When it comes to eating with Invisalign clear braces, there are a few important rules to follow. First and foremost, always remove your aligners before eating anything. Even though they are strong and durable, they are not designed to withstand the pressure of chewing. In some cases, you may be able to drink sparkling water in moderation, as long as it doesn't contain dyes or sugar and you're aware of the risks of carbonation for your enamel. Aligners are designed to move teeth to their new positions, carefully and methodically, one by one.
However, they are not meant to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing. Therefore, it is important to take off your aligners before eating anything, whether it's a small snack or a big meal. Otherwise, you risk breaking the aligners and interrupting treatment. When eating with Invisalign accessories, it is best to avoid foods that are exceptionally hard, sticky, or crunchy. Biting on hard foods can damage Invisalign accessories or cause them to slip out of place, requiring a visit to the orthodontist.
Additionally, only drink cold or room temperature water while wearing Invisalign or other clear aligners. Hot or boiling water can melt or change the shape of your aligners, even while you're wearing them. If you want to enjoy other beverages such as soft drinks and sparkling water, it is best to take off your aligners while consuming them. This will help ensure that your aligners remain in good condition and that your treatment progresses as planned.