Can I Eat Whatever I Want with Invisalign?
One of the reasons why so many people prefer Invisalign over metal braces is that these clear aligners are removable. You’ll take them out before each meal and snack. This means that there’s no need to worry about crunchy, chewy, sticky, or hard foods damaging any part of your aligners. Essentially, you can eat whatever you want when your aligners aren’t in your mouth. Of course, any orthodontic treatment will affect your eating habits. Talk to a cosmetic dentist to find out what you can expect from daily life with Invisalign.
Enjoying a varied meal plan with Invisalign
Do you eat popcorn, chips, nuts, pretzels, crunchy cookies, hard taco shells, croutons, and thin crust pizza? You can’t eat these foods for the entire duration of your treatment with conventional metal braces—but you can with Invisalign! How about raw vegetables, apples and other fruit, burgers, sub sandwiches, and corn on the cob? If you had metal braces, you’d have to cut these items into very small pieces in order to eat them without damaging the oral hardware. Unless you enjoy the thought of eating a burger or a sub sandwich with a knife and fork, you’ll probably resent the dietary restrictions associated with metal braces.
With Invisalign clear aligners, you can discreetly pop out your aligners and place them securely in their special case before sitting down to enjoy your meal. Eat whatever you want, with no restrictions whatsoever. Then, brush your teeth, give your aligners a quick rinse or a thorough brushing, and pop them back in.
As an added bonus, many Invisalign patients find that they lose an unwanted inch or two around the midsection during their treatment, since the aligners dramatically reduce snacking between meals.
Taking care of your aligners
Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners, and you’ll wear each set for about two weeks. It’s important to wear them for the length of time each day recommended by your cosmetic dentist. This is generally at least 20 hours each day. Because of this, it’s a good idea to consume hot beverages like coffee and tea, and pigmented beverages like juice or wine while you’re eating a meal. You’ll have to remove your aligners before consuming these beverages between meals. This is particularly important for hot beverages, because hot temperatures will warp the plastic. Pigmented beverages will stain the aligners, so stick to water or seltzer water when you’re wearing your aligners.
Adjusting to new aligners
There is no question that Invisalign aligners are far more comfortable than metal braces. There are no wires to come loose and poke your gums or cheeks, for instance. However, each time you put in a new set of aligners, they’ll feel tighter. This is because they’re gradually guiding your teeth in the right direction. For a brief period, your mouth may feel a little sore as you adjust to the new aligners. During this time, consider dining on mostly soft foods, such as oatmeal, soup, yogurt, and pudding.
Your source for Invisalign treatment on Long Island
Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry welcome new and current patients who are curious about straightening their smiles with Invisalign treatment. Our practice regularly offers free initial consultations, so get in touch today to schedule yours! Call our Long Island Invisalign dentistry staff today.
Additional resources on eating with Invisalign:
- Invisalign, Living with Invisalign Aligners, https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works/living-with-invisalign
- Invisalign, The Invisalign Advantage, https://www.invisalign.com/why-invisalign/invisalign-advantage