Invisalign has a minimal impact on your lifestyle when compared to traditional metal braces. With Invisalign, you have the freedom of flirtatiously smiling at whomever you want without having to be self-conscious about how someone might perceive you wearing braces. While convenient and discreet, Invisalign will likely have some impact on your dating life. Use this handy guide for dating with Invisalign so you will always be prepared in certain social situations to prevent any awkward moments.
While On a Date, Keep Your Aligners In Place
Invisalign aligners are virtually transparent while you’re wearing them, but they’re also conveniently removable. Each aligner is designed to be consistently worn for 22 hours per day, over the duration of 300 or more hours. Any deviation from that allotted time will cause they aligners not to work as effectively as your established treatment plan.
While it may be extremely tempting to ditch the aligners for a first date, it is not recommended. Even the rare occasion of taking aligners out more than you should delays your treatment time. There is nothing to be embarrassed about when it comes to Invisalign. Anyone worth dating will see Invisalign as an indication that you take care of yourself, can commit to something long-term, and you’re confident in who you are.
Always Remove Your Aligners Before Eating
Many first dates consist of sitting down for a cup of coffee or a meal. This means that you might want to develop a system that allows you to remove your aligners first discreetly. Stepping into the bathroom at the bar, restaurant, or cafe is always an easy easy way to give yourself some quick privacy.
The only time Invisalign should be removed is while you’re eating or drinking anything other than water. Unlike traditional braces where patients are restricted from eating certain foods, Invisalign patients can enjoy anything they’d like as long as they take their aligners out first.
Be Mindful of Alcohol Consumption
It’s common for first-date nerves to take hold. In an attempt to feel relaxed, you may incorporate a little liquid courage into the mix. Alcoholic beverages, including beer, can easily stain aligners, turning them from clear to a shade of yellow or brown. As long as the aligners are removed before any liquid consumption other than water, you will be able to keep your aligners nearly undetectable.
If you do drink alcohol, remove your aligners first. Rinse your mouth with plain water before putting your aligners back in to help alleviate any staining that may occur.
Brush After Every Meal
Before putting your aligners back in place, you should always thoroughly brush your teeth after every meal. Brushing several times a day keeps your teeth clean while avoiding cavities and decay that can develop from trapped bacteria. Keep your aligners clean and stain-free by brushing after every meal.
Improve Your Dating Lift With Invisalign
While Invisalign might make your dating life slightly more awkward in the early stages, once you get used to wearing your aligners and developing a routine for keeping them clean, it will be as though you’re not even wearing them. A straighter smile thanks to invisible braces can make the dating world a lot easier and more fun too. Once you’ve completed your Invisalign treatment and have a beautiful smile to show off, you’ll be more confident than ever.
Fall in love with yourself and your smile this year and be one step closer to finding true love with Invisalign. The straight, healthy smile you’ve always desired is more simple to achieve than you may think. After taking the Invisalign smile assessment, contact Hinsdale Dentistry today to learn more about Invisalign and what the treatment can do for you!