Are there food restrictions with Invisalign?

Are there food restrictions with Invisalign?
Posted on 03/01/2016

Invisalign clear aligners are an orthodontic application that allows the patient freedom to enjoy all their favorite foods while undergoing teeth straightening.

You might wonder how this is possible. With regular braces, there are certain foods that should be avoided to prevent possible damage to the wires that are doing the job of teeth straightening.

With Invisalign, the teeth straightening result can be achieved using a series of clear aligners that have been fabricated to methodically shift teeth to their correct occlusion by updating the aligner every two weeks. Much like the method of tightening the wires with metal braces to move teeth, the aligners are designed to shift teeth to the place designated by each updated aligner.

The benefits Invisalign patients experience include:

Virtually invisible treatment – The aligners provide a transparent means for teeth straightening. This is a popular option for teens and adults.

  • Convenience: The aligners can be removed for daily oral maintenance. The patient can brush and floss easily; six month dental check-up’s allow for a thorough cleaning and dental exam to be completed.
  • Comfort: The aligners are strong enough to effectively shift teeth, but will not abrade soft oral tissue.
  • Diet Restrictions: There are none … the aligners are removed for meals and snacking meaning nothing is off limits. Remove aligners; eat; brush/floss/rinse; replace aligners.

It is highly recommended that a storage case be used for your aligner during food consumption to prevent the accidental disposal of your teeth straighteners that often occurs when using a napkin to hold them while eating.

No matter what means you are using for teeth straightening, keep in mind that periodic visits with your orthodontist do not take the place of regular check-ups. It is important to have teeth cleaned every six months and an exam completed to monitor oral health.

If Invisalign is your selected teeth straightening method, the aligners must be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve the desired results in the time frame designated.

Once braces are removed a retainer will be made for you to use to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original location. Your orthodontist will advise you how long to wear the retainer; this is a critical step in teeth straightening.

Straight teeth promote healthy teeth so follow the instructions provided to reap the rewards to last a lifetime. To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact San Antonio Orthodontics at 210-543-8000 today.