Many people are opting to go with Invisalign to align their teeth and improve their smiles. The method is affordable, safe, and best of all, nobody can tell that you are wearing Invisalign. But, as with most dental procedures, you need to be careful about the foods and liquids that you are consuming while wearing the device. If you are thinking about Invisalign, or already have it and would like to know which liquids you can and can’t have while wearing it, below is some information you might find useful.
One of the biggest challenges that comes with having Invisalign is that there are some restrictions on what you are allowed to put in your mouth. When it comes to eating, the rules are pretty simple: just remove Invisalign whenever you are going to eat. You are allowed to enjoy pretty much all of the foods that you love while being treated with the device. Liquids, on the other hand, are a different story.
While you can drink with Invisalign in, provided that you take the device out and wash it as soon as possible afterwards, there are some general guidelines to be followed. First, coffee, tea and red wine will stain the tray much faster than if you were to not drink those liquids with the device in. You should also avoid drinking anything that is very hot while wearing Invisalign because the temperature of something like hot tea or coffee can cause the material to warp. The general rule when drinking with Invisalign is: you can, just avoid anything that is going to prematurely stain the trays, and avoid anything that is so hot you run the risk of warping the structure of the device.
To clean your Invisalign device after drinking, you need to undertake the standard oral hygiene procedures, in addition to removing the trays and cleaning them individually. This means brushing and flossing after each meal, as well as brushing the Invisalign trays with toothpaste and a toothbrush. After eating or drinking anything other than water, it is always a good idea to wash the Invisalign device with warm water (but not too hot).
Invisalign has helped thousands of people in a short amount of time, at a reasonable price and with very minimal requirements when it comes to lifestyle changes. If you are considering the treatment and would like to have all of the information you need at your disposal before you make the choice, keep the above in mind.