Would you ever think that clear removable aligners, meant to straighten teeth, could actually help you shed some unwanted pounds? Everywhere you look, people are talking about the Invisalign diet, which is sort of a misnomer considering there are no strict rules regarding off-limit foods. These popular invisible braces, which have to be worn 22 hours each day, work their magic by changing your eating habits. Since you can’t eat with them in, and must remove the aligners every time you snack, drink or brush your teeth, Invisalign wearers are invariably inclined to snack less for the sheer sake of convenience.
Correcting your bite without the hassle or appearance of traditional metal braces is already appealing for thousands of young professionals. But do these custom-made aligners really help whittle your waistline?
Leading Seattle cosmetic dentist, Dr. Lance Timmerman, DMD often fields questions like these on sites like RealSelf. Of this tempting Invisalign benefit, he says: “We generally don’t promote this as a diet aid, but the average loss during treatment is 15 lbs. We noticed in our ‘after’ pictures the changes, so we mention it during consultations.”
Fashionista mommy blogger and author of the informative blog, Luxe with Kids, Candace Thomas chronicled her Invisalign journey and noted the unexpected effect of dropping a few pounds:
“Yep, it’s true. I’m a champion snacker, and I rarely (if ever) pass up sweets, and I have to say, it’s a real eye opener to notice how much I’m NOT eating. I’m not snacking while I cook, and I’m not eating the crust off the boys’ sandwiches or taking a few extra bites of their mac n cheese.”
It’s amazing how cognizant you become about the food you’re not consuming while straightening your teeth. Associate Food Editor extraordinaire for PopSugar, Anna Monette Roberts says she’s super thrilled with her Invisalign results, and like others, has found removing the aligners and rebrushing her teeth to be a real pain. “I lost a little weight my first month, but I’ve returned to my normal weight after introducing a protein smoothie to every meal.”
Monette Roberts also mentions that Invisalign can make kissing a bit awkward, as having a “giant, plastic device all up and around your mouth” can be a mojo killer.
It’s worth noting that the one beverage you can have while wearing the Invisalign trays is water. Any dietician will tell you that water is fantastic way to quell hunger pains, and increased H20 intake is another inherent benefit of these clear braces, since you don’t have to remove the trays or brush your teeth!
Say adios to soda and sugary drinks, which can lead to tooth decay over time. By drinking more water, you’ll stay hydrated, boost your metabolism and enjoy more radiant, glowing skin.
Everyone wants a beautiful smile with perfectly straight teeth. Invisalign delivers great results in as little as six to twelve months. Suffolk County cosmetic dentist, Dr. Elliot Koschitzki, DDS, notes that most of his Invisilign patients tend to snack less through the day, as the whole tray removal and brushing process takes too much valuable time. “Besides the added benefit of a little weight loss among some patients, Invisalign also promotes excellent oral health while creating winning smiles.”
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