What Foods Should I Avoid During Invisalign Treatment?

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and her team at Scantlebury Orthodontics know that their patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners near Park Slope, NY are free to eat, sleep, and play without the constrictions that usually come with orthodontic treatment. However, treatment with this system 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. And because this system is clear, it’s practically invisible to anyone except the wearer. The clear aligners are also removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the aligners; maintenance is as easy as brushing your teeth.

What Foods Should I Avoid During Treatment With Invisalign?

  • Hard foods and candies like jawbreakers, crusty breads, or seeds and nuts can cause cracks or chips in teeth. Also, sugary foods feed the bacteria that live in our mouths, and that promotes tooth decay and bad breath. Try to stick with softer options like bananas, grapes, and strawberries.
  • Sticky chewy stuff like chewing gum is an obvious restriction during orthodontic treatment as it can remain on the surfaces of the teeth after eating. This food debris can cause a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on your teeth, and can promote tooth decay. It is important to maintain conscientious oral health care habits while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • Liquids that stain including: coffee, tea, and wine can stain your Invisalign trays, while hot coffee, hot tea, and other hot drinks can distort and damage the shape of them. It is important when being treated with Invisalign to keep the clear aligners clear.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is an investment of time, money, and some discipline. The ease of wear and care associated with this system means that even Dr. Scantlebury’s most active patients can look forward to successful treatment outcomes without the restrictions and and inconvenience of traditional braces. Brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays are the responsibility of the patient, and avoiding certain foods will help keep your teeth and your trays free from stains and odors. If you’re looking for an experienced Invisalign orthodontist near Park Slope, NY, contact Scantlebury Orthodontics today!


Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at a Scantlebury Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign®, Invisalign Teen®, braces and clear braces in Park Slope, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Grand Army Plaza, NY, Prospect Park, NY, and Prospect Heights, NY, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Scantlebury, contact Scantlebury Orthodontics at: 718.230.5046