If you have chosen clear aligners to correct your teeth’s position and alignment, you have likely done so due to the freedom this treatment gives you compared to traditional metal braces. Dr. Adnan Saleem and the team at Hebron Smiles in Carrollton, Texas, have been offering clear aligners to patients for years with great success. One reason patients find such great success when choosing clear aligners is that Dr. Saleem provides many helpful tips to follow during treatment. These tips help ensure your treatment stays on track so you can complete it on time and with minimal complications. Some of these tips concern how, what, and when you eat.
While it is true that you can eat and drink practically anything you want when you choose clear aligners for your orthodontic needs, there are still some general rules you should try to follow. It may benefit you to watch what you put into your mouth to ensure you get the most from your clear aligners treatment.
This one is simple but also the most important: take off your aligners before eating. If you do not, you risk staining, cracking, or otherwise damaging them.
When you snack, your mouth becomes acidic. The more often you snack, the longer these acids linger. Reducing your snacking will decrease your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you can, brush after snacking or (at the very least) rinse your mouth with water.
If you drink coffee constantly throughout the day, your aligners can become stained, defeating the purpose of choosing a discreet treatment. Constant contact with hot liquids can also warp the plastic the aligners are crafted from.
If you are wondering if you can chew gum while wearing your clear aligners, the answer is no. The gum will stick to the aligners and could even cause damage. There are a few limitations regarding what you can eat and drink while going through your clear aligner treatment. Chewing gum is one of these restrictions.