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How Coffee and Tea Can Affect Invisalign

Considering braces and decided on Invisalign? Good for you!

Invisalign is an alternative for those who want to straighten their teeth by not using the traditional orthodontic braces. Invisalign uses custom-made clear trays that move your teeth into optimal position over time. Users of Invisalign use new trays – that have been molded to fit your mouth – about every two weeks.

Movement is incremental, but many people report that they start seeing some results within a few weeks.

Just as with traditional braces, you’re going to have to take special care of your teeth and practice more careful oral hygiene while you undergo Invasilgn treatment.

 

Your dentist will give you complete instructions on how to care for your Invisalign mouth trays.

If you love coffee and tea, understand that you will have to be more careful with these drinks as you use Invisalign. The heat of the beverages can change the shape of the plastic trays (they could become misshapen enough that they no longer work in your mouth).

In addition, coffee and tea could stain your trays, rendering them visible, thus removing one of the benefits of using Invisalign – the trays are invisible in your mouth. Coffee and tea could stain your teeth such that the trays could make your teeth look discolored and/or dingy.

The best thing to do is to take the Invisalign trays out of your mouth whenever you drink coffee or tea. But you need to be sure to put them right back in as soon as you’re done. (It’s also a good idea to clean the trays before placing them back in your mouth). You need to get the trays back in your mouth quickly because, for Invisalign to work, you must wear the trays for at least 22 out of every 24 hours.

In fact, it’s probably a good idea to remove your trays when drinking most liquids. You should remove the trays when eating anyway; make sure you do so when drinking just about any liquid other than plain water. So that means it’s wise to remove the Invisalign trays when you drink coffee, tea, soda, sugary drinks, fruit juices, etc

The reason why you should remove the trays when you drink sugared drinks and fruit juices is that some of the liquid will seep into the space between your teeth and the aligners, possibly becoming a source of food for the bacteria that causes cavities. In addition, the acid in drinks such as sodas and fruit juices can seep between the aligners and your teeth, possibly eroding your tooth enamel.

If you’d like to learn more about how Invisalign works, contact Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson by phone so that he can ascertain if you’re a good candidate.

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