Getting sick is never enjoyable. For those trying to straighten their teeth, they must manage their aligners while nursing themselves back to health. Wearing aligners for 22 hours each day complicates your normal routine, so catching a cold or the flu can throw off your routine entirely. You still want the results of the aligners even while you are sick, which requires you to adapt your habits to bounce back from falling ill.
EverSmile gathered the best tips for recovering from being sick while still wearing your aligners. Do your best to stay healthy — but if you do catch a cold or the flu, try out these tips to get over it faster.
1. Stay Hydrated
Doctors constantly preach how important fluids are for our health. When you're sick, your body dries out faster from mouth-breathing and decongestant medications. Drinking water not only replenishes your water supply, but it also helps flush out toxins and get the necessary nutrients to all parts of the body for quicker healing. You can drink water with your aligners in, which is a plus!
2. Choose Clear, Sugar-Free Cough Drops
To avoid staining your teeth and aligners, you will want to find cough drops that lack coloring. In addition, it is beneficial to select sugar-free lozenges to prevent sugar from settling on your teeth and creating cavities. We know the fruity, colorful ones taste better. However, in the long run, clear, sugar-free cough drops will benefit you more.
3. Remove Aligners When Necessary
If you have a stomach bug, it may be best to remove your aligners until you recover. Keeping them in may cause more of a problem than you need while you work on getting back to good health. If you happen to get sick with them in, thoroughly brush your teeth to clean your mouth and the aligners before putting them back in.
4. Clean Your Aligners Often
When you take your aligners in and out, your germs stay on the trays until you clean them. During cold and flu season, it is especially important to clean your aligners frequently.
Prevent germ and bacteria buildup with WhiteFoam from EverSmile. In a convenient on-the-go bottle, you can clean your aligners anywhere with a quick pump of the foam. As an added benefit, WhiteFoam will freshen your breath and whiten your teeth as well!
5. Wash Your Hands
The best defense we have against sickness is keeping our hands clean. Once we get sick, washing our hands becomes even more important to stop the spread of whatever we have to others.
It's also important for those who wear aligners to clean their hands regularly if they also use their hands to remove their aligners. It is easy to get sick when you are transferring germs from your hands to your mouth. When you are sick, you can transfer germs from your mouth to your hands to any surface you touch next. Sing "Happy Birthday" twice as you scrub your hands with soap and water to make sure you get every germ off as you rinse. If you are not able to wash your hands thoroughly before and after removing your aligners, consider a hand sanitizer, such as H& by EverPure.
6. Use a Removal Tool
Think of how many times you take your aligners out every day. You can limit the number of germs you spread by using a removal tool to handle your aligners. Instead of reaching into your mouth with hands that may or may not be clean, it is better to use a removal tool.
Straighten Your Teeth With Aligners Even When You're Sick
Following these tips will help you get back to work or school in no time. We know that aligners take some getting used to, and getting sick impacts wearing them as well. Our WhiteFoam cleansing product can aid you by killing unwanted bacteria in your mouth and preventing biofilm buildup on your aligners.
Shop WhiteFoam now to keep your aligners clean and fresh even when you catch a cold or flu. Shop H& by EverPure for hand sanitizer to help keep your hands clean and prevent the spread of germs.