Tips for Managing Business Lunches with Invisalign
You’ll keep your aligners in during most of your work hours, but you would have to remove them for lunch. This is easy to do if you don’t mind people knowing that you are straightening your teeth. Otherwise, it might take additional effort to conceal around mealtimes.
If you eat at your desk, it’s easy to take your aligners out there. Otherwise, remember to take them out and store them safely at your desk before going to lunch. Always have a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste handy–you’ll need to clean your teeth before putting aligners back in.
For long business lunches, it might make sense to keep aligners in until just before you eat. At that point, you can excuse yourself to the bathroom just before the food arrives, then remove the aligners there and put them in their case. If you practice, you might learn to remove aligners discreetly behind a napkin at the table. However, don’t store aligners under your napkin–it’s easy to forget them there. Always put your aligners in their case, and then put their case in your purse or your pocket.
When you’ve finished eating, excuse yourself to the bathroom to brush your teeth. Nobody will question this–good hygiene is professional. Then, after cleaning your teeth, put your aligners back in before returning to the table.
If people are lingering over cocktails, be aware of the time. Remember, you ideally want to have your aligners in for 22 hours a day–20 hours at the minimum, and then only infrequently. If lunch or cocktail hour is getting too long, put your aligners back in and switch to water–the only thing you should drink with aligners in.