Invisalign Diet Plan: What Foods to Avoid During Your Treatment
Invisalign aligners are removable, comfortable, and a nearly invisible substitute to dental braces. The Invisalign treatment involves a series of invisible aligners that steadily move teeth into their correct position. It offers a better approach for treating a wide range of teeth-straightening issues than traditional braces.
What Foods Should Be Avoided in an Invisalign Diet?
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign treatment gives you the freedom to eat most of your favorite foods. However, the right diet will ensure that you can wear your aligners for a longer duration.
Here is a list of food and beverage items that you should avoid in your Invisalign diet.
- Hard candies and foods - Avoid hard foods such as uncooked carrots and hard-shelled bread. Also, don't consume hard candies that can result in tartar buildup.
- Sticky candies and foods - Avoid sticky candies like caramel and starbursts that will stick into your mouth and the aligners.
- Specific Drinks – Avoid drinks like tea, coffee, and wine because they can stain your Invisalign aligners easily. Also, avoid all hot beverages as high temperatures can bend the aligners.
- Sodas - The acid from soda drinks can damage your tooth enamel, and the sugar will promote the growth of bacteria.
Remember to limit your consumption of foods and drinks mentioned above, and rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.
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Here are some common questions about eating with Invisalign.
Can I eat ice cream with Invisalign?
You can eat ice cream with your aligners on as they don't require any chewing. However, you have to be careful to rinse and brush the aligners after eating.
Can I drink beer with Invisalign?
You should avoid alcoholic drinks like beer while wearing aligners as it can stain or discolor your aligners. Drink lots of water instead.
Can I eat mint with Invisalign?
You can eat mint, but make sure to remove your aligners before chewing the mint.
Can I chew gum with Invisalign?
Avoid chewing gum when you are under Invisalign treatment because they can tug and pull the aligners and damage them.
These are some eating habits that you should change while wearing Invisalign to allow your treatment to proceed as planned, and prevent your aligners from becoming discolored.
Ready to learn more about Invisalign and whether it is right for you? Contact our Shoreline dental office for an appointment with our certified Invisalign expert.
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