You probably have heard of Invisalign® but might not know how it differs from traditional braces when it comes to teeth straightening. Braces have been the go-to teeth-straightening device for many years. More recently, Invisalign has gained popularity in patients with crowding or spacing issues. Because it looks so different from traditional braces, you may…
You Can Eat Hard and Sticky Food During Invisalign Treatment
An effective and yet inconspicuous way to straighten the teeth, Invisalign® gives individuals the flexibility to enjoy a wide range of foods while undergoing the teeth straightening process. When compared to traditional braces that come with a long list of what can be eaten and what needs to be avoided, removable alignment trays bring more freedom and enjoyment to mealtimes and sweet snack indulgences. Proper oral hygiene can still be routine and effective with clear aligners, making it possible to eat what you want when undergoing alignment.
Skip these common restrictions
After the installation of traditional braces, it is common to receive a lecture on what foods to avoid during the length of the treatment. The primary rule of thumb advises patients to avoid any crunchy, sticky, chewy, or hard foods. This could cover hundreds of specific items, but common categories include:
- Caramels, taffy, or chewy candy
- Nuts and seeds
- Hard candy or lollipops
- Beef jerky
This list could go on and on, and for those wearing traditional braces, it may seem like starvation is the only option during treatment. Living without apples, chicken wings, or pizza crusts is restricting and unpleasant. With Invisalign®, there are no such food restrictions.
The clear aligners are removable, so patients can choose whatever sounds good at mealtime. There are no dietary restrictions founded on concerns of damaging the braces. Prior to eating, aligners can be removed and stored in a protective case. This means hard crunchy foods like chips, cookies, or raw vegetables are not off-limits.
Easily clean both teeth and tray
In addition, removable trays make it easy to follow proper oral hygiene practices. Traditional braces can harbor food particles, allowing the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease to develop. Oral hygiene is important regardless of what type of teeth straightening treatment is used, but removable trays have the benefit of simplifying the process of cleaning the teeth. The teeth can be easily brushed as normal once the trays have been removed, and the trays themselves can be cleaned to remove bacteria build-up. While an individual is eating, the tray can soak in a solution of mouthwash and water to keep it sanitized for reapplication. At night, patients can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to carefully clean the appliance.
Simplify straightening treatment
Patients commonly find traditional braces distracting and uncomfortable, as many dislike the look of the metal brackets or the feel of clunky wires or tight rubber bands. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, leaving the individual less self-conscious about looks and appearance. Many prefer this less-visible approach to orthodontic work and find the trays are much more convenient and appealing for their lifestyle.
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For those wanting a teeth-straightening option without tough restrictions on the diet, Invisalign® may be the solution. Individuals can eat a variety of foods without fear of damage to the appliance or a setback in their treatment. Schedule an appointment to find out more.
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