What Foods Should I Avoid During Invisalign Treatment?

Dr. Ashley Reynolds at Crescent Orthodontics know her patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners in Oakland County, MI are free to eat, sleep, and play without the restrictions that come with orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. However, Invisalign does come with some caveats of its own to be aware of.

What makes Invisalign different?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is fitted to the shape of your teeth. It’s flexible and comfortable to wear. Because Invisalign is clear, they are practically invisible to anyone except the wearer. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the tray. Maintenance is as easy as brushing your teeth.

What foods should I avoid?

Hard Foods and Candies: Things like potato chips and pretzels with a quick and satisfying snap aren’t likely to interfere with your Invisalign treatment because they are not hard enough to push your teeth out of alignment again. Foods like jawbreakers, crusty breads, or seeds and nuts can cause cracks or chips in teeth. Sugary foods feed the bacteria that live in our mouths, and that promotes tooth decay and bad breath. Fruits and vegetables are definitely a healthier option, but they should be cut into bite-size pieces. Try to stick with softer options like bananas, grapes, and strawberries.

Sticky Chewy Stuff: Chewing gum is an obvious restriction when being treated with braces or Invisalign. Sticky foods like gum can remain on the surfaces of the teeth after eating. This food debris can cause a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth and on the Invisalign trays and promote tooth decay. It is important to maintain conscientious oral health care habits while being treated with Invisalign.

Liquids That Stain: Drinks like coffee, tea, and wine can stain the Invisalign aligners. Hot coffee, hot tea and other hot drinks can distort and damage the shape of the Invisalign trays. Acidic drinks like citrus juice can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay. It is important when being treated with Invisalign to keep the trays clean and to maintain good oral health care habits.

The ease of wear and the ease of care associated with Invisalign clear aligners means that even the most active patients of Dr. Ashley Reynolds can look forward to successful treatment outcomes without some of the potential restrictions of traditional braces.

Brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays are still responsibilities of every Invisalign patient in the normal, daily routine of good oral hygiene. Avoiding certain foods will help keep your teeth and your trays free from stains and odors and may even make your Invisalign treatment process easier and faster.

If you’re looking for an experienced Invisalign orthodontist in Oakland County, MI, call Crescent Orthodontics at 248.437.3377 to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Ashley Reynolds to find out if Invisalign might be an option for you!

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