Preparing for the holidays entails expecting to be busier than usual. There will be dinner plans to make, time to spend with family and loved ones, and a lot of shopping to get done quickly and efficiently. Because of how hectic this time of year can be, it is especially important to stay on top of everything you need to keep your dental health in tip-top shape. Going above and beyond to optimize your aligner use is what this entails. Consider some of these tips to improve your Invisalign aligner practice if you think you’ll struggle to keep up with them this holiday season.
They should be worn daily
The most important thing you can do is wear your aligners as directed. The American Dental Association recommends wearing Invisalign aligners for the majority of the day, ranging from 20 to 22 hours. Setting cell phone reminders may be a good idea if you find yourself forgetting to wear them due to the holiday rush. Failure to wear your aligners may jeopardize the long-term straightening of your teeth.
Keep the storage case close by
One of the most important things you can do to avoid losing your aligners is to keep your storage case with you. This is especially important when wearing aligners and eating or drinking. Many people wrap their aligners in a napkin, which is dangerous because they may be thrown out with other napkins. Bring your case, and remember to put your aligners away after you’ve finished at the table to avoid losing them.
Brush and floss every day
It is essential to stick to your flossing and brushing routine. Not only should you brush and floss twice a day, but you should also floss and brush after meals. This is significant because the aligners keep bacteria in your mouth from accumulating and growing. Good oral hygiene is essential at parties and family gatherings because there is so much eating and drinking. Carrying mouthwash is another good way to protect your teeth.
Take out your aligners before you start drinking
If you remove your aligners before drinking, you have a better chance of avoiding tooth discomfort and structural issues. If you do not remove your aligners, hot liquids can cause tooth sensitivity and warp the shape of your teeth. During the holidays, anything from hot coffee to tea can damage your aligners, so take them out before drinking and replace them after brushing your teeth. This simple precautionary measure can help you save money on future replacements.
Speaking with the Dr. Aaron Gavri, your Fulshear Invisalign specialist, will help you determine whether Invisalign is right for you or your child. Call or email us today to schedule your free consultation!