4/30/2020

Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on June 24, 2020


Orthodontic patient being fitted for Invisalign traysWhen it comes to discreet orthodontic treatment, Invisalign® is one of the most popular options. This system straightens the teeth with clear aligner trays, rather than metal bands, brackets, and wires. To keep your trays in tip-top shape, it is important to clean them regularly.

Here, dentist Stephen C. Dowell, serving Minerva, OH, Carrollton, OH, and Dover, OH, offers tips for cleaning your aligner trays. Following a few simple guidelines will help you keep your aligners fresh and your treatment on track.

Daily Cleaning Routine for Optimal Care

Daily maintenance is essential to keeping your trays clean and fog-free. Most importantly, however, proper care keeps your aligners free from harmful bacteria. Here are a few things that Invisalign patients should do every single day.

Brush Your Teeth. Clean Your Trays

When you wake up, remove your trays and brush as floss as you normally would. It is also important to clean your aligners. We recommend using a super soft toothbrush to remove plaque and other debris from your trays. Never use a hard brush, as it could damage the aligners.

Instead of toothpaste, use a clear antibacterial soap. (Avoid soaps with dyes, as they can stain the aligners.) Many toothpastes are too abrasive and can scratch the trays.

Always Rinse Your Aligners

When you remove your trays, be sure to rinse them immediately to remove saliva and debris. Dried saliva can harbor bacteria and be difficult to remove.

When you rinse your aligners, always use lukewarm water. Hot water can actually warp the trays.

Brush and Floss before Replacing Trays

To be effective, aligner trays should be worn at least 22 hours every day. This means they should only be removed when eating or drinking.

After you are finished eating, brush and floss your teeth before placing your tray back in your mouth. If you do not do this, bacteria and food particles can become trapped between the trays and your teeth and increase the risk for cavities.

Soak Your Aligners Daily

Your aligner trays should be soaked daily. Invisalign offers a cleaning kit specifically designed for the system. Many patients find that denture cleaner is just as effective. You can also mix water with vinegar or peroxide. Patients should avoid soaking their Invisalign trays in mouthwash, especially formulas that contain alcohol. Ask our team for recommendations.

How to Preserve the Condition of Your Aligners

In addition to properly cleaning the aligner trays, patients should be sure to store them properly when they are not in use. Your dentist will provide you with a hard, protective case. Avoid carrying the aligners loose in your pockets. This not only increases the risk of bacteria; it may also cause your trays to warp.

Contact Our Practice for More Information

Keeping aligner trays clean is imperative for those undergoing Invisalign treatment. If you are considering orthodontic treatment with Invisalign and would like to know more, reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members. To learn more, schedule an appointment at our practice. You can call us at (330) 868-5001 or contact us online anytime.

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