I have Invisalign. I love how they’re working. I’m thrilled I’m finally going to have teeth I’m not ashamed of. I also happen to have gotten the flu (along with everyone else in my family this season). My sister thinks I need to throw out my Invisalign aligners because I have the flu and get a new pair. That seems very expensive. Can I just put on the next aligners?
I’m thrilled you are enjoying your Invisalign treatment. It has a high patient satisfaction rate. Your sister is falling prey to a common misconception about viruses. I’m not sure who started the idea that we had to replace things like toothbrushes when we’re sick. Maybe the toothbrush company?
The reality is once you have a virus, you won’t catch it again. Your body develops immunity from the virus that you caught. You won’t catch the same virus again. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch a different strain.
The biggest risk with your Invisalign aligners and your flu is if you were to kiss someone. But let’s be honest, how much kissing are you going to do while you’re sick with the flu? Your aligners just need to be cleaned as they normally would.
Don’t Switch Aligners Early
The last thing you want to do is switch your aligners early. We sometimes encounter this with patients who want to rush through their treatment. I know that’s not your reasoning, but the consequences are the same.
Most patients find that they’re teeth move into alignment after just a few days and want to switch out their aligners to the next pair in order to move things along. But there’s an important reason for leaving them in for the full two weeks.
The additional time is to enable your bone to reform around the tooth roots and keep your teeth secure. If you consistently don’t allow that time, your teeth will become loose and even fall out. Then you won’t be looking at straight teeth. You’ll be looking at tooth replacement options.
The same thing can happen when you switch them out every time you’re sick. This is a season where people get sick often. If you switched them a few times, you would get those same results.
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