August 15, 2021
“Can you drink alcohol with Invisalign?” you might be wondering. We’ll look at what to know about drinking alcohol and other drinks while wearing aligners for those age 21 or older.
Webb Orthodontics, your world-class Invisalign provider in Charlotte, has a convenient FAQ here for more Invisalign questions. Additionally, we have more on how to care for Invisalign and much more in our blog.
Now, let’s talk about what you can drink with Invisalign.
First, please note that hot liquids or any kind can warp aligners. So, never drink a hot beverage like coffee or tea with your aligners in place. Similarly, never clean your aligners with hot water.
Should You Drink Alcohol with Invisalign?
One of the best aspects of Invisalign, aside from how it transforms smiles, is that it’s convenient. When you’re ready to eat, drink, or brush, you can take the aligners out. Then, you can have all your favorite foods and drinks. After enjoying, brush and rinse your teeth before wearing the aligners again.
Therefore, if you are age 21 or older, you can enjoy alcohol as long as you take out your aligners first. If you forget and drink something like red wine, it may stain your aligners pink. Then, your treatment won’t look very discreet!
On the other hand, clear drinks such as white wine aren’t as likely to stain your aligners. Nevertheless, it’s always recommended to take the aligners out before eating or drinking anything aside from water. By doing so, you can keep your teeth healthy and avoid bad breath.
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Remove Aligners for Anything Other than Water
While your aligners are in place, liquids will seep around them. Then, sugars trapped against your gums and teeth will begin to feed bacteria which cause tooth decay. Instead, it’s so easy to take your aligners out and becomes part of your daily routine. Then, please place them in their protective case for safe-keeping.
However, if you are drinking cool water, it’s fine to leave your aligners in place. Preferably, choose water that isn’t acidic, which can also promote tooth decay. When on the go, it’s best to stay hydrated, but where possible, try to choose alkaline, not acidic, bottled water.
In general, it’s always a good idea to limit sugary foods and drinks, which promote tooth decay. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a treat, but if you do, be sure to rinse and brush before putting your aligners back in your mouth.
A Toast To a New Smile and Better Future
We hope this information on “Can you drink alcohol with Invisalign?” is helpful. If you are of legal age, the answer is yes, but please take out your aligners before eating or drinking.
To be effective, you must wear the aligners for at least 20 hours a day, and preferably more.
By wearing them as much as possible, your treatment will go smoother and faster. Then, you’ll be ready to toast the day with a new, healthy, picture-perfect smile!
For questions, call us anytime at (704) 736-3280.
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