Many people put off orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to deal with its limitations. Fortunately, modern options like Invisalign® offer a lot more freedom than traditional braces. You can keep eating and drinking what you love if you follow some basic care instructions.
1. Say No to Food Restrictions
As mentioned, you don’t need to give up your favorite foods to straighten your smile. Invisalign aligners are removable, and that means they don’t come with any food restrictions. This is an important benefit for many people, especially those who like popcorn, hard candy, and gum!
There are lots of things you can’t eat while wearing traditional metal braces. Chewy, crunchy, and sticky snacks, for example, could damage a bracket or become stuck behind the wires. With Invisalign clear aligner trays, you don’t need to worry about either of those problems.
2. Take Out Your Trays
There are no restrictions on what you eat and drink with Invisalign. But there are some restrictions on how you eat and drink during your treatment with these innovative aligners.
The only thing you can drink while wearing your trays is water. You need to remove them for all other beverages, or else you risk problems such as stained trays or an increased risk of cavities.
You also need to remove your aligners before every meal or snack. Resist the temptation to leave them in place. You could crack or break one of your trays, and then it will need to be replaced. Even gum is off-limits while you are wearing your trays. It will get stuck to them.
3. Brush After Every Meal
So you’ve taken your trays out and finished a snack, drink, or meal. You can just pop them back in and carry on with your day, right? Well, it’s not quite so simple. You need to brush your teeth.
Not brushing your teeth before you put your aligners back in could cause discoloration. If your trays become stained by particles of food clinging to your teeth, they will be more noticeable. Failing to keep your teeth clean during Invisalign treatment can also cause oral health issues.
Schedule an Invisalign Consultation in Las Vegas
Your life doesn’t have to stop for orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is removable and convenient. Call 702-737-3553 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jorge Paez. Nevada Dental Esthetics serves Summerlin, Spring Valley, and nearby areas of Nevada.