Can you eat with Invisalign?

Can you eat with Invisalign?

There are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign, but aligners should be removed for eating and drinking.

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that involves the use of a series of clear aligners that work to straighten the teeth. These aligners are made from medical-grade plastic and are virtually invisible — this makes Invisalign a popular option for patients who are looking for a discreet orthodontic solution. If you are considering Invisalign, you might be wondering if you will need to make any changes to your diet throughout the course of your treatment. The good news is that clear aligners are removeable, so there are no necessary dietary restrictions. That said, it is important that you remember to take your aligners out of your mouth every time that you eat or drink anything besides water. Read on to find out more about life with Invisalign, and how you can take care of your clear aligners…

Remove Invisalign before eating

Invisalign clear aligners are made from very strong and durable materials. They work by exerting pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into new positions over time. Although your aligners are made to last, it is important to understand that they are not designed to withstand the excessive pressure of biting and chewing. For this reason, it is important that you always remove your aligners before you eat. If you eat with your aligners in your mouth, you run the risk of causing serious damage to your orthodontic appliances, which could cause delays to your treatment. Also, if you don’t remove your aligners before eating, food particles and bacteria could get stuck and build up between your teeth and aligners.

Stick to water

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are made from clear plastic, which is very discreet. In fact, most people won’t be able to see that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. In order to keep your aligners clear, however, it is very important that you don’t eat or drink anything besides water whilst you have them in your mouth. Many foods and beverages can stain and discolour your aligners, which will ruin their aesthetic value and undermine the purpose of choosing a virtually invisible treatment.

Keep your aligners clean

Even if you diligently remove your aligners for eating and drinking, it is essential that you keep them clean for the sake of your oral health. It is advisable that you rinse your aligners every night and that you brush them gently in order to remove any food particles that may have built up during the day.

If you notice that your aligners are looking dirty or discoloured, be sure to give them an extra clean. You should also rinse your clear aligners every time that you remove them from your mouth.

With the proper cleaning practices, it is possible to prevent staining and discolouration of your clear aligners, as well as issues like bad breath. If left unwashed, your aligners could expose your teeth to bacteria, which can lead to oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

How can we help?

If you would like to achieve a straighter, more symmetrical smile and are looking for an alternative to traditional braces, you might consider Invisalign. At Crookes & Jenkins Dental, we are a proud provider of this clear aligner system, and will guide you through the process if you choose to go ahead with the treatment.

We also offer Invisalign Go, which is designed for the treatment of minor to moderate cases of crowding, gaps and overbite. With Invisalign Go, treatment can be as fast as three months with a maximum of five months.

To find out more about Invisalign and Invisalign Go, and what these treatments involve at Crookes & Jenkins Dental, please have a look here.

If you would like to book an appointment to see us, please contact us here. We look forward to enhancing the appearance and function of your smile.

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