One of the most appealing qualities of Invisalign, which straightens the teeth via a series of clear, plastic trays rather than metal brackets and wires, is that patients can continue to enjoy most of their favorite foods and beverages during treatment. For the most part, this includes coffee and tea. However, your orthodontist may give you some restrictions on when you can consume these beverages.
The concerns about coffee and tea center on how they may compromise the trays. Both are dark-colored beverages that can stain the Invisalign trays, as well as the teeth. Additionally, they are consumed while they are hot, which could warp the plastic trays. This effect would limit the trays’ ability to reposition the teeth.
Fortunately, Invisalign trays can be removed, so your orthodontist may give you clearance to drink coffee or tea when you are not wearing the trays. Keep in mind that you should wear the trays at least 22 hours a day to achieve the desired treatment results. This still leaves adequate time for the trays to be out of the mouth while the patient is eating or drinking.
You can drink cool water while wearing your trays, but they should be removed when eating or drinking anything else. After eating a sugary snack or something that may stain the teeth, you may want to rinse your mouth with water to reduce the amount of residue that could come into contact with the teeth underneath the tray. This is especially important after you eat something sticky that could cling to the teeth for some time. It can be good practice to give the trays a rinse in cool water before you put them back in your mouth, too.
Additionally, you can rinse the Invisalign trays in cool water before placing them back in your mouth, which can also help to keep your smile clean.
Invisalign won’t require you to give up your favorite foods and beverages, including coffee and tea. You can safely consume these drinks as long as you are sure to remove the trays before doing so.
Call our office today to speak with a knowledgeable member of our staff to learn about the other benefits of Invisalign and how it can help your smile!