Invisalign is a perfect way to straighten teeth, but it does come with some restrictions. One of the most important things to remember is not eating food that might damage your aligners. In the past, patients have lost significant progress because they didn’t realize how important it was to eat carefully while wearing Invisalign.
Here are 10 foods you should avoid while wearing Invisalign:
1. Foods with seeds or pits
Foods with seeds or pits can get stuck in your aligners and cause problems like tooth decay and gum infections. These undo any progress you make towards straightening your teeth.
2. Sticky foods
Sticky foods like taffy and caramel can get stuck in your aligners and pull them out of place. This can also cause tooth decay and gum infections.
3. Hard foods
Hard foods like apples and nuts can damage your aligners and push them out of place. This can also cause tooth decay and gum infections.
4. Acidic foods
Acidic foods like citrus fruits and vinegars can eat away at your Invisalign aligners, causing them to break down over time.
5. Crunchy foods
Anything with small particles is going to be tough on your aligners and could lead them breaking prematurely. Crunchy foods like chips and popcorn can bend or break your Invisalign aligners. This can also cause tooth decay and gum infections.
6. Sticky foods
Sticky foods like taffy, candy, caramel, etc. are just going to get stuck in your aligners and pull them out of place if you try to eat it with this type of teeth straightening treatment! Remember-you are wearing these to straighten your teeth so avoid messy food items! It’s also important to remember not to drink sticky drinks while wearing them as well…this means things like milkshakes, shakes, smoothies and so on.
Nuts are very tough and can break your aligners. This will cause damage to your smile and make it hard for you to keep up with wearing them.
8. Ice cream
Ice cream is very sticky and messy…this is especially true for those who opt for the cone rather than a bowl, since running through all that ice cream can be tough on your teeth as well.
Ice blocks, on the other hand, are incredibly hard and can crack your Invisalign trays. This can be the cause of tooth decay, gum infections, or other dental problems.
9. Hot foods
Hot foods can cause severe damage to your Invisalign trays. Make sure you wait until they are cool before putting them in your mouth so as not to warp the tray or burn your gums.
10. Fried foods
Fried foods are terrible for your teeth, but even worse when it comes to Invisalign. Like other crunchy things like chips-fried food is likely to bend your aligners out of place or break them completely. This can lead to tooth decay and gum infections. It’s best to avoid these kinds of foods while wearing your trays.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten your teeth. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows; you need to avoid the 10 kinds of foods when wearing Invisible aligners. If this sounds like something that could be hindering your ability to get the best results from your new Invisible teeth aligners, contact us today; we want you to have the best orthodontic experience. Click here to find out more.