Foods to Avoid When Wearing Invisalign

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligner trays to gently shift teeth into a more attractive and healthier position. Invisalign is a good option for patients with crowded and crooked teeth who don’t want to deal with traditional braces.

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Invisalign treatment consists of wearing the first set of clear trays for about two weeks. Each subsequent set will move your teeth slightly more until they are properly aligned.

No Food Restrictions

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces that doesn’t impose many food restrictions, but you should be aware of some foods that can damage your teeth and gums when wearing aligners. Avoiding these foods can ensure your treatment is a success and that you achieve the desired outcome.

For example, chewing hard or crunchy foods like jawbreakers, hard candy, popcorn kernels, ice chips, or crusty bread can crack, chip, or loosen teeth. They can also change the pressure between your teeth, potentially causing alignment problems.

Additionally, you should always remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything but water. Acidic foods and drinks, like curries, sauces, wine, coffee, or soda can erode or discolour your aligners, which can affect their effectiveness.

You should also avoid sugary and sticky foods, including chewing gum. These foods can cling to your teeth and your aligners, leading to plaque, bacteria, and tartar buildup. You should also be careful when brushing your teeth while wearing your aligners to avoid smearing the toothpaste on them.

No Brackets or Wires

With clear aligners, we are able to treat more types of dental problems than traditional metal braces. They are also less invasive, as there are no wires or brackets to poke into your mouth or cause discomfort. Plus, you can avoid the food restrictions that accompany traditional metal braces, such as avoiding sticky or crunchy foods that may damage the wires and brackets of the brace.

The treatment is based on wearing removable aligner trays that progressively straighten your teeth over time. The aligners are comfortable and are virtually invisible, meaning that they will not be as visible to your friends and family as traditional metal braces.

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces, but it does not correct every type of misalignment. Some cases of crooked teeth and severe overbite or underbite require the use of attachments, which are small bumps that help grip the teeth and guide them into place with the aligner trays. In addition, buttons are used to attach and anchor rubber bands, allowing patients with more severe malocclusions to enjoy the benefits of Invisalign.

No Emergency Visits

Although braces do not cause as many emergencies as other orthodontic appliances, there are still some instances in which a patient may need to visit the emergency orthodontist. These situations often involve wires that have become loose or broken, or patients who have experienced a sudden increase in pain/sensitivity. With Invisalign, these issues are not a concern. As the trays are removed/worn as needed, they can be replaced quickly. This means less discomfort and fewer visits to the orthodontist to fix problems that arise.

Invisalign is almost invisible, making it easy for teens to go through treatment without drawing attention to their smile. The iTero Element scanner used during the initial exam is also highly accurate, making it easier to produce close-up images of your teen’s teeth. The images are then used to create a 3D model of your teen’s mouth, allowing us to make adjustments in order to achieve the desired outcome – a straighter smile. Invisalign treatment is typically faster than traditional braces, with the average time frame being about a year.

No Mouth Guards

There’s nothing quite like scoring the winning goal or completing a great play in front of a crowd and being cheered on by your teammates. However, with traditional metal braces it could be difficult to flash your smile as there would likely be a mouthful of wires and brackets in the way. With Invisalign this isn’t a problem as the clear aligners are practically invisible, meaning you can still show off your natural smile.

As long as your aligners are worn for 20 to 22 hours a day and are removed only during meals, you can comfortably wear them while playing sports. While the aligners can be taken out, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard over them. This will protect your teeth from any knocks or jarring that may occur during games and practices, as well as reducing the possibility of any injuries to the jaw or lips.

You can also wear a night guard when you have Invisalign, which can help reduce any teeth grinding that may occur during sleep and which can cause headaches. You can get these at Wake Orthodontics and they are less expensive than a custom mouthguard made to fit over traditional braces.

No Biting into Food

When wearing braces, biting into hard food like apples, corn on the cob, or nuts can dislodge or bend wires and brackets. With Invisalign, this isn’t a problem since the clear aligners are designed to be removed before eating.

While Invisalign doesn’t interfere with your ability to enjoy food, it is important that you remove the trays before chowing down. Chewing with them in place can damage or loosen them, delaying your treatment and potentially increasing the cost of the procedure.

Eating while wearing clear aligners also leaves small particles of food trapped in the mouth, which can encourage tooth decay. These tiny bits of food become fuel for bacteria that reside in the mouth, leading to the formation of plaque.

Certain foods and beverages, including colas, coffee, wine, and energy drinks, can also stain the aligners. They contain chromogens that can transform into pigments that leave behind stains. It’s best to brush and rinse thoroughly before putting the trays back in place, so that you don’t end up with discolored trays. If you do end up with a stained aligner, consult an orthodontist before continuing your treatment.