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Unwrap a Straighter Smile This Season with Invisalign

November 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dclakewood @ 6:14 pm
A woman with holiday cheer showing off her Invisalign aligner

‘Tis the season to bring warmth and joy into your home. For many families, this time of year comes with a whirlwind of activities and celebrations. For those wearing Invisalign, maintaining your treatment plan amidst this chaos can be tough!

In this guide, you’ll find tips to help you enjoy the season with loved ones while staying on track with your treatment. Perhaps this year, you’ll unwrap a new smile?

Wear Your Aligners for the Recommended Time

Amidst the holiday hustle, it can be difficult to track how long you’ve worn your aligners. To stay on track with your Invisalign treatment, be sure to wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day. A good way to keep tabs is to only take them off at certain times like during meals.

Keep Your Aligners in a Case

When not in use, it’s crucial to rinse, dry, and store your aligners. Keep your carrying case handy. This not only prevents them from being contaminated by bacteria but also protects them from accidental damage. The last thing you need is your uncle sitting on them in his easy chair because you dropped them.

Avoid Grazing Throughout the Day

Because there’s so much food and so many snacks available during the holidays, it’s easy to snack. While this may be tempting, you should refrain, especially if you plan to “cheat” and eat with your aligners in. Taking your aligners off repeatedly and needing to continually brush and floss takes time.

These moments add up, slowing your treatment. And eating solid food with your aligners on could damage them.

Brush and Floss After Every Meal

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is critical, especially during the holidays when sugar is everywhere. After indulging in festive foods, take the time to brush and floss before reinserting your Invisalign aligners. This stops food from getting trapped under them, preventing the spread of bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.

Don’t Drink Hot Beverages with Your Aligners

How could the season be complete without a cup of hot cocoa or coffee?  While you can enjoy these beverages freely with Invisalign, it’s important to remove your aligners before consuming hot drinks. High temperatures can warp the aligners, affecting their effectiveness. Enjoy your spiced cider or hot wassail with your aligners safely stowed away.

The holidays are a time to cherish moments with loved ones, and your Invisalign treatment shouldn’t interfere with these experiences. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy the festivities with confidence, knowing you’re taking care of your smile.

About the Practice

At Dental Center of Lakewood, Dr. Travis Spillman and Dr. Jacquelyn Green are your expert dental team. They work together to deliver results that matter for your smile whether it’s through Invisalign or other treatments. They’re committed to quality care through state-of-the-art dental technology and a highly trained and friendly support staff. To schedule an Invisalign consultation, call (214) 823-5253 or visit the website to delve into the other services they provide.

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