Invisalign offers a significant advantage by delivering optimal results while minimally impacting your daily routine. Its comfort, ease of insertion, and simplicity in removal distinguish it from traditional braces, allowing you to savor your favorite foods and drinks without concern for food entanglement in wires and brackets.
Dining with Invisalign
Although the Invisalign aligner is robust, it’s crucial to remove it before eating or drinking to prevent breakage, cracking, or distortion caused by chewing forces. Even slight damage to the aligner can compromise its ability to properly align your teeth. Additionally, eating with Invisalign can be messy.
Consuming Beverages with Invisalign
Exposure to hot liquids can lead to distortion of the Invisalign aligner, altering its shape and affecting its tooth-straightening function. If distortion occurs after consuming a hot beverage, promptly contact our Boca Raton office.
Fluids trapped inside the aligner can create a “bathing” effect on the teeth. Bathing teeth in acidic liquids poses a risk, as acids can erode tooth enamel. While saliva typically neutralizes and washes away acids, wearing an aligner hinders these protective actions, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Colored beverages may also contribute to temporary tooth discoloration, although persistent stains can occur. To counteract discoloration and prevent tooth decay, brush your teeth after each meal or drink before inserting your Invisalign aligners. If clean water is unavailable, use sugar-free gum to eliminate bacteria, acid, and food particles. As a last resort, you can leave your aligners out temporarily until proper brushing and flossing can be performed. Prior to reinserting Invisalign, rinse the aligner in lukewarm water or utilize the Invisalign cleaning kit.
For more insights on dining with Invisalign, feel free to reach out to our Boca Raton office.