Eating Without Restrictions
Patients who wear traditional metal braces have to be careful about what they eat and avoid certain foods. Otherwise, they can suffer from tooth decay, get food stuck in their braces, or even break or damage their brackets.
With Invisalign, there are no restrictions on what you can eat because you simply remove your aligners when it’s time for a meal. So go ahead and enjoy all the foods you love without damaging your aligners.
Sensible Diet and Beverage Tips
Although you can still have all your favorite foods and beverages with Invisalign, there are certain steps you’ll want to take to protect your aligners. First of all, never eat anything while wearing your aligners because this can damage or even ruin them.
Water is the only beverage you’ll want to consume while wearing your aligners. Hot beverages can warp your aligners, and drinks such as coffee, tea, juice, or wine will stain them.
It’s also essential to remove your aligners before eating or drinking and to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth before reapplying your aligners to avoid staining them. Your aligners will still work when they’re stained, but they’ll be highly noticeable, negating one of the biggest benefits of Invisalign care.
In order to achieve the results you desire, you’ll need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. This leaves you less time for snacking, and it’s a good idea to carefully plan your meals so you’ll have enough time to enjoy a healthy diet.
Foods and Habits to Consider Avoiding
As long as you remove your aligners before meals, there are no rules preventing you from eating anything you want with Invisalign. However, there are a few foods and habits that are bad for your teeth which you may want to avoid, as they can negatively impact your new smile.
Some of these include:
- Gum — Chewing gum is not good for your oral health in general. It leaves sticky residue on your teeth, and the constant chewing can alter your bite.
- Teeth stainers — Foods and beverages such as coffee, red wine, soda, beets, pomegranates, and blueberries can stain your teeth and damage your smile.
- Hard or chewy foods — Hard, crunchy foods like corn nuts can damage your teeth and chewy candy such as taffy or caramel can also cause cavities.
- Carbonated beverages — All types of sugary drinks can lead to tooth decay and even sugar-free sodas contain acids that damage your enamel.
- Tobacco — Smoking or chewing tobacco can rot your teeth, in addition to increasing your risk for cancer, heart attacks, and a number of other serious health complications.
Ask Dr. Grussmark About Eating with Invisalign
If you have any questions about managing your meals during Invisalign treatment, contact our office in Brickell. Dr. Grussmark or a member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions.