Can you eat with Invisalign?

Compared with old-school train track braces, Invisalign offers a more flexible eating experience. The great news is there is nothing completely off the cards, just a few little things to be mindful of.  

Everyone knows how train track braces work. Think Ugly Betty, the wires and the brackets stuck onto the front of your teeth by your bearded childhood orthodontist. Now don’t get me wrong they do work, but anyone that’s worn them will tell you they needed frequent emergency visits back to the orthodontist because their brackets pinged off. Why does this bracket breaking happen? Food, mostly.  

Hard foods can knock brackets off and soft foods get stuck in the wires. Ewwww. 

But Invisalign teeth straightening doesn’t depend on brackets or wires. Invisalign works using aligners, clear discreet plastic which wraps around your teeth and is removed when you eat. Because you remove them, you can eat whatever you want!   

can you eat with Invisalign

Smile Stories in Bournemouth haves straightened hundreds of happy Invisalign clients’ teeth and we get asked a lot “Can you eat with Invisalign?”. Based on our experience, and having a good old chin-wag with our clients we’ve created our 5 top tips for eating during Invisalign.  

Lets find out, how and what can you eat with Invisalign?

Tip 1- The 2 hour eating window 

Invisalign will correct most bites and cosmetic concerns, but there’s something essential we need from you to make that happen… you have to wear them! In fact, you need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours every day. 

The only time you take your aligners out is to eat, and how you allocate your feeding time is completely up to you. If you eat a square 3 meals per day then you have 40 minutes per meal to eat, brush and replace them. Alternatively, spend 2 hours down the Chinese Buffet and have done with it. 

 Knock yourself out. 

Tip 2 – Be prepared 

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After you finish eating you’ll need to clean your teeth before putting your Invisalign back in your mouth. If you don’t then your food will sit on the biting surfaces of your teeth and get trapped under the aligner, meaning smelly breath and a higher risk of decay. 

It’s not the coolest look if a toothbrush drops out of your lunch box so we always recommend a Care Kit (in fact, at Smile Stories we give you a super cute one when you start Invisalign with us). Just a small wash bag will do, and inside you’ll place your Invisalign storage case, a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, your chewies, and your aligner remover. 

Thank us later. 

Tip 3 – The Invisalign Diet 

Are you a snacker? Always got your fingers in a packet of crisps or grazing on some nuts. This may get a little more tricky. Apart from the fact you need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours daily, you’re now going to find snacking more interesting. 

Is it really worth removing your aligners, eating a few crisps, brushing your teeth to then put them back in. Possibly not.  

We call this the Invisalign diet. 

Tip 4 – When you’re eating keep your aligners safe 

By now you know Invisalign must be removed when eating. But what are you going to do with it. 

Here’s what you’re not going to do – put it on the side, wrap it in a tissue or leave it next to the sink. Take it from me, I’ve heard it all. The aligners will fall off the side and the dog will get them, the waiter will throw your tissue, or they’ll drop into the plug hole never to be seen again. 

Where will you put the them? In their case. Always. 

Lost Invisalign aligners will mean your dentist has to order new ones which will delay your treatment. Booo. 

Tip 5 – Never ever drink Turmeric Lattes 

Unless you’d like the bright yellow teeth look. 

Turmeric stains your aligners, and you’ve got more chance of decontaminating Chernobyl than removing it.

About the author of “Can you eat with Invisalign?”  

Dr Gareth Edwards is an Invisalign expert in one of the leading teeth straightening clinics along the South Coast, Smile Stories. If you’re looking for Invisalign in Bournemouth then we’d love to help.