The festive season can be a little trickier to navigate during teeth realignment treatment. Traditionally festive food such as nuts, Christmas pudding and mince pies can all be bad for your braces, and may need to be avoided altogether.
One of the benefits of choosing an orthodontic treatment with removable retainers such as Invisalign is that this doesn’t have to be a concern.
When you are fitted with a removable retainer, your specialist orthodontist will tell you to take it out in order to eat. This means that you don’t have to avoid any particular foods during the period of your treatment, including festive foods.
What does this mean for Christmas parties?
If you have any Christmas parties on the calendar for the next month, you may be wondering what to do with your retainer.
The good news is that it is possible to remove your retainer briefly for special occasions without compromising the progress of your teeth realignment treatment. At parties that involve food, it might be preferable to do this rather than have to remove your retainer multiple times to eat.
This is especially true if you are likely to misplace or put your retainer at risk of damage if you have to keep taking it in and out at a party.
In these cases, leaving your retainer safely at home for the duration of the party may be the best option.
But do remember to put it back in!
However, please do remember that it’s important to wear your retainer as much as possible in order to keep your teeth realignment treatment on schedule.
If you choose to remove it for a Christmas party, that shouldn’t be a problem… but removing it for the entire Christmas period is likely to become an issue!
Want to read more about removable retainers? Take a look at our guide to Invisalign and how it works.