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How To Protect Your Teeth And Still Enjoy Eating With Invisalign

Invisalign wearers are expected to wear their trays for 20-22 hours per day. They are also told to remove the trays when eating or drinking anything other than water so as to prevent your trays from getting dyed and ruining your pearly-white smile.

Many Invisalign users have reported that they lose weight because of the restriction of when they can eat. Cool, right?!

Inevitably, that revelation leads many to ask the question: Are there dietary restrictions when using Invisalign?

Although Invisalign gives you a lot more dietary freedoms than traditional braces might, what you eat and drink still matters. A good rule of thumb to remember when properly using your alignment trays is anything that dyes your teeth will also dye and discolor your trays.

Which, after those trays sit on your teeth for 22 hours a day, your teeth will be left unnecessarily discolored and possibly damaged.

The Big Three Things Not To Ingest With Invisalign

It is never a good idea to eat or drink something other than water when wearing Invisalign. The three things you should always stay away from while wearing your trays, however, are:

  • Gum
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco

Just like with traditional braces, gum is out of the question whether your trays are on or off. The residue can stick to and damage the trays if you chew gum while wearing them.

If you chew gum while not wearing your trays, the residue can get stuck between or on your teeth and when you reinsert your trays, the sugar and bacteria from the gum will be trapped on your teeth.

Alcohol and tobacco can be enjoyed if your trays are removed, but brushing and flossing immediately afterward are of the highest priority.

Something else to keep in mind is the muscles you use to bite and chew are incredibly strong. If you’re doubting the need to always remove your aligners when eating or drinking, think about the power of your teeth up against the medical-grade material Invisalign is made from.

No matter how sturdy your aligners are, they don’t stand a chance from the nearly-guaranteed damage your teeth can cause if you wear them while eating.

The Best Snacks To Munch On With Invisalign

Because of the limited amount of time you have to eat your meals or snacks throughout the day, consider the below quick-and-easy clean snacks which are less likely to lead to damage of either your aligners or your teeth:

  • Berries
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Almonds

An Invisalign Plan That Is The Best For Me!

Whenever someone needs to adapt to Invisalign, it can feel a bit overwhelming figuring out what habits need changing, or how to make those changes bearable. Great news! You don’t need to try doing it alone.

The team at East Center Dental in Kosciusko County, Indiana, are here to talk through the entire process of your Invisalign journey–including good eating habits. Contact us today!