What to Expect When Starting Invisalign

Posted on: 30 November 2022

Starting Invisalign treatment can be an exciting experience since it's common to feel empowered due to the positive improvement you're making for your smile. Whether you've been considering starting Invisalign for a while or were persuaded by your dentist to choose this treatment over braces, you'll need to expect to make adjustments to your diet. 

Consider the following tips for adjusting your diet to support your Invisalign treatment. 

Cut Down on Tea and Coffee

While you may already be familiar with how much tea and coffee can stain teeth, you may be surprised that they can also stain your Invisalign aligners. Since this can greatly affect the aligners' appearance when worn, it's wise to stick with drinking water. 

If you can't give up on tea or coffee altogether, ensure the aligners are removed when you drink these beverages. 

Keep Up with Frequent Brushing

After having a drink, or eating a snack or meal, you'll want to make a habit of brushing your teeth. This is to help remove food debris that may have gotten stuck between your teeth and can get in the way when you put your aligners back in. 

Since you'll need to take the aligners out when you eat, brush your teeth after every meal so that the aligners always go into a clean mouth. 

Prepare for Some Soreness

Since you'll be switching out the aligners more frequently than with adjustments to metal braces, it's common to experience some soreness. Since soreness will be present in the first few days after switching to a new tray of Invisalign aligners, you'll want to adjust your diet. 

Eating soft food and smoothies can make these adjustments easier and prevent irritation. Keeping an eye on your schedule of when you'll be switching your aligners can allow you to meal prep. 

Plan Your Mealtimes Accordingly

An important part of your Invisalign treatment is keeping them in for 20-22 hours daily. This can get in the way of when you typically eat your meals, making it important to better schedule when you'll eat. Avoiding snacks and eating at set times can ensure that you're wearing your Invisalign trays as often as recommended.

If you're preparing to start Invisalign treatment, you'll need to know what to expect regarding your diet. Since some adjustments will be expected, you can feel much better with the above tips in mind and making changes to what you're drinking, eating, and how to care for your teeth and aligners.