Invisalign is a great choice for college students. You don't have to deal with the appearance of braces on your teeth, and you don't have to forego your favorite foods since you take the aligners out to eat. However, since college is a busy time, there are a few tips you may want to follow to ensure you use Invisalign most effectively.
1. Ask your dentist to send you home with more aligners at once.
Typically when you visit your dentist for an Invisalign appointment, they'll send you home with 4 or 6 aligners. You'll wear each aligner for a week or two — depending on your dentist's specific instructions — before switching to a new aligner. Since college can get busy, see if your dentist can give you a couple more aligners at each appointment, which will mean you can space your checkup appointments out a little further. This won't always be feasible, but it's worth asking your dentist.
2. Set a reminder to change your aligners.
With tests, meetings, and work schedules to juggle, it's easy to forget to change your aligner. If you wear the same aligner for more than the recommended time, you will slow down your progress. Set a reminder in your phone so you don't forget to change your aligner. Have the reminder go off at a time when you're pretty confident you will be at home. You don't want it to go off while you're in class and away from your stash of aligners.
3. Buy an actual Invisalign case and bring it with you.
You may want to save some money by not purchasing the Invisalign case, but this attempt to save may cost you in the long run if you leave your aligner behind somewhere. Since college students are often eating on the run and at various cafeterias, buying the aligner case ensures you have somewhere secure to put your aligner when you eat. You are less likely to accidentally throw it out in a folded napkin or just leave it on the dining hall table. Get in the habit of always keeping your Invisalign case in the same place in your bag, too.
With the tips above, you can experience greater success with Invisalign as a busy college student. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist for more tips and advice about using Invisalign in a way that benefits you and your schedule.