What To Drink – And Not To Drink – While Wearing Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign in Stony Plain is a convenient and efficient method of having your teeth straightened. The biggest advantages of Invisalign are the transparency of the aligners you’ll wear and the fact that those aligners can be removed to allow you to eat, drink, brush, and floss naturally. It’s almost as if you aren’t wearing braces. Within limits. What are those limits?

Yes, you can eat and drink naturally with Invisalign, but the details are important. While wearing your Invisalign aligners, you should only drink water. You can remove your aligners to eat and drink whatever you wish, but you need to be aware of the limits and consequences of what you should and do drink during Invisalign treatment.

Beverages to drink and to avoid while wearing aligners

For reasons we’ll explain, there are several types of beverages that you should not drink while wearing your thermoplastic aligners. In fact, the list is a lot longer than the list of beverages that you should drink while wearing your aligners, but we’ll get to that. First things first — avoid drinking these beverages while wearing your aligners from Invisalign in Stony Plain:

  • Milk
  • Hot water, including tea and coffee
  • Carbonated beverages, including sodas and sparkling water
  • Fruit juices
  • Beer and wine, or any alcohol

As for beverages recommended to drink while you wear your aligners, the list is short. It begins and ends with water. Cool or room temperature water.

Why should those drinks be avoided

There are three primary problems that can arise if you drink any of those five categories of beverages to be avoided while wearing your aligners. As stain resistant as the thermoplastic materials used to make your aligners are, aligners are vulnerable to being stained by consumption of those substances. Those aligners are vulnerable to being warped by exposure to very hot liquids such as may be found in hot tea or coffee. It’s also essential, throughout your Invisalign treatment plan, to maintain your best oral hygiene habits. Drinking those beverages can undermine your oral hygiene habits because those liquids can get and sit between your teeth and aligners. To the extent that those beverages contain sugary contents, those trapped sugars can prompt tooth decay and gum disease.

Yes, there’s a work around. You could simply remove your aligners, drink what you want — including a little bit of every one of those banned substances if that’s your desire — brush your teeth, clean your aligners, and replace your aligners. But there’s a rub, and here it is. Everytime you take your Invisalign aligners out of your mouth, they stop working. To complete your treatment plan as scheduled, you need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day. If you take your aligners out to drink some of these problematic beverages, you run the risk of eating up your reasonable time-without-your-aligners time.

Sure, it seems like you could do it quickly, but remember, you’ll also take your aligners out to eat and need to clean your aligners every time you put them back in your mouth. Here’s the best advice that a dentist in Stony Plain can offer. In the best interests of your treatment plan for Invisalign in Stony Plain, avoid drinking that list of beverages. If you can’t resist, do so only very occasionally, only after removing your aligners, clean your teeth and aligners thoroughly before restoring them to your mouth, and be very diligent in keeping your aligners on as long as possible throughout the rest of your day.

Your dentist has the same goal as you — straighter teeth as quickly, efficiently, and comfortably as possible. What you eat and drink can influence and delay the achievement of your goals. For answers to all your questions about how to live with Invisalign in Stony Plain while ensuring the quickest achievement of your goals, contact a dentist near you.