bar or you’ll pry off your appliances.

Brush and Floss Your Teeth, A Lot

You’ll save yourself a lot of heartache by keeping your teeth clean. Brush and floss after eating and especially before bed. You want your teeth and mouth super clean when you’re asleep for several hours.

Flossing is always a pain when you have braces, but there are some good tools available to help you floss and get in all the nooks and crannies. Look in the toothbrush section of your local pharmacy.

Choose Your Food Carefully

We’re not kidding. Super hard or crunchy things can break your braces. Try to avoid them right now if at all possible. You can have a steady diet of them when your braces come off. We mean things like giant sub sandwiches or rock-hard, cold, deep-dish pizza, or hard candy like jaw- breakers.

If you take a little extra care right now, you can probably avoid orthodontic emergency visits. Even if you wouldn’t normally be so careful, it’s important to be careful now. Don’t worry—your braces will come off before you know it, and our offices are now open following the new COVID-19 Phase 2 protocols for BC.

Orthodontic Services in BC

Maduke-Bulat is a long-established orthodontics practice in Surrey, BC. Dr. Sandra Maduke and Dr. Ryan Bulat are both certified specialists offering cutting-edge orthodontics in a warm and compassionate environment.

If you have any questions about this article or orthodontics in general, or if you want to make an appointment with Maduke-Bulat, please contact us at (604) 591-8621.

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