5th June 2016
Orthodontics guide: What food and drink you should consume with an Invisalign brace
Seeing people with fitted braces either wincing when they bite into something crunchy, or smiling with the remnants of their last meal still stuck on their teeth, is not a good advert for wearing braces. Have you ever witnessed this? Did it put you off enquiring about wearing braces, even though you’d love to have straighter teeth and a winning smile?
It can take as little as just 6 weeks to straighten your teeth and give you the perfect smile you’ve always craved, but if those 6 weeks are going to involve your friends and family looking at you disgust while you eat in a weird way, or end up with food on your face, you might decide that the benefits of orthodontic treatment simply aren’t worth the hassle. Dental technology has changed a lot in recent years and so has the design of orthodontic braces.
Foods to avoid with traditional braces
Crunchy food like nuts, carrots and hard, chewy pizza crusts are very difficult to eat whilst wearing traditional braces, as is chewy food like meat jerky. Biting down hard on ice can dislodge your braces altogether, causing painful, costly damage.
Sticky foods like sweets are also likely to pull the braces off your teeth and if they don’t, they’re hard to brush off the tooth surfaces with regular cleaning, leaving your teeth exposed to sugar; a situation which often leads to tooth decay. Wearers of traditional braces report that they only had to have one bad experience with food to put them off eating something that’s not soft or easy to bite into. None of this applies to Invisalign braces. With Invisalign braces,my you can eat whatever you like.
With Invisalign braces, you can eat anything.
The Invisalign teeth straightening system involves you wearing a series of clear, hard plastic trays over your teeth to guide them into a more desirable position. They are discreet and they don’t attract food. How can we be so sure? Because wearers of Invisalign remove their braces to eat.
We recommend that you wear the aligners for a minimum of 20 hours a day, but as long as you follow the compliance guidelines, you’ll be able to eat whatever you like, in complete comfort, as well as be able to brush your teeth normally afterwards.
When you’re given your new tray every couple of weeks, you might experience slight discomfort. If this happens, you might want to stick to softer foods. On the whole, however, you will be to eat and drink whatever you like when you opt for Invisalign.
Crescent Lodge Dental is an approved supplier of the Invisalign system. This means that our dentists have been fully trained in getting the best possible results from this sort of aligner. If you’d like find out more about the professional teeth straightening services we can provide, please get in touch.