Much has been changed since the vaccine for Covid-19 is introduced but people are still cautious about going back to their regular routines. However, Visiting your orthodontist could be important. If you are wondering if you should visit your orthodontist during the pandemic, here are some guidelines  that you can follow before, during and after your visit to stay safe when you need to visit your orthodontist.

Before Your Orthodontist Appointment

When you schedule your appointment post-covid, your orthodontist may ask you a few questions regarding your recent health which may include asking about symptoms such as fever, cough, or respiratory issues to ensure that anyone who walks in the clinic is healthy and can’t spread the illness to others. If you are exposed to anyone that tested positive, you should avoid visiting your orthodontist. If you have not been exposed and can answer no to most of the preliminary questions, then make sure to wear a mask, but you’re able to visit your orthodontist!

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During Your Orthodontist Appointment

You need to take the necessary steps to reduce contact to other patients by maintaining social distancing at all times. Dental personnel may take your temperature and ask about your symptoms during your check-in. You will also be required to sanitize your hands for your convenience. The team at the clinic is also equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves, to protect patients as well as staff.

After Your Orthodontist Appointment

The orthodontic team needs to disinfect and sanitize the area following your appointment which includes door handles, countertops, and any other equipment as used by patients and doctors. This best practice reduces the risks of infection. Individuals who experience COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of their appointment should inform the orthodontic clinic right away.

Current orthodontics seems to be impacted greatly by covid-19 but if you have an emergency situation you should still follow precautions. Please reach out to your current orthodontic team for an assessment if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Loose or broken metal braces
  • Discomfort from sharp archwires or brackets
  • Physical trauma to the mouth or teeth
  • Swelling in the face or gums

It is essential for patients to have healthy teeth and good oral hygiene so you should not leave any emergency situation untreated.