One of the biggest challenges Invisalign wearers face is what to do when it’s chow time…in other words, how to get around the complexities of eating and drinking with Invisalign. Some of the questions we often hear from patients that have Invisalign are: “Can you eat with Invisalign in your mouth?”, “What are the foods to avoid with Invisalign?”, “Are there any top Invisalign cleaning tips?”
We’re going to set some things straight and offer tips on what you should and shouldn’t eat while wearing Invisalign, in addition to other food and cleaning insight. Let’s break some of the above queries down one by one and shed some light on the subject of eating and drinking with Invisalign:
Can You Eat with Invisalign in Your Mouth?
One of the best things about Invisalign is the minimal impact the system has on your everyday life; however, we recommend removing the aligners each time you eat. This means that you can continue to enjoy all the foods you love without any restrictions or worrying about food getting stuck in your brackets and wires.
Foods to Avoid with Invisalign: Can You Drink with Invisalign in Your Mouth?
While some dental professionals believe patients may be able to eat soft foods with Invisalign in place, we don’t recommend it. Still, drinking is possible, but it is essential to remove the aligners for brushing as soon as possible because liquid will seep between the tooth surfaces and may cause decay. If immediate brushing is not possible, remove the aligners and rinse with (preferably warm) water as soon as an opportunity presents itself.
Being that drinking is possible with Invisalign aligners still in place, a few guidelines should be followed: First, certain liquids such as coffee, tea and red wine can stain the Invisalign trays faster than normal, resulting in a dark and unsightly appearance. Additionally, extremely hot liquids could potentially yield a warping of the material, so we always tell our patients they can drink most things, but should avoid coffee, tea and other hot beverages.
Invisalign Cleaning Tips / How to Clean Invisalign
The key to cleaning Invisalign aligners is keeping things simple – regular toothpaste with your toothbrush is ideal and always recommended. Other products tend to discolor the aligners, causing teeth to appear somewhat yellow in hue; but since they are replaced every two weeks, this is a minor issue.
Most important is to brush and floss after each meal – and this is something that’s recommended for good oral health whether you wear Invisalign or not.
Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign, an application that was developed with orthodontists and used in dental practices worldwide such as Park Avenue Dental of Orange Park, FL.
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