Three Foods and Drinks That Will Stain Your Invisalign® Aligners
Orthodontists everywhere recommend Invisalign clear aligners as a discreet, less-invasive way to straighten your teeth. So, have you started wearing Invisalign aligners? Great choice! But before moving forward with treatment, you should know that some foods and drinks can stain your aligners or wear away the high-quality materials that make them work.
Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign is proud to hold the highest level of Invisalign certification (Elite 1%), which means we provide the latest information about advanced teeth straightening options.
Orthodontist and certified Invisalign provider Dr. Douglas D. Durbin provides helpful tips on keeping your aligners virtually stain-free during an Invisalign treatment consultation. Just visit one of our cutting-edge offices in Lexington, Georgetown, Winchester, Mount Sterling/Owingsville, Richmond, or Nicholasville, KY, or Boynton Beach, FL.
Read about the three foods and drinks that will stain your aligners below.
1. Berries and fruit juices
Berries and other fresh fruits are excellent for healthy snacking. But berries, like blueberries and blackberries, do have a deep color that can really stain your aligners. Fruit juices and sports drinks with artificial colors and dyes can also cause stains over time. That's why we recommend practicing caution when consuming foods and drinks with bright colors.
2. Coffee, tea, and soda
Many people enjoy coffee in the morning or sip on diet soda throughout the day. Caffeinated drinks might seem like no big deal when it comes to your clear aligners, but think again! Coffee, tea, and soda all contain staining agents. If you have a prominent coffee or soda habit, try switching to refreshing water or light-colored drinks to avoid stains.
3. Tomato-based sauces and foods
Tomato-based products may be a delicious addition to your meal, but the deep red color has a high risk of staining your aligners. For instance, spaghetti sauce and ketchup both contain strong dyes that can cling to your teeth over time. If you love Italian food or relish a good burger with loads of toppings, you might want to be more cautious.
Want to learn about other foods that can potentially stain your teeth and clear aligners? Patients can call our offices in Lexington, Georgetown, Winchester, Mount Sterling/Owingsville, Richmond, or Nicholasville, KY, or Boynton Beach, FL, for more helpful tips and ways to ensure their success.
Our tips for keeping your invisible aligners clean and virtually stain-free
You don't have to avoid your favorite foods and drinks for the entirety of your Invisalign treatment. But if you want your clear aligners to look their best, some common-sense precautions can help you in the long run.
Dr. Durbin at Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign recommends:
Never (or rarely) wear your Invisalign aligners when eating or drinking "stain-potential" food or drink. The only exception is drinking water. If you have an unintentional "accident" and stain one set, go ahead and move immediately into the next set and let us know,...we'll record it in your treatment chart.
Brush your teeth, the inside of the aligners, WaterPik and rinse your mouth every morning and every evening. Since plaque grows every 12 hours, this will stop any/all potential bacterial acid damage to the teeth and tissues.
Consume drinks through a straw. Drinking through a straw can redirect the staining liquid away from your teeth and gums.
Make your time with Invisalign aligners a success
Remember, your orthodontist wants you to have the best possible experience with the superior technology of Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Douglas D. Durbin can explain how to keep your teeth essentially stain-free when you schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Kentucky or Boynton Beach, FL.
Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign is committed to excellent orthodontic care in a comfortable environment. We're happy to help you achieve your perfect smile through advanced teeth straightening options you’ll love! Call us in Lexington, Georgetown, Winchester, Mount Sterling/Owingsville, Richmond, or Nicholasville, KY or our Boynton Beach, FL to learn more.