Unlike traditional orthodontics, there are not many restrictions on what you can and cannot eat with Invisalign. Since the clear aligners are removed prior to eating, you can still enjoy your favorite foods and snacks. There are a few caveats though, and Dr. Grussmark will outline them for you.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign only works while a patient is wearing the aligners. It is a full-time treatment, both worn day and night. The only instance that aligners are to be removed is for eating, brushing and flossing your teeth, or strenuous athletic activities that involve contact.
The aligners are designed to continuously move your teeth, making it imperative they be worn as prescribed. Invisalign is individualized for each patient, therefore in the two-week series in between receiving new trays, wearing them as often as you can aids in overall tooth correction. Once you’re ready to change to new aligners as recommended by Dr. Grussmark, be careful during removal to help prevent damage to them.
When the Invisalign upper and lower trays are removed for eating, we encourage you to store them in a clean and safe place, preferably the plastic case they arrived in. This will also help discourage damage. Simply place them back into your mouth after eating and brushing your teeth.
Altering Your Diet
Eating your favorite foods and snacks is perfectly acceptable during Invisalign treatment, as long as you remove the trays prior to meals. However, gum chewing is absolutely not recommended, especially while wearing the aligners because the gum can stick. It can stick to the plastic trays and get stuck, or cause misalignment of the aligner shape. It’s wise to avoid chewing gum during the procedure, as the biting down of something sticky can alter teeth in a negative way.
Other foods,beverages and habits to consider are:
- Teeth stainers – Beets, colas, coffee, tea, soy sauce, red wine, balsamic vinegar, blueberries, yellow curried foods, pomegranates.
- Smoking – Avoidance of tobacco products not only saves your lungs and heart, but your teeth and dental health as well.
- Taffy, corn nuts, hard chewy candy – These may permanently chip or crack a tooth, and perhaps get stuck in between teeth when aligners are out of your mouth.
- Carbonated beverages – The fizz tends to erode tooth enamel, which can affect the Invisalign end-result smile.
Considering you’ve already seen how your smile will look at the end of Invisalign treatment, thanks to our modern technology, wouldn’t it make sense to be mindful of what foods to eat during the 20-22 week process?
At the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics at either of our locations in Miami or Coral Gables, FL, Dr. Grussmark and his entire devoted team want your Invisalign treatment to match the success we’ve outlined from our original agreed plan. His passion for boosting your self-confidence through a sensational smile is why we’re here.
Call us today for your complimentary evaluation and see how convenient, accurate, and comfortable Invisalign can be for your entire family.