A feature that many patients enjoy about Invisalign clear aligners is that they are removable—meaning you can take them to eat and drink. Today, our North Battleford dentists explain some other things you should know about eating and drinking with clear aligners.
Can you eat with clear aligners?
One of the main benefits of straightening your teeth with Invisalign clear aligners is that you won’t need to restrict your diet.
Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal brackets or wires for food particles to get stuck in between. And your custom-made clear aligners will be made precisely for your mouth’s shape. Because clear aligners can be removed, you’ll be free to keep eating and drinking all the things you love.
Here, our North Battleford dentists share some tips for eating with clear aligners.
Remove your clear aligners to eat or drink anything but water.
You should only drink water while wearing your clear aligners. Remove them before consuming foods or beverages other than water.
Eating or drinking other items with your Invisalign clear aligners in can cause additional plaque build-up that could lead to tooth decay. Eating with your clear aligners in could also cause them to break or become damaged.
Drinking dark-coloured beverages, such as coffee, tea, soda, or grape juice, can also leave your aligners with a stained appearance that cannot be removed by cleaning them.
Brush your teeth before putting your clear aligners back in.
You should never place your clear aligners in your mouth after eating without first brushing your teeth, since food particles can get trapped between your teeth and your aligners and cause bacteria to grow, which will increase your risk of cavities and tooth decay.
Just like with braces, oral hygiene is essential to ensuring you achieve the smile you want. If you are unable to brush properly after eating or drinking, your best bet is to rinse your mouth and your aligners with water before putting them back on your teeth.
Schedule your meal times.
Though you don’t need to restrict which foods you eat, you should plan your meal times carefully.
In order to hit the 20 to 22 hours per day wear time you need with clear aligners, you’ll want to be mindful of the total time that you remove them for each day.
To see the best results, you should keep them in your mouth as much as possible. Though you can remove the aligners when brushing, flossing, drinking and eating, try not to overdo the time they are out of your mouth, and ensure you are wearing them for at least 20 hours each day.
You may want to put your clear aligners in and remove them in private.
Especially at the beginning of your treatment, you may want to use a restroom when removing and placing your clear aligners in your mouth. Since they fit your teeth so snugly, some patients find it can be a little bit challenging to remove until you get the hang of quickly popping them in and out—a task you may not want to try in public.