Can I Go On A Night Out With Clear Aligners

Can I Go On A Night Out With Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth and get a healthy, attractive smile. And while they're more convenient than braces, there are still some things that you’ll need to keep in mind during treatment.

For example, can you go on a night out with your clear aligners? Of course you can, but there are definitely some considerations you’ll need to think about if you choose to wear your aligners during a night out.

Can I Go Out At Night And Take Off My Clear Aligners?

The short answer is “yes.” But there’s a catch. You should only go out at night and take off your clear aligners if your treatment is on track. If you get aligners from Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez at Diversey Dental Studio, she will recommend that you wear them for at least 20 hours per day, and ideally for 22+ hours per day.

So if your treatment is going well and you want to take your aligners out for a night on the town, go ahead. But if you’re not very diligent about wearing them, it’s probably not a very good idea. The longer you avoid wearing your aligners, the longer your treatment will take.

How Long Can I Have My Aligners Out?

As mentioned, the standard recommendation is to wear your aligners for 20 hours per day. So ideally, you wouldn’t have your aligners out for more than four hours. But if you end up staying out late, there shouldn’t be any harm done. Just make sure to brush your teeth and put your aligners back in before you go to sleep.

Should I Wear My Aligners When I Go Out, Instead?

You can, if you want! However, you’ll need to make sure that you don’t lose them. You should take your aligners out when you eat or drink, so you may be popping them in and out of your mouth quite a bit during a night out. 

If you’re good about putting your aligners in their carrying case and you won’t lose them, you can definitely bring them with you. But if you think that you may party a bit too hard and lose track of them, leave them at home. After all, losing a set of aligners could set your treatment back by days or even weeks. 

5 Tips For A Night Out With Aligners

If you decide not to leave your aligners at home, here are a few tips to make things easier when you go out:

  • Bring your carrying case – Whenever your aligners aren’t in your mouth, they should be in their case. This reduces your risk of damaging or losing your aligners.

  • Stick to clear drinks – You’re not supposed to drink anything except water while wearing your aligners. But if you do drink anything else, sticking to clear drinks will minimize the risk of stains.

  • Remember to remove your aligners if you eat – Yes, even if you’re just snacking on some pretzels at the bar. Chewing while wearing aligners can damage them, and set your treatment back significantly.

  • Rinse your aligners after eating or drinking – It’s best to rinse your aligners off after you eat or drink. This rinses away food particles that can contribute to bad breath, tooth decay, and more.

  • Clean and put on your aligners before bed – Make sure you give your aligners a good deep clean once you get home from your night out. And don’t forget to put them back in your mouth before you hit the hay!

Clear Aligners Fit Your Lifestyle – So Transform Your Smile In Chicago!

If you’re looking for a straighter smile in Chicago, Dr. Rodriguez and the team at Diversey Dental Studio are here to help. With clear aligners, you can transform your smile in a way that fits your budget, your schedule, and your lifestyle. Don’t wait. Contact us online or call us at 773.348.3668 for an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Rodriguez, and find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign in Chicago.

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