Dr. Sophia Scantlebury at Scantlebury Orthodontics know that their patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners in Brooklyn, NY are free to eat, sleep, and play without the constrictions that come with orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. But treatment with Invisalign does come with some caveats to be aware of.
What makes Invisalign different?
Invisalign clear aligners are made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is fitted to the shape of your teeth. It’s flexible and comfortable to wear. Because Invisalign is clear, they are practically invisible to anyone except the wearer. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the tray. Maintenance is as easy as brushing your teeth.
What foods should I avoid?
- Hard Foods and Candies:Things like potato chips and pretzels, with a quick and easy snap, aren’t likely to interfere with your Invisalign treatment because they are not hard enough to push your teeth out of alignment again. Foods like jawbreakers, crusty breads, or seeds and nuts can cause cracks or chips in teeth. Sugary foods feed the bacteria that live in our mouths, and that promotes tooth decay and bad breath. Fruits and vegetables are definitely a healthier option, but they should be cut into bite-size pieces. Try to stick with softer options like bananas, grapes, and strawberries.
- Sticky Chewy Stuff:Chewing gum is an obvious restriction when being treated with braces or Invisalign. Sticky foods like gum can remain on the surfaces of the teeth after eating. This food debris can cause a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth and on the Invisalign trays and promote tooth decay. It is important to maintain conscientious oral health care habits while being treated with Invisalign.
- Liquids That Stain:Drinks like coffee, tea, and wine can stain the Invisalign aligners. Hot coffee, hot tea, and other hot drinks can distort and damage the shape of the Invisalign trays. Acidic drinks like citrus juice can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay. It is important when being treated with Invisalign to keep the trays clean and to maintain good oral health care habits.
Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign in Brooklyn, NY is an investment of time, money, and some effort. A straight, healthy, functional smile is the goal. The ease of wear and the ease of care associated with Invisalign clear aligners means that even the most active patients of Dr. Sophia Scantlebury can look forward to successful treatment outcomes without the restrictions and and inconvenience of traditional braces.
Brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays are still responsibilities of every Invisalign patient, but the care involved, the comfort, and the convenience of Invisalign means no more effort need be extended in the normal, daily routine of good oral hygiene. Avoiding certain foods will help keep your teeth and your trays free from stains and odors and may even make your Invisalign treatmentprocess easier and faster.