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Tips for Storing Your Invisalign While Eating

Posted on 7/10/2023 by All About Orthodontics
Tips for Storing Your Invisalign While EatingInvisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces. They are discreet, removable, and highly effective at straightening teeth. Since you need to take your Invisalign out before eating or drinking anything other than water, you may be wondering what to do with it during meals. Today's blog will provide some tips on storing and caring for your Invisalign during mealtimes.

Remove Your Invisalign Every Time You Eat or Drink

Most Invisalign patients love the freedom their aligners offer when it comes to mealtimes. With traditional braces, pieces of food can easily get stuck in the metal brackets and wires, and there are certain foods you have to avoid. With Invisalign, however, you simply take your aligners out when it is time to eat or drink anything besides water, and there are no restrictions on what you can eat.

It is very important that you always remember to remove your Invisalign if you are going to be eating or drinking anything, even just for a small snack or a quick cup of coffee. Biting and chewing can cause the plastic to bend or break, and warm foods and drinks can damage the plastic as well. Plus, dark beverages like coffee and soda can stain your Invisalign. Consuming anything other than water while wearing your Invisalign allows bacteria to build up on the trays and contribute to tooth decay.

Always Use Your Invisalign Case

You will receive a special storage case when you first start using Invisalign. This is the best possible way to protect your Invisalign while eating. Placing your Invisalign in your pocket, in a napkin, or right on the table while you eat not only introduces germs and bacteria that you do not want in your mouth, but your aligners could also get damaged, lost, or accidentally thrown in the garbage. Try to get in the habit of carrying your Invisalign case with you at all times so you can still enjoy foods and drinks spontaneously without having to worry about damaging your Invisalign. You might want to buy extra storage cases to keep in different locations (for example, one at home and one at work) or in the event that you lose one. For more tips on living with Invisalign, contact us today.
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