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Fiona is on her fourteenth set of Invisalign trays, so at this point Invisalign is COMPLETELY routine to her. It doesn’t have much of an impact on her daily life. Here’s what a day is like.
In the morning she takes her Invisalign out, brushes her teeth, and then brushes her Invisalign (but just with water, no toothpaste).
The biggest change to her day is breakfast before school. Before Invisalign she used to rush out of the door every morning with a piece of toast in one hand and a to-go cup of blueberry tea in the other.
However, she can’t drink tea with her trays in (the liquid would probably be too hot for them and damage them), and she doesn’t want to bother putting her Invisalign back in on the bus or the subway, when she’s often standing in a crowd. Plus, if she left without them on it would be really easy to forget them.
So every morning I put a baggie of cereal in her lunchbox, and sometimes she eats it right when she gets to school, and sometimes she eats it later as a snack. She’s not supposed to snack in class, but she says she takes her Invisalign out so quickly that nobody notices and she can sneak some cereal or another snack.
She’s supposed to keep a case in her lunchbox to put her Invisalign in, but she usually puts them in a napkin – the only Invisalign rule her orthodontist gave her that she breaks regularly. She hasn’t lost any trays yet (at least not for more than a few minutes), so I’ve given up bugging her about it (mostly).What's a day like for a tween going through #Invisalign treatment? A 12-year-old tells all! Click To Tweet
She takes them out again for lunch. She doesn’t time herself like I did. In fact, she looked at me like I was crazy when I asked her about it. I used to start a timer every time I had them out, so that I didn’t keep them out for more than two hours a day. But I have to admit, she’s much better than I was about putting them back in when she’s done eating.
At school the only thing she drinks is water, and of course she leaves them in for that.
Sometimes she’ll take them out to chew gum. Before Invisalign she ALWAYS had gum in her mouth, and it was the one thing she thought she was really going to miss with Invisalign. But now she just chews a piece for a few minutes a few times a week. Wearing Invisalign seems to have broken her gum-chewing habit, and I’m really curious whether or not she’ll start up again when she’s done with her treatment.
She said she usually ends up taking them out two or three times a day at school. Her friends don’t even notice anymore.
Fiona drinks a lot of milk, and she always takes her trays out when she does. Having milk sit in her trays would be super gross. But she does sometimes drink some pop with her trays in. I haven’t noticed them getting stained, probably because she only does it a few times a week.
I see her take them out a lot after school, when she’s snacking. But they’re only out for a few minutes at a time.
At dinner she puts her Invisalign in a napkin on the table, which drives my husband absolutely crazy (he’s tossed them in the garbage a couple of times).
Before bed she takes her Invisalign out and brushes them again after she brushes her teeth (at least, that’s what she’s telling me!). And that’s it! That’s the end of her day with Invisalign.
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I am a member of the Invisalign Moms Advisory Board. My daughter is receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment as part of this program. All opinions are my own and based on my own and my daughter’s treatment experience. Full disclosure can be found here: http://shout.lt/ggGP.