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Traveling with Invisalign for Kids
Traveling with Invisalign for Kids

You don’t have to put life on hold with Invisalign treatment for your child. Traveling as a family is easy with proper planning, so you won’t have to put fun potential memories on hold until after they finish treatment.

Bring a Travel Kit

Packing a travel kit will help you and your child be prepared for all kinds of scenarios. If you are on an outdoor trip, make sure it is portable enough to fit into a backpack or fanny pack. Some ideas of what to pack are:

  1. Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
  2. Floss
  3. Small bottle of mouthwash (for when they might not be able to brush their teeth)
  4. Aligner case
  5. Your next few sets of aligners
  6. An easily portable bag to fit everything in.

Make an Appointment with Your Orthodontist

Let your orthodontist know at least two weeks in advance that your child will be traveling. That way, if the time for changing aligners falls on a date when they are gone, they will have a backup plan. NVO provides Invisalign patients with up to 16 weeks worth of aligners, so you’ll always have your next set ready to go no matter what your travel plans are. Plus, with Dental Monitoring, you’ll be able to continue checking in with your doctor even if you cannot make in-office appointments for a few weeks.   

Be Prepared for Various Situations

Make sure your portable kit has what it needs for on-the-go cleaning. Aligners must be cleaned every time they are removed, and teeth brushed before wearing them again. In a desperate situation, at least rinse them off before reapplying. This is also where the small bottle of mouthwash is handy.

If the tap water is not drinkable, either grab some bottles of water to bring with you or boil and filter accessible water. Allow water to cool if you are using it to clean aligners.

Keep aligners out of extreme heat. Their shape can deform if they are left in a hot climate for too long. This could be a bag on the beach, a hot car, or hot water.

Keeping up the Routine

One of the most important aspects of Invisalign treatment is consistency in following the plan. Keep in close contact with your orthodontist to ensure that your child is following treatment even on the go. Keeping up with good hygiene habits will keep them from having any problems that would delay their treatment.

An Upcoming Trip Doesn’t Have to Get in the Way of Your Child’s Smile

You don’t have to be hesitant about starting your child on Invisalign just because they have a trip coming up.  Schedule an appointment today here (  or by calling (703) 327-1718 for a free smile consultation. We would love to help you and your child come up with a plan that allows for both treatment and travel.