‘Tis the season for holiday parties, which basically means that along with good cheer, you are constantly subjected to tempting nosh and drinks. And if yummy food and drinks are around, I always want to participate which can be tricky because my Invisalign trays need to be in 22 hours a day.
I tend to schedule my day around my meals so I will know when and how long I have my trays out. My average day looks something like this (the times being how long I have my trays out):
Coffee & breakfast: 1 hour
Lunch: 20 minutes
Dinner: 20 minutes
Random snacks/afternoon tea: 20 minutes
So when the holiday season kicked in, I suddenly realized I could not attend and enjoy all the parties had to offer with only 20 minutes allocated to the party. I took a good look at my day ahead and started to budget my time differently so I could enjoy myself at the party but still be compliant with my Invisalign treatment. Here are some guidelines I came up with:
1) Take a look at your usual daily schedule, and adjust your breakfast and lunch times accordingly so you can allow at least 30 minutes to the cocktail party.
2) Don’t graze – this is key! Rather, grab a plate of apps and your fancy cocktail and find a place to sit or stand and eat it.
3) Set a timer on your phone for 30 minutes. That may sound a little geeky or dramatic, but it is so easy for time to quickly slip away, especially for me once I start with wine and good conversation.
4) Enjoy and don’t stress. When your timer goes off (set it on vibrate so you can be discreet), head to the restroom to brush and replace your trays. Enjoy a club soda or ice water for the rest of the party.
1) Take a look at your usual daily schedule, and adjust your breakfast and lunch times accordingly so you can allow at least 1 hour for the dinner party.
2) Politely pass on any appetizers. It’s sad to say, but if you are going to enjoy a long dinner with friends, it is best to allocate the time (and calories) to the main meal.
3) Discreetly take out your trays right as you are called to dinner (not AT the table, no matter how well you know your dinner mates, no one wants to see you pull your teeth out). Now, relax, enjoy, eat, drink and laugh. When dinner is wrapping up, head to the restroom to brush and replace your trays before you start helping with the cleanup.
And there you go – the guide to enjoying the holiday season with Invisalign. It’s a small sacrifice for the greater prize: a straight and beautiful smile! It’s totally worth it for me. But, Holiday Season 2014: be warned. I’m hungry!
Author: Candace Thomas