5 Invisalign® Tips for the Holiday Season

Invisalign Dentists Grandville MI

The holiday season is just around the corner! Are you on track with your Invisalign® treatment? If not, our Invisalign dentists in Grandville, MI, are ready to help.

Regardless of where you’re at in your orthodontic journey, it’s important that you set yourself up for success so you don’t lose the progress you’ve already made with your smile.

Here’s how to survive the holidays during the Invisalign process.

1. Remove Aligners Before Drinking Hot Beverages

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate during the holidays. However, it’s important that you remove your clear aligners before the first sip. Hot beverages will not only stain your aligners, but can warp them and affect how they fit over your teeth.

When you’re away from home, be sure to take your Invisalign storage case, toothpaste, and travel-sized toothbrush. That way, you can enjoy hot beverages without guilt. Simply remove your aligners to drink anything but water. Then, brush your teeth before wearing your Invisalign clear aligners again.

2. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

People tend to travel more during the holiday season to visit relatives. If this describes your plans, be sure to carry a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste with you while you’re on the go. This will allow you to keep up on your oral hygiene while you’re away from home.

3. Wear Your Aligners Consistently

There’s no shortage of holiday treats, whether you’re at home or in the office. While we love celebrating with food, it’s important that you be diligent about wearing your Invisalign aligners 20 to 22 hours per day. For this reason, we recommend saving snacks until your normal meal times.

For example, you may tuck away a gingerbread cookie until it’s time to eat lunch. That way, you’re not removing your aligners more often than you should to stay on track with your treatment plan.

4. Don’t Skip Invisalign Appointments

Buy groceries for Thanksgiving? Check.

Pick up the in-laws from the airport? Check.

Go to your Invisalign appointment at 44 West? Check.

We understand that the holidays can be stressful and that you probably have a to-do list a mile long. However, it’s important that you continue to take care of yourself during the holiday season. This includes coming to every Invisalign appointment at 44 West.

During your Invisalign appointments, we’ll check on your progress and give you the next set of aligners in your treatment series if you’re ready. Attending every Invisalign appointment is one of the best ways you can stay on track with your orthodontic treatment during the holidays.

5. Show off Your Smile with Confidence

One of the benefits of Invisalign aligners is that they’re clear and discreet. This means that you can smile with confidence for every holiday selfie or group photo with family and friends.

As we approach the end of the year, now is the perfect time to reflect on our lives and express gratitude for everything that is good. While wearing Invisalign aligners may be challenging during the holidays, at least you’re one step closer to the smile of your dreams.

Keep up the great work, and we’ll see you during your next appointment!

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation

Ready to start your Invisalign journey? Schedule a consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists in Grandville, MI. Call 44 West Dental Professionals at (616) 530-2200 or fill out our online contact form. We’d be more than happy to help you achieve a healthier, more attractive smile through Invisalign treatment.