Eat Without Restrictions
Between limiting the foods you can eat and metal wires that frequently trap food crumbs, eating with braces can be a serious pain. Thankfully, Invisalign clear aligners offer a far more convenient alternative.
Since the trays are removable, Invisalign allows you to eat and drink whatever you want during treatment without concern. Explore our guide to learn more about eating with Invisalign.
Helpful Tips from Dr. Strait
Invisalign makes your life easy when it comes to meals, but there are still some important factors to keep in mind:
- Wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day — To achieve the flawless results you expect, you can’t remove your aligners for more than 4 hours per day. If you’re an irregular eater or enjoy frequent snacks, you may have to adjust your schedule a bit.
- Never eat anything with your aligners in — No type of food can be eaten with your trays in, even those you don’t have to chew. Failing to follow this rule can permanently damage your aligners.
- Only drink water with your aligners in — You can drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated, but other beverages such as coffee, tea, wine, and soda can all stain your aligners.
- Brush and floss before placing your aligners back in — To prevent crumbs and other bacteria from getting trapped under your trays, make sure to thoroughly brush and floss after meals before reapplying your aligners. This will also protect you from infection.
Foods and Habits to Consider Avoiding
As long as you remove your aligners before meals, you can enjoy all your favorite foods with Invisalign. However, if you want your stunning new smile to last, there are a few foods and habits that we recommend avoiding.
Some of these include:
- Gum — Chewing gum leaves sticky residue on your teeth and the repeated chewing motion can alter your bite.
- Teeth Stainers — Foods and beverages such as coffee, red wine, soda, beets, and pomegranates can stain your teeth and impact your smile.
- Hard or Chewy Foods — Snacks such as corn nuts, taffy, and caramel can lead to permanent damage for your teeth if you aren’t careful.
- Tobacco — Smoking or chewing tobacco can result in rotten teeth, while also increasing your risk for cancer, heart attacks, and many other serious health issues.
Ask Dr. Strait About Eating with Invisalign
If you have any questions about planning your meals during Invisalign treatment, Dr. Strait is more than happy to help you. With over 20 years of straightening patients’ smiles behind him, he can provide the knowledgeable advice you’re looking for.
Contact our practice in Norwalk today to schedule your free consultation.