Can I Still Drink Tea and Coffee with Invisalign?

For many people, particularly adults, Invisalign provides high-quality orthodontic care that is more comfortable, more convenient and less visible than traditional metal braces. Invisalign can correct a wide variety of alignment issues, including spaces between the teeth, crooked teeth and improper bite. If you are considering Invisalign in Plano, here are some facts to keep in mind about the treatment.

Foods to Avoid During Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to gradually move the teeth into the proper position. As with other orthodontics treatments, proper care of your Invisalign trays will help ensure the best possible results, as well as keeping your teeth looking great while treatment is underway.

Some guidelines to follow involve what you should and should not eat during Invisalign treatment. With traditional braces, you must avoid chewy or sticky foods to keep from breaking the wires used to move your teeth into place. With Invisalign, it is important to avoid foods that could stain or warp your Invisalign trays. These include:

  • Very hot foods
  • Dark-colored foods
  • Staining beverages such as tea and coffee

Tea and coffee are both hot and also staining, making them beverages to avoid during Invisalign treatment. Because the trays are made of plastic, hot beverages can warp the trays, changing their shape so that they will no longer fit comfortably over the teeth. Warped trays also will not be able to move the teeth into proper position. Also, if the trays become stained due to exposure to tea or coffee, they will no longer be transparent, and instead of being invisible, the trays will be dingy and unattractive.

Drinking Coffee or Tea During Invisalign Treatment

However, it is not necessary to completely avoid coffee and tea during your treatment. One of the advantages of Invisalign is that the trays can be removed from time to time. In fact, in most cases you should remove the trays when you eat to prevent staining or other damage. While the trays are in place, you should drink only cool water. But if you wish to indulge in a hot beverage like tea or coffee, you can remove the trays to avoid damage.

For more information about Invisalign treatment and what it can do to improve your smile, please call My Dentist in Plano for a consultation.

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