5 Tips For Summertime Travel With Invisalign
5 Tips For Summertime Travel With Invisalign

As the weather turns warmer, we know you have travel plans on your mind! Whether it’s headed to the coast, mountains, or across the pond, you’ll want to make the most of your travel while still staying on track with your orthodontic goals. Northern Virginia Orthodontics has 5 essential tips for hassle-free travel while wearing Invisalign.

5 Tips for Summertime Travel with Invisalign

If you’ve started on a journey with Invisalign, then you know that flexibility is the name of the game. Traveling while wearing Invisalign is a little less stressful than with traditional braces. There’s no worry of breaking a wire and needing to find an orthodontist (and one that accepts your insurance!) in an unfamiliar city or country. However, if you have started your Invisalign journey, you have a few more things to consider when packing for your next trip. Discover the 5 essential tips for traveling with Invisalign with Northern Virginia Orthodontics.

Tip 1: Abide by the Rules of Invisalign

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you get to leave the rules at home! Not following the rules of Invisalign can prolong your treatment and delay your final results. Don’t forget these few main rules: 

  • Remove trays when eating or drinking- for every meal or snack! 
  • Only drink water when wearing trays 
  • Wear trays for 20- 22 hours a day
  • Clean both your trays and your teeth before putting them back in your mouth 
  • Brush and floss twice a day and after each meal 

Tip 2: Pack an Invisalign Emergency Kit

This emergency kit will be significantly smaller than a person’s kit with traditional braces, but you’ll still want to keep a few essential tools ready. Keeping a small bag with you at all times with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss will make it easy to brush and floss even while eating out. 

Tip 3: Don’t Forget Your Case!

On your trip, you may be stopping regularly for a drink, ice cream or meal while on the go. You don’t want to risk accidentally tossing your napkin-wrapped trays in the trash! Keeping your case with you in your pocket or purse can help avoid a heartbreaking accident. 

Tip 4: Pack a Few Extras

The biggest bummer to any trip would be losing your trays, not having a backup, and derailing your progress completely. Packing a few extra trays – just as your previous aligners and your next ones – can save your progress. It’s a small detail that can really come in handy in case of an accident. If you’re traveling by plane, it’s important to keep your trays and supplies in your carry-on bags in case of a lost bag incident. 

Tip 5: Plan an Office Visit Before Your Trip

This can really depend on the type of trip you’re planning to take. A quick weekend getaway won’t necessarily require an office visit, but if you’re planning a month-long vacation, you may want to stop by and see your orthodontist at Northern Virginia Orthodontics. At this appointment, you can make sure you’re on the same page, collect any trays you’ll need while you’re gone, and discuss a contingency plan in case you break or lose a tray while you’re gone. Your orthodontist may be able to recommend a provider in the area where you’re traveling, should you need one quickly.

Hassle-free Invisalign with Northern Virginia Orthodontics

If you have great Invisalign habits at home, then adopting those same habits on vacation shouldn’t be a big adjustment. Wearing your trays, brushing your teeth, and making smart decisions are the most important things to keep in mind. 

If you’re looking to start an Invisalign journey, you’re in good hands with Northern Virginia Orthodontics, the top Invisalign provider in the nation. Request an appointment online today to see if you’re a good candidate and get started today.