How to Keep Your Invisalign® Progress on Track This Summer

Invisalign Dentists Canton Mi

How to Keep Your Invisalign® Progress on Track This Summer

Invisalign Dentists Canton Mi

Summer is a season of fun, relaxation, and adventure. Whether you’re planning beach vacations, attending family barbecues, or just enjoying the sunshine, it’s essential to keep your Invisalign® treatment on track. While the change in routine and tempting summer treats can pose challenges, our Canton, MI, Invisalign dentists urge you to maintain your progress with a few mindful habits and practical tips.

Here are 5 ways you can achieve the best results from your Invisalign this summer.

When it Heats Up, Remember To:

1. Prioritize Hydration & Aligner Cleanliness

Hydration is key when you’re outside a bunch enjoying the weather. You’ll want to make sure you’re regularly sipping on some water as you run, play sports, sunbathe, or go for walks. It’s also important that you drink water to prevent dry mouth and ensure saliva production while wearing Invisalign aligners.

Dry mouth is exactly how it sounds. It’s essentially a condition in which an individual’s salivary glands do not produce enough natural saliva to keep their mouth wet. When it happens, it can feel uncomfortable, but if it’s only caused by a lack of water, it can be easily fixed.

Remember to take your clear aligners out if you plan on drinking anything other than water or you could risk staining them. Hot beverages like coffee or tea can also potentially damage the aligners so putting them in their case until you’ve finished your drink is the best move.

2. Shield Your Aligners From the Sun

You are welcome to soak up the sun (with sunscreen of course), but we can’t say the same for your Invisalign clear aligners. They are durable and built to withstand a fair amount, but unfiltered sun exposure can lead to possible warping or distortion of the thin plastic.

As you engage in summer activities, please keep your Invisalign aligners in place. Otherwise, our dentists recommend you safely put them in their protective case like when you’re eating or cleaning your teeth. Do not forget them in a hot car or allow them to get too close to a heat source while they’re out, however.

3. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Taking care of your teeth and subsequently, your aligners should never fall by the wayside. Our dentists recommend you continue to brush your teeth multiple times a day, floss at least once daily, and receive a teeth cleaning every 6 months inside our Canton dental office. This will make sure your smile remains clean underneath the top and bottom trays.

Cleaning clear aligners can happen at the same time as your other oral hygiene duties. That way, you remember and they don’t accumulate bacteria or start to stain. You can use either a soft-bristled toothbrush or Invisalign branded cleaning products for this. Don’t use any rough or whitening toothpastes when brushing and never rinse them under hot water.

Going on a trip? Pack a travel-sized oral hygiene kit for convenient, on-the-go cleaning.

4. Plan Meals and Snacks

Unlike with metal braces, you don’t need to worry about being choosy with your food over the summer. As long as you take your aligners out and clean your teeth before putting them back in, you can eat whatever you’d like.

One thing you will have to consider is your “meal strategy”. You should wear your aligners for 22 hours each day so that only leaves a few hours for eating or oral care. Don’t eat too fast but be mindful of how long each meal or snack lasts so you can use your time wisely. Setting a timer can help you with this.

5. Be Prepared for Travel & Outdoor Activities

As mentioned under #3, a small oral care kit is perfect for when you leave home. It’s also a good idea to bring the next aligners in your series in case something happens to your current set, and you need to pop those in. Before you go, feel free to ask our dentists questions about your treatment and we’d be happy to give you advice for longer trips.

Schedule Your Next Invisalign Visit 

Maintaining your Invisalign® progress during the summer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a bit of planning and a few simple adjustments to your routine, our Invisalign dentists in Canton, MI, want you to know that you can still enjoy all the fun and excitement of the season while keeping your treatment on track. Call Hometown Dental today at (734) 667-4941 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.