Anyone using Invisalign has heard the drill before: the more you wear them, the faster and better they work.
It’s recommended that people wear their Invisalign trays at least 22 hours each day. Yes, that’s basically all the time. The only reason to take them out is to eat or drink, and to brush your teeth and clean the trays.
We try to be honest and let people know that they will need to make certain lifestyle changes for the duration of the treatment. Yes, you’ll need to plan in advance if you’re going out for the night, and yes, you need to think ahead when planning your day.
But life happens! Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and sometimes things come up.
People often wonder what happens if they want to go out for the night?What if they want to go to the club or have a long dinner that includes wine?
Don’t worry – you can still live your life and have a fun night out with Invisalign. But yes, Invisalign is a commitment and you will need to practice some caution.
Here are some Tips & Tricks for a night out with Invisalign.
Be prepared! Make sure you bring your case with you so that you have somewhere safe to store the trays when you take them out to eat and drink. We’ve dealt all too frequently with people who wrapped their trays in a napkin only to lose track of them! You don’t want your Invisalign to end up in the trash.
If you can, pack a travel cleaning kit with a mini brush and floss. When you’re done eating and drinking, slip away to the bathroom for a quick cleaning session. If you don’t have the proper tools to clean your trays properly, make sure you rinse well with water post-meal.
Try to keep it all to one sitting. If you are going for a nice meal out, take out your trays and enjoy your time. But when it’s done, it’s done! If you are planning to keep the night going, try switching to water.
Use caution when drinking alcohol. Red wine will stain your teeth and your trays so it’s best to avoid it. Some people think they can skirt the rules by drinking clear alcohol with their trays in but remember that alcohol is full of sugar and can damage your teeth.
At the very least, try to limit your intake of alcohol while wearing Invisalign, and if you do drink make sure you clean your teeth and trays as soon as you can.
We haven’t met many people who LOVE undergoing orthodontic treatment. Remember: it’s a means to an end! You are going to walk away with the smile you’ve always wanted.
And yes, there are some sacrifices you will have to make along the way. Eating and drinking needs to be done with a little more caution and care, but you can still have fun! Just be prepared, be careful and keep your eye on the prize.
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.