One of the major benefits of wearing an Invisalign® aligner is that you can remove it to eat or drink as you please. Patients that have braces worry about getting food stuck in the brackets or accidentally ripping out a wire, but using clear plastic Invisalign® aligners gives you the freedom to eat and drink what you want, when you want. With that being said, we have some recommendations for eating habits that will help you get the most out of your treatment.
The success of your aligners is determined by your ability to take care of them. Not many things are more noticeable than a yellow Invisalign® tray, which is what can happen if you don’t regularly brush after eating and drinking. One piece of advice is to carry a travel toothbrush so you’re always prepared and don’t have to skip your favorite meal. Brushing often can help prevent staining your aligners and keep your smile cavity-free, since your aligners are resting on your teeth for several hours at a time.
Your Invisalign® aligner is constantly in your mouth, so it helps to be mindful of what goes in there, including snacks. You could be encouraged to eat that candy bar or a bag of chips, but with Invisalign® you might want to reconsider. Knowing that you need to remove your aligners and brush your teeth again even though you just brushed after lunch might turn out to be enough to discourage untimely snacking. In any case, remember to stay on top of your brushing and your smile will thank you.
If you rely on coffee or sugary drinks to help kick-start your day, that’s allowed. But you won’t be able to slowly sip it all day while wearing Invisalign®. If you neglect to remove your aligners, they can easily be stained. A good rule to live by when using Invisalign® is if whatever you’re eating or drinking stains your natural teeth, then it will stain your aligner.
Clear and light-colored drinks will be fine, but water is still the best option. Learning to love water can be beneficial for the safety of your aligners as well as the health of your body.
Gum is terrible for anyone wearing Invisalign®. The strong chewing motion from your jaw mixed with the stickiness of the gum will leave your aligners damaged or cracked. In fact, eating or chewing anything with Invisalign® is not a good idea.
Keeping to regular eating and drinking intervals throughout the day is ideal for Invisalign® wearers. Because it is recommended that the aligner is worn 20-22 hours a day, users must be proactive and plan accordingly. For some, this means allotting meal times so that they only have their aligners out for 30-minute intervals 3-4 times a day. Meals scheduled at regular intervals can promote a healthy functioning metabolism.
Dr. Platt and our highly trained orthodontic team build relationships with each of their patients in order to provide the most comfortable path to a new smile. At Lasting Impressions Dental Care, patients are tended to quickly, with open arms, using revolutionary treatments such as Invisalign®. If you have any questions regarding how to care for Invisalign® or anything else, contact Dr. Platt at your Colorado Springs orthodontic practice.
One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign aligners is that they’re removable. This allows you to take them out before meals so you can eat without restrictions. Unlike braces, you won’t have to avoid certain foods or deal with the hassle of getting food stuck in the metal wires.
Just make sure you don’t forget to remove your aligners before eating. It’s also important to brush your teeth before re-applying your aligners so crumbs don’t get trapped underneath.
In order for your treatment to succeed, it’s crucial that you don’t eat or drink anything other than water with your aligners in. Any type of food can potentially damage the trays, as they’re not designed to chew with, while hot or sugary beverages can warp your aligners. You can still enjoy all your favorite foods and drinks, just don’t forget to take out your aligners first.
As long as you wear your aligners for at least 20 hours per day, it doesn’t matter how long you remove them for any particular meal. If you plan on having a longer meal, such as going out to a nice restaurant, it shouldn’t be a problem — just make sure to plan your schedule for the rest of the day accordingly.
For example, if you know you’ll be going out to dinner later, try to keep your aligners in as much as possible during the day. This will allow you to relax and enjoy your meal without any rush.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Platt
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