One of the biggest advantages of using Invisalign is that it allows you to eat whatever you want. Invisalign straightens your teeth without restricting your diet. They are removable, unlike traditional braces, so you don’t have to worry about a pretzel tearing the braces wire or the fudge cake sticking in the brackets.
However, there are certain eating habits that you should avoid so that your treatment goes smoothly and your aligners don’t get discolored.
Caffeine Cut down
Coffee and tea can stain your teeth to a great extent. Whatever stains your teeth can also stain Invisalign. Therefore you need to cut down your coffee or tea intake. Make yourself habitual of drinking plain water as it is the safest drink to enjoy with aligners.
The 20-hour mark
For an effective treatment, you need to wear aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. This means that you will have very little time to enjoy your morning tea or evening coffee (if you cannot imagine your life without them). All you have to do is to be really quick when sipping them and keep track of the time you aligners are out because you don’t want to cross that 20-hour mark.
Brush more often
Eating with Invisalign is not a big deal unless you keep your teeth extra clean. You will have to be very careful about your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth after every meal or snack to have cavity-free teeth and clean aligners. Brushing after every snack can irritate you, and therefore wearing aligners can be beneficial in cutting down your snack intake.
Goodbye to chewing gum
The constant motion of chewing gum can easily damage the aligners and spoil your orthodontic treatment.
Aligners in mouth
Don’t try to eat while wearing Invisalign, as you may damage or crack them. Remove them before putting anything in your mouth.
Call Brenham Family Dental and Orthodontics on 979-421-9685 and feel free to ask any questions regarding Invisalign treatment or how to eat with them.