Are you tired of the endless rain and feel like it’s time for a holiday? We know the feeling. If you have some travel plans on the horizon, you might be wondering what it will be like to travel with Invisalign so we have designed a plan to help! This handy guide to help ease some of the worry so you can enjoy your time away.
Invisalign Travel Kit
Here’s a checklist you can use when travelling with Invisalign:
- Your current Invisalign tray and case
- An extra case
- Your previous tray and your next tray if you have it. (Consult with your orthodontist if you are going to be gone for an extended period.)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
Remember: if you are flying, you will need travel sizes of toothpaste and mouthwash so you don’t have to throw them away when you go through security. If you forget or have to get rid of anything, don’t delay in replacing it when you arrive at your destination.
It’s also nice to have handy sizes. You will likely be out and about most of the time so you’ll want to keep your kit with you at all times.
Travelling usually means that you will likely be eating out more than normal. That’s great! Trying out new restaurants is fun and exciting, and a great way to get to know a new place. But it means that you’ll have to pay close attention to your Invisalign trays so don’t forget your Invisalign case!
The same rules apply, wear your Invisalign tray during travel at all times except for eating, drinking and brushing. You should aim to wear your trays for 22 hours a day.
Of course, the reality is that this gets difficult on holidays. If you find yourself restaurant hopping, eating and drinking more frequently throughout the day, take good care to brush and floss (or at least give your mouth a good rinse) between meals or drinks and try to keep your trays in as much as possible.
Consult with your orthodontist before travelling with Invisalign
As mentioned above, talk to your orthodontist before you take off. If you will have to miss a scheduled appointment, make sure you communicate that so you can reschedule and can talk about how to make up for lost if you need.
Finally… enjoy yourself! Holidays are meant to take the stress off so get into good habits before you leave and allow yourself to relax.
If you have any questions about whether Invisalign is right for you, you can read our Invisalign FAQ’s. or give us a call to book a consultation and let’s get you going toward the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Dr. Lesley Williams is a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics. She grew up in Victoria, BC with her parents and two sisters.
After being awarded her Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree in 1989, Dr. Williams then spent six years as a dentist in general practice before deciding that she wanted to further her education by undertaking three extra years of highly specialized training in orthodontics. With her Masters in Science (Orthodontics) degree under her belt, she went on to sit the Orthodontic Specialty Fellowship exams through the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. To date, her status as an active leader in the orthodontic profession means that she holds the following qualifications and positions:
- Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
- Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Board of Orthodontics.
- Former president of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (representing 2900 orthodontists from the 4 western Canadian provinces and 8 western American states).
- Active member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.