Invisalign® wearers know what it takes to get through a day with their aligners. Add summer vacation into the mix and things can get just a little complex. Traveling, whether for a few days, a few weeks, or the entire summer, demands that you plan ahead where Invisalign® is concerned.
1. Visit Your Healdsburg Invisalign® Provider Before You Leave
If you’re going to be away from home for more than a few weeks, schedule an appointment with your Invisalign® provider. This will let you get a checkup and pick up your next sets of trays so you can take as many with you as you need. Make a plan with your Healdsburg dentist about what to do if you lose or break a tray while you’re away or find yourself with other Invisalign® problems.
2. Keep Following the Rules
Yes, vacation is the time to relax and not worry about your responsibilities – expect when it comes to your teeth. You must keep up with your Invisalign® treatment every day, whether you’re going camping, island hopping, international, or enjoying a staycation.
- Wear your trays 20 to 22 hours a day
- Remove your aligners for all meals and snacks
- Clean your trays daily and after meals
- Brush and floss your teeth morning and night and after each meal
- Trade out your aligners every two weeks
3. Create an Emergency Invisalign® Travel Kit
An emergency travel kit for Invisalign® wearers is more just a general travel kit. Make sure you have your Invisalign case – if you can’t carry the rest of your kit, always have your case in your bag or pocket so you can stash your trays for meals or whenever else you might need to. Stock up on a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste and flossers so you’re always ready to clean your teeth.
4. Take Along Extra Trays
It can be scary to take along precious Invisalign® trays that you haven’t worn yet, but you don’t want to be without any trays at all should something happen to the aligners in your mouth. Make sure you have your previous set of trays, as well as the next several sets, so you can keep your alignment going without any delays. The worst thing that can happen on your vacation is to not wear Invisalign® at all and completely derail your treatment. Keep all your trays in your carry-on bag so you always have them nearby and there is no chance of them getting lost.
5. Be a Good Invisalign® Patient
If you continue your good Invisalign® habits you established at home while you’re on vacation, then you’ll be fine the whole time. Just be responsible and wear your trays, brush your teeth, and be smart and conscientious about your dental care. The photos you take on vacation won’t be interrupted by Invisalign® and your vacation won’t be ruined by lost or damaged trays if you stay vigilant.
Getting ready for summer travel? Consult with your Healdsburg, CA, certified Invisalign® provider, Dr. Tam, at Healdsburg Dental Spa. Schedule a checkup so you’re ready for anything that comes your way while you’re enjoying vacation.