Whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, administrator, or otherwise, back-to-school season is an exciting one. It’ll be even more interesting this year if you’re an Invisalign patient too. How do you make this cosmetic dentistry solution fit into your schedule when class is in session? Here are tips to make it easy and seamlessly fit into your lifestyle.
Keep Your Case Handy
Your Invisalign case is your best friend throughout your entire treatment. The aligners must be removed for every meal, snack, or beverage besides water. And what do you do with the trays while they’re out of your mouth? You don’t want to just stick them in your pocket to gather lint, toss them in your bag to get crushed or lost, or wrap them in a napkin and then forget about them only to discover they’ve been trashed. The slim Invisalign case is easy to carry around and doesn’t have a huge footprint so you can slip it in your pocket, purse, backpack, fanny pack, or otherwise. Easy as pie.
Pack a Toothbrush
Everyone has their necessities in their backpack, messenger bag, briefcase, or tote bag. Make sure that a little dental care kit is one of them, filled with toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. When you wear Invisalign, you need to brush and floss your teeth more often than just twice a day. Every time you remove the trays, clean your teeth before the aligners go back in your mouth. This ensures that there aren’t any food particles or bacteria getting caught between your teeth and the snug-fitting trays, which reduces the chance of any cavities developing.
Regular cleanings also keep your trays clean, clear, and odor-free – and that’s a must. After all, one of the biggest perks of wearing Invisalign is that no one can really see them. Be willing to put in the work to keep things that way.
Stick to Your Schedule
Though adults may thrive on routine, teens may grumble about the non-negotiable schedule that surrounds school. Help your wearer of Invisalign Teen enjoy the benefits of sticking to a schedule when it comes to being an Invisalign patient. Have them add dental-related deadlines and reminders to a daily planner or phone so they’re at the ready, including the dates for changing out trays and visiting the dentist
Invisalign is all about routine and consistency and responsibility just like going back-to-school. Though many parents worry that the distractions of school and growing up may prevent their teenager from doing well with this orthodontic alternative, research has shown that kids are so happy to not have brackets and wires that they are all in on the demands of Invisalign.
Invisalign is not limiting. In fact, it can be very freeing for many people. You’ll begin to see the results of your efforts within weeks as your smile slowly but surely straightens out and comes into alignment. That’s the hard work of Invisalign – and your dedication to the treatment.
Back-to-school time or otherwise, it’s always a good time to learn more about Invisalign and find out if you’re a good candidate for this revolutionary treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Charmaine Johnson, Fort Lauderdale Invisalign provider at Premier Smile Center, to learn more.