Unlike traditional dental braces, which come with a list of foods to avoid, Invisalign Teen has no food restrictions. This is because the Invisalign Teen aligners are removed before eating, cleaned and then put back over teeth, so food never comes in contact with the special aligner trays. Patients may be tempted to eat with Invisalign aligner trays in their mouths, especially at first, but this should be discouraged to prevent damage to the aligners.
With traditional braces, the brackets are adhered to the teeth and patients are instructed to avoid hard foods such as almonds, and very crunchy snacks like tortilla chips. Biting into firm or hard foods can loosen brackets and it’s not recommended. With Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, the teeth are adjusted with a series of custom-made tray aligners that fit close to the teeth and are removed for eating.
Traditional braces require a significant amount of effort with regard to cleaning the hardware and teeth during their use. This is manageable, but patients that meet requirements for Invisalign Teen find the alternative process much easier to adjust to. To clean Invisalign aligner trays, most orthodontists recommend gentle cleaning tablets put in a cup of cool water to soak the aligners clean. Brushing the aligners or using toothpaste can scratch them and make them less attractive.
Patients can drink beverages with the Invisalign Teen aligner trays in their mouths, but should be aware that liquids can get seep in behind the aligner and contact teeth. If drinking anything but water, thoroughly rinse after the drink is finished to reduce acid exposure that can damage enamel on teeth. Strong colors in beverages like soft drinks and sports drinks will stain the Invisalign Teen aligners, but most food colors soak off with the cleaning tablets.
Orthodontists will also stress that hot water should not come in contact with the Invisalign Teen aligners. Likewise, hot beverages should be consumed with the aligners removed. Heat will warp the shapes of the aligners and can make them less effective at adjusting teeth.
The Invisalign Teen orthodontic treatment process is an innovative approach to improving smiles and overall function quickly and with as little discomfort as possible. To learn if Invisalign Teen is right for you, contact Bunn Orthodontic Group today.