What Foods Should I Avoid During Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign in Mt. Juliet is a popular type of orthodontic treatment that can help you get perfectly straight teeth and a healthier bite.

Unlike traditional metal braces or even ceramic ones, Invisalign is very discreet and will most likely go unnoticed unless you bring them up yourself in a conversation. Plus, they are much more comfortable.

The success of your treatment depends on how well you comply with Invisalign requirements, so it’s really important to fully understand what you are signing up for.

Check out this short blog post to learn everything you need to know about Invisalign treatment, and the types of foods you’ll need to avoid throughout it:

How Does Invisalign Work? 

Invisalign involves wearing a set of clear aligners that apply constant pressure to your teeth. Thanks to this pressure, the teeth are slowly repositioned until they reach their most optimal placement.

Most patients will need several Invisalign aligners to ensure their teeth follow the correct path, but it’s still a very convenient orthodontic treatment that can address most mild to moderate cases of misalignment.

What Foods Should You Avoid? 

For the treatment to work, you will need to wear your aligners for around 20-22 hours every single day. In fact, the only moments when you should take out your aligners are when you eat, drink, and need to brush your teeth.

And when it comes to eating, there are some foods that aren’t exactly compatible with Invisalign:

  • Very hard foods - Hard foods can apply a lot of pressure on your teeth, which may affect your Invisalign treatment. While eating some nuts here and there won’t do much damage, if you have a habit of chewing hard candies or chewing on objects, you should try to kick this habit when beginning your Invisalign treatment;
  • Sticky foods - Caramels and other sticky foods are harder to remove from the teeth, which means you’re exposing them to lots of sugars and increasing your risk for decay. And if you place your clear aligners on after indulging in these treats, you’re effectively trapping all that bacteria in;
  • Staining foods and liquids - Citruses, blueberries, coffee, and tea are just some of the common foods and beverages that can stain teeth. These foods can also transfer to your clear aligners and stain the plastic, leading to a very unpleasant look to your treatment.

Keeping Your Teeth and Aligners Clean

  • Cleanse the mouth after you eat
  • Rinse your aligners before placing them back in
  • Clean your aligners once a day with gentle soap
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily
  • Cut down on hard, sticky, and staining foods, etc.

Get Invisalign at Berry Dental Group

Mt. Juliet dentist Dr. Berry is here to help you get a straight and healthy smile with Invisalign!

To get started, book a consultation at Berry Dental Group online and stop by to learn more.

Back to Blog

Schedule your appointment today! 

Schedule Now
Contact Us