It’s that time of year again — time for the excitement of the holidays and good times with family and friends. The holiday season can be as hectic as it is exciting, so it’s only natural that you fall out of your routine occasionally.
When it comes to Invisalign, holidays can make keeping up with your routine extra tricky. So how can you survive the holidays with Invisalign? Let’s look at six easy tips.
The Invisalign Holiday Guide: 6 Tips to Keep Up With Your Routine
1. Keep Your Case With You
There’s a lot going on during the holidays, like traveling to meet family and friends, having people over, and going on trips. You also spend a lot more time eating, which means you may remove your Invisalign aligners more often than normal.
It’s easy to set them down on a surface and forget them or accidentally throw them away amid all the hustle and bustle. So keep your case with you and put your aligners in it as soon as you remove them. This will ensure you don’t forget or lose them and disrupt your progress.
2. Remember to Stick With Your Invisalign Routine
The chaos of the holiday season can disrupt your routine, but you have to remain compliant with your treatment in order to see the optimal results. So remember to stick with your routine. Consider setting alarms for after mealtime so you remember to put your aligners back in.
3. Brush and Floss After You Eat or Drink
There’s a lot of eating during the holidays, and you don’t want to risk trapping all that food against your teeth.
Take the time to brush and floss your teeth after every meal, snack, and drink (excluding water). This ensures that your teeth stay healthy and eliminates the risk of weakened enamel, irritated gums, and cavities.
4. Don’t Snack With Your Aligners In
One of the best parts of the holidays is the food and snacks, but you don’t want to let them mess up your aligners. It can take some extra effort, but you should always remove your aligners before you eat. Chewing with your aligners can crack or break them, which disrupts your progress.
5. Focus on Holiday Activities Besides Eating and Drinking
It can quickly become annoying to remove your trays every time you snack. So try to focus on other holiday activities that don’t involve eating and drinking, like going out with family and friends or arts and crafts. This makes it easier for you to keep up with your Invisalign routine, and caring for your aligners will be much less of a hassle.
6. Remember Your Goals to Stay Motivated
Remembering why you started Invisalign in the first place can help you stay motivated to keep up with your routine during the holiday season. Maybe you wanted straighter teeth, or your bite was bothering you and making your jaw hurt. Thinking of the end result will keep you on the right track.
Enjoy the Holiday Season With Invisalign
You don’t have to let the holiday joy disrupt your routine. Following these six steps will ensure you have an amazing holiday season while staying on your journey to straighter, healthier teeth with Invisalign.