Many individuals are opting to go with Invisalign® to straighten their teeth and improve their smiles instead of traditional braces. The method is affordable, safe, and best of all, it’s really hard to tell that you’re wearing invisible trays. But, as with most orthodontic procedures, you’ll need to be cautious about the foods and liquids you’re consuming while wearing your aligners.
So, can you drink with Invisalign in and, if so, which beverages are most preferable?
Be Mindful of Staining and Hot Liquids
While you can drink with Invisalign in, provided that you take the device out and wash it as quickly as possible afterwards, there are a few general guidelines to be followed.
First, coffee, tea and red wine will stain the aligner trays much quicker than if you didn’t drink those liquids with the device in. You should also avoid drinking anything that’s very hot while wearing Invisalign, since the temperature of something like hot tea or coffee may cause the material to warp.
The general rule when drinking with Invisalign is: Avoid anything that will permanently stain the trays and steer clear of anything so hot you risk deforming the structure of your invisible aligners.
Clean Up and Care
To clean your Invisalign set after drinking, you need only employ standard dental hygiene procedures, along with removing the trays and cleaning them individually. This means brushing and flossing after every meal, as well as brushing the Invisalign trays with toothpaste and a toothbrush.
After eating or drinking anything besides water, it’s always wise to wash the Invisalign trays with warm water.
Invisalign has helped countless individuals get straighter teeth in as little as a year’s time, at reasonable prices and with very minimal requirements with regards to changes in lifestyle.
So keep living your life with Invisalign. With just a few extra steps and a little extra care, you can get the most out of your aligners and ultimately build a healthier smile.