What Should You Avoid During Invisalign® Treatment?

By: Rosenberg Team


Embarking on your Invisalign treatment journey at Rosenberg Orthodontics in Hartford County, CT signifies a pivotal moment toward achieving the beautiful, straight smile you've always desired. Invisalign treatment, a revolutionary aspect of modern orthodontics, employs clear aligners to align your teeth in a nearly invisible way, allowing for an aesthetic and convenient solution to traditional braces. However, like any transformative dental treatment, there are specific guidelines and precautions that should be followed to ensure optimal results and a smooth process. Understanding what not to do with Invisalign treatment is crucial for maintaining the integrity of your clear aligners and ensuring they work as intended. These guidelines help prevent unnecessary setbacks and ensure that your treatment timeline remains on track. By adhering to these simple yet essential rules, you'll be well on your way to achieving the best possible outcomes with your Invisalign treatment.

What foods and drinks should I avoid?

With Invisalign clear aligners, you have the freedom to eat and drink whatever you wish, but it's vital to remove your aligners beforehand. This is because certain foods and beverages can pose risks to the effectiveness and cleanliness of your aligners. For instance:

  • Hot beverages can distort the shape of your aligners, compromising their fit and the progression of your treatment
  • Sugary or acidic drinks can lead to cavities if they seep underneath the aligners, as they create an environment where bacteria can flourish
  • Chewing gum can stick to the aligners and may be difficult to remove
  • Hard foods can damage aligners if they are not removed before eating

What activities should I be cautious about?

While Invisalign aligners offer the flexibility to continue with most of your daily activities, certain habits and activities should be approached with caution to avoid damaging your aligners or impeding your treatment:

  • Contact sports (such as football and hockey) pose a risk to your aligners and teeth; thus, removing your aligners and wearing a sports guard is advisable for protection
  • Activities involving excessive heat near the face, such as saunas or certain types of cooking, should be approached cautiously as they could potentially warp the aligners

Adapting your lifestyle slightly to accommodate these precautions can significantly impact the effectiveness and duration of your Invisalign treatment.

How should I maintain my oral hygiene?

Excellent oral hygiene is paramount when undergoing treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. This means diligently brushing and flossing your teeth before reinserting your aligners to prevent trapping food particles and bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, cleaning your aligners regularly by rinsing and gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush (without toothpaste, as it can scratch the aligners) helps keep them clear and free from bacteria. It's also important to soak your aligners in a cleaning solution specifically designed for Invisalign aligners or a mild denture cleaner, as this can help maintain their clarity and hygiene. By following these oral hygiene practices, you ensure that your Invisalign treatment progresses smoothly and healthily.

How important is it to follow the treatment plan?

Following the treatment plan devised by your team at our Hartford County, CT office is crucial for the success of your Invisalign treatment. This includes wearing your aligners for the recommended 20 – 22 hours per day to ensure your teeth move according to the planned schedule. Changing to a new set of aligners when instructed is also vital, as each set is designed to move your teeth incrementally toward their intended position. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can lead to extended treatment times and less than optimal results. Regular checkups with your orthodontist at Rosenberg Orthodontics allow for monitoring of your progress and any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan, ensuring a successful outcome.

Maintain your oral health during Invisalign treatments

Are you ready to embark on your journey to a straighter, more beautiful smile with Invisalign aligners at Rosenberg Orthodontics in Hartford County, CT? Our team is committed to providing personalized care and guidance throughout your Invisalign treatment, ensuring that you achieve the stunning results you aspire to. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.