For most people, having a morning coffee is a must, but is this okay when you're wearing clear braces? Continue reading to find out what you can and can’t drink with clear braces.
What are clear braces?
Clear braces are braces that are completely clear. They are great for people who don’t want anyone to see the braces in their mouth. The brand of clear braces that we offer here at Oldham is Invisalign, removable aligners.
Can I drink coffee with clear braces?
If the aligners are in your mouth, you shouldn't drink coffee. While wearing Invisalign clear braces you shouldn’t eat or drink anything. The aligners will need to be taken out if you want to have anything to eat or drink. Then once you’re done, you need to brush your teeth and don’t forget to put your aligners back in afterwards; they should be worn for no less than 22 hours.
All liquids, other than clear, cool water should be avoided whilst wearing Invisalign clear braces. This is because they will become discoloured and may become damaged. Clear braces will melt and warp if you drink hot water. They will also crack if you drink ice cold drinks. If your clear braces do become damaged then it’s important that you get in touch with us ASAP to get them fixed or replaced.
Can I drink sparkling water?
While sparking water won’t discolour your clear braces, it is considered to be acidic so will, over time damage the enamel of your teeth. If you do want a flavoured fizzy drink, you will need to remove your clear braces and brush your teeth just after. This will eliminate plaque buildup on your teeth and will stop this plaque and bacteria being transferred to your braces.
How can I stop my teeth from staining?
When you do drink coffee, tea or dark liquids such as red wine, your teeth may become stained. The best way to avoid this is to stop drinking these liquids, but if you can’t live without caffeine or fruity drinks then swilling your mouth out with fresh water will work fine.
Interested in talking to us about Invisalign aligners? Contact us at Oldham Orthodontics on 0161 6220987.