What Can I Eat and Drink with Invisalign?

A girl demonstrating what you can eat and drink with Invisalign

Do you have crooked teeth or a bad bite but don’t want to go through the hassle of orthodontic treatment with braces? All too often, people put off straightening their teeth because of the inconvenience of traditional orthodontic appliances. But did you know that with Invisalign nobody will even know you are going through orthodontic treatment? And best of all, you can still enjoy your favorite foods and beverages.

In this article, our team at Marconi Dental wants to explain the benefits of Invisalign as compared to traditional braces, especially when it comes to eating and drinking. Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign treatment in Fair Oaks, California.

Why Invisalign is different from traditional orthodontic options and braces

Here are some of the many reasons our providers suggest invisible braces to correct crooked teeth, gaps, and other orthodontic issues:

Enjoy your favorite foods and drinks

With braces, it seems like all of your favorite foods are off-limits. For example, you can’t eat anything hard or chewy because these foods could pull off a bracket or loosen a wire. But with Invisalign, you can eat whatever you want!  

Just pop your aligners out before meals and enjoy your favorite foods, such as crunchy nuts, an apple, or a chewy treat. After finishing your meal, brush your teeth and put your Invisalign trays back on. 

Keep in mind, for treatment to progress efficiently, you need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours every day. So remember to put them back on as soon as you finish eating. 

Nobody knows you are wearing them

Braces can make you feel a bit self-conscious. And because the smile is the first thing people see when you initially meet them, it might make you hesitant to show off a mouth full of metal. 

But with Invisalign, you can smile with confidence in family photos or during presentations at work. You can even pop out your trays for a first date. Just remember to put them back in afterward and wear them for at least 20-22 hours a day. 

Easy maintenance

With traditional braces, you need to schedule regular appointments with your orthodontist so they can tighten your wires and ensure the brackets aren’t coming loose. Sometimes the wires snap and poke and irritate your gums until you can get to the office to have it fixed.

When you choose Invisalign in Fair Oaks, maintaining your aligners is easy. Just rinse them in cool water and gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush to ensure no food debris or bacteria build up on them. 

Improved oral hygiene

Traditional braces are notoriously difficult to keep clean. Flossing between the brackets is almost impossible and takes a detailed approach and steady hand with annoying floss threaders. The brackets and wires also make it difficult for the bristles of your toothbrush to reach your gum line. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many people with braces struggle with gum disease. 

With invisible braces, your oral hygiene routine is simplified. Just pop out your trays and brush and floss your teeth as normal. No more annoying floss threaders!

Quicker treatment

If you follow your Invisalign treatment plan and wear your aligners as directed, the entire process can take as short as 18 months. In comparison, orthodontic treatment with traditional braces often takes over two years. 

Keep in mind that every situation is different. When you arrive for your Invisalign consultation with our Marconi Dental team, we can let you know exactly how long your treatment will last. 

Ready to learn more about invisible braces with Invisalign? Call our office located on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael, California, or reach out to our friendly staff using this website.