Invisalign has become the preferred way to straighten teeth and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic and virtually invisible to the naked eye.
You can remove them any time you brush, floss, eat, or drink. As long as you wear Invisalign for at least 22 hours a day, your teeth will slowly but surely move into their proper positions. While Invisalign treatment times vary from patient to patient, you’ll likely enjoy final results within a year.
When Dr. Gladwell recommends Invisalign to patients, many of them often wonder whether the aligners can stop their teeth from coffee and tea stains. If you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker, you may be curious as well. Keep reading to find out the answer.
Do Not Drink with Aligners in Your Mouth
Every time you drink coffee or tea with Invisalign aligners in your mouth, you can expect the plastic to stain. Your aligners will become noticeable and it will be more obvious that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Therefore, it’s in your best interest to remove your aligners whenever you drink coffee, tea, or any drink for that matter. If you’re worried about staining your teeth, rest assured there are some things you can do to prevent or avoid stained teeth. Our Crestview, Florida orthodontist friend Dr. Clay Sims has expressed that many people are drinking coffee and sweet tea multiple times a day with their aligners in. This is something to be aware of when you have Invisalign.
How to Prevent or Avoid Stained Teeth
Drink Plenty of Water
By drinking water on a regular basis, you can wash away sugar, acid, and plaque. Water is also important because it stimulates saliva. This can keep your plaque acids neutral and teeth in optimal shape. Before you put your aligners back in your mouth, swish around some water.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
While good oral hygiene is always important, it’s particularly crucial if you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment. Since you can remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth, you shouldn’t have any trouble doing so at least two times a day. It’s also vital that you visit your dentist for routine exams and cleanings.
Don’t Overdo It
Too much coffee and tea can do more harm than good for your teeth and overall health. If you find that you’re addicted to one or both, try to implement other drinks in your lifestyle. Water is ideal but if you think it’s too bland, spruce it up with fruits and veggies for some extra flavor. Lake Norman, NC Dentists at Davidson and Burr always encourages patients to each fruits and veggies as a replace for sugary or salty foods.
Consider GLO Teeth Whitening
If you’d like to remove stains and achieve a whiter, brighter smile, GLO teeth whitening at our office is a great option. This technique pairs warming heat and light technology to deliver beautiful results. Best of all, it can be done in an hour and comes with absolutely no pain. If DIY whitening solutions have been ineffective or inconvenient, GLO is sure to exceed your expectations.
Contact Gladwell Orthodontics Today
If you’re interested in learning more about GLO teeth whitening treatment and how it can improve your smile and confidence, don’t hesitate to contact our office today! We can be reached at 919-453-6325. You can even get Cary, NC Invisalign treatment powered by GO!