If you’re like most people, you like to travel. One of the largest adversities that come along with Invisalign is keeping your treatments on schedule while traveling.
However, with a little foresight and planning, traveling is easy with Invisalign. In fact, traveling with Invisalign is much easier than traditional braces.
With traditional braces, you need occasional orthodontic visits for routine adjustments and wire tightening. You also might need to rubber bands for overbites.
Today, we’re going to take some time to talk to you about tips for not only traveling with Invisalign, but taking care of your teeth on the go.
Brushing on the Go
Being on the go with traditional braces is a little bit easier than Invisalign.
The pangs of Invisalign come into play, when you spend most of your days outside of the house and need to brush your teeth.
However, it’s not uncommon for food to get caught in your brackets. So, you might find yourself brushing just as frequently with traditional braces as you do clear braces.
If you recall from other blogs, it’s important that you brush your teeth after every meal. You also need to make sure you wear your Invisalign for 22 hours a day.
So, make sure you stay on top of your Invisalign by planning a long day in advance. The last thing you want is to be caught out, needing to grab a bite to eat, then ending up unable to put your Invisalign back in, because you forgot your toothbrush.
One way to make sure you’re always on top of things is by packing a special kit and keeping it in your car. If you carry a purse, keep your toothbrush and toothpaste kit in your bag.
This way, you can take them out and brush your teeth in any bathroom. If brushing your teeth in public restrooms makes you nervous, just remind yourself how good it will feel to have a straight smile.
Traveling with Invisalign
When traveling with Invisalign, you need to talk to your orthodontist ahead of time to get extra trays.
It’s helpful to bring your previous set of trays with you, as well as your next set and current set of trays. In the instance that you break or lose a set, you can always go back to the previous set.
If you’re going out of town for an extensive amount of time, tell your orthodontist how long you’ll be out of town.
If you’re carrying your trays on a plane, make sure you pack them in your purse or carry on. You don’t want to end up losing them to faulty baggage claim.
Don’t forget to bring a water bottle on the plane with you. This way, you can keep your mouth hydrated and rinsed for a long flight.
Beyond keeping your mouth clean and hydrated, you should also plan on keeping your aligners in good shape. Bring denture tablets, or whichever method you usually use to clean your trays.
When traveling to an area that doesn’t have safe drinking water, make sure you boil the water before soaking your trays.
Traveling with Invisalign is easy, but it always helps to plan ahead.