Patients with traditional metal braces tend to avoid certain foods to keep their brackets and wires in good shape and reduce the risk of a longer treatment period. Those who choose Invisalign, however, are able to remove their aligners prior to every meal so they can eat and drinking whatever they wish. Corn on the cob, pretzels, and hard taco shells are all examples of foods that are easy to eat with Invisalign because patients don’t have to worry about these foods breaking their wires or brackets.
It’s important to understand that while Invisalign aligners may be removed for eating, they must be worn for at least 22 hours per day in order to effectively straighten teeth. This means that patients only have 2 hours each day to eat all of their meals and snacks. Since Invisalign patients do not want to prolong their treatment and often make it a priority to wear their aligners for 22 hours, they are likely to plan their meals in advance and eat less.
Since patients have to brush their teeth after every meal and snack, many of them tend to reduce the amount of snacks and junk food they consume. They become more selective about the foods they eat and try to choose healthier options. In addition, they limit the amount of alcohol and soda they consume because these drinks contain sugar which can remain on their teeth under the aligners.
In most cases, Invisalign leads to weight loss because it motivates patients to think about what they eat and select healthy foods.