Starting Invisalign Treatment? 3 Things You Should Know for the Holidays

If you're starting treatment with Invisalign this year, you might be concerned about the holidays. Braces can have a direct impact on how you enjoy the holidays, especially where metal braces are concerned. Luckily, Invisalign aligners allow you to enjoy the holidays with the treatment you need to straighten your teeth. If you're not familiar with Invisalign, you might not know how to prepare for the holidays. Read the information provided below to navigate the holidays with your Invisalign aligners. 

You Can Remove Your Aligners

Now that you're ready to start your Invisalign treatment, you want to stay on track. Because of that, you might think that you need to keep your aligners on throughout the day. Luckily, that's not the case, especially during the holidays. You can actually remove your aligners for several reasons during the day. That means you can remove your aligners to eat or take pictures.

You Do Need to Protect Your Teeth

If you'll get orthodontic treatment with Invisalign during the holidays, you will need to take steps to protect your teeth from the holiday treats. Part of that protection includes brushing and flossing your teeth after each meal. If you leave your aligners in place during meals, you might think that you can avoid needing to brush and floss, but that's not the case. Food particles can get inside the aligners. If those particles stay inside the aligners, your teeth can suffer extensive damage.

To avoid that risk, remove the aligners after each meal so that you can brush your teeth. You should also rinse your aligners before placing them back into your mouth. 

You Will Need to Keep Your Aligners Sanitary

Now that you have Invisalign aligners, you'll want to protect them against bacterial growth. Bacterial growth can occur when your aligners aren't cleaned properly, or when you store your aligners out in the open. Unfortunately, the bacteria can get transferred to your mouth, which is one reason why you need to protect your aligners.

To do this, first, wash your aligners at least once a day. Second, store your aligners in their container when you're not wearing them. 

If you're receiving orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, use the tips provided here to protect your teeth, and your aligners, this holiday season.

To learn more about Invisalign or other dental treatments options you might need, contact a dental office to set up an appointment.