One of the most appealing conveniences that Invisalign offers is that the aligners are removable. Patients must remove their Invisalign retainers when they eat or drink anything besides still water. Since teeth must be thoroughly brushed before you put your aligners back in, you may need to start planning ahead for meals and snacks a little more than usual. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you get through your Invisalign treatment while maintaining a healthy, delicious diet!
You might normally find yourself eating breakfast on the go as you head to school or work in the morning, but eating in the car isn’t a great option for patients with Invisalign. This is because you need to brush (and ideally floss) your teeth right after every meal before you put your aligners back in. Since you probably start most mornings at home, we recommend waking up a few minutes earlier than usual to give yourself time to eat breakfast before you leave for the day. That way, you’ll have a chance to brush and floss your teeth after your meal.
To save time in the morning, try meal prepping the night before! You can make overnight oats and enjoy them hot or cold the next morning, or make some yummy egg muffins to pop in the microwave in the morning!
Lunch and Snacks
Eating during the day can be a little more complicated, especially since most of us don’t get the chance to come home from school or work for lunch. If you’re usually out and about during the day, be sure to pack your clear aligner case and a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you wherever you go!
Since you probably won’t be able to clean your teeth as thoroughly at work or school as you would be able to at home, opt for foods that are less likely to stain your Invisalign aligners. For example, choose cheese sauce over tomato sauce, and be wearing super pigmented foods like beets and some berries. We also recommend foods that you can cut up into bite-sized pieces and eat rather than foods you have to bite and tear into, as you will be less likely to get food particles lodged between your teeth. This will also be gentler on your teeth, which may be tender from shifting.
The same suggestions apply for on the go snacks throughout the day. Options like yogurt, fruit, soft granola bars, and nuts make great snacks! Anything that can be eaten fairly quickly and packs a lot of nutrition is ideal. Even if it’s just a snack, be sure to brush your teeth before promptly putting your aligners back in.
If you’re eating dinner at home, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to soak your aligners in their cleaning solution while you eat! This is also a chance to indulge in some of the tougher to chew foods, like steak or corn on the cob, as you will have more time to thoroughly clean and floss your teeth in the comfort of your own home before you put your aligners back in for the night.
If you are eating out at a restaurant for dinner, the same tips and tricks from lunch apply. Bring your aligner case and toothbrush, and consider ordering less pigmented foods that will also be less likely to get stuck between your teeth.
We hope these tips and tricks help you get used to your life with Invisalign! If you have any questions or feel ready to start your treatment, schedule an appointment with us today!