Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to gradually shift teeth into place without the use of braces. Unlike braces, which are worn at all times and don’t allow you to eat or drink anything but mushy foods, Invisalign aligners can be removed at any time to allow you to eat or drink whatever you like. Many patients find that they can eat quite normally with their Invisalign aligners in, although there are certain things they should avoid to prevent food from getting trapped between their teeth and the aligners and causing problems down the road.
How do braces fit in your lifestyle?
For most people, it’s not too hard to adjust to wearing braces. All you have to do is eat around them or in a few cases, wear a retainer when you sleep. But for those who wear invisalign clear aligners, there is a third option—not eating. While you could simply avoid foods that get caught between your teeth or chew on only one side of your mouth, there’s also another option: Use clear aligners!
Food and Drinks Safe with Braces
Now that you have your new invisible braces on, what can you eat while they’re in your mouth? The short answer is that you can eat most foods and drinks. It’s best to wait at least an hour after eating or drinking before brushing. This is so food doesn’t get stuck between your teeth and potentially damage your braces. But if things are especially juicy, sticky, or thick, it may be best to give them more time (like two hours) before brushing to avoid any damage. And of course, avoid sucking anything through a straw during treatment for risk of pushing your brackets out of alignment. Always seek permission from your orthodontist before trying something new with your braces (like a lollipop).
Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces
Many foods need to be avoid while wearing braces. Foods with tough skins and hard seeds, like oranges, apples, and pears should be avoid while wearing braces because they can damage your aligners or get stuck in between your teeth. Soft-skinned fruits like kiwi and grapes are okay to eat with braces as long as you take care not to bite into them (which could potentially break an aligner). Similarly, certain foods that are typically messy can pose a problem for people who wear aligners because their teeth aren’t firmly set. Foods that might present problems include popcorn and other snack chips. Even sandwiches may cause issues if they are particularly wet (think tomato soup), so it’s best to avoid these altogether until after treatment is complete.
How Long Does it Take to Wear Braces?
The age of your teeth and how much movement they need to correct are big factors when it comes to how long you’ll be wearing braces. You can expect a full orthodontic treatment to take two years at minimum, three years in average cases and as many as six or seven if your case is more complex than usual. Even after your braces are remove, however, you should expect some lingering signs of wear—chips, cracks and slightly discolore teeth from gums rubbing against them for such a long time. But after a few weeks or months, it’s just a matter of keeping up with regular brushing and flossing routines to keep things fresh.
Are There Foods That Hurt Teeth While Wearing Braces?
There are many types of braces, but they all serve one purpose: to straighten your teeth. While wearing your aligners, it’s especially important to stick to a healthy diet that won’t have you reaching for floss every time you sit down to eat. A few simple lifestyle changes can help you stay on track while also keeping your teeth and gums in top shape. The first step is knowing what foods can be eaten during treatment—and which ones should be avoid. Read below for some commonly asked questions about food and tooth alignment!
What Kind of Diet Should I Have While I’m Wearing My Braces?
Eating a healthy diet is crucial to good oral health, and with braces it can feel like your food options are more limited than they are. Many parents wonder if their child’s diet has to be drastically alteronce they get braces. The short answer is no—while you need to take special care in choosing your foods, there aren’t many dietary restrictions surrounding orthodontic treatment (especially if you just have one retainer). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some do’s and don’ts! Here are some guidelines for what types of foods are best while wearing your retainers.