In the world of straighter smiles, Invisalign has become a popular choice. These clear aligners offer a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces. But with the freedom of removable trays comes the question: what can you drink with Invisalign?
Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast, a tea aficionado, or simply enjoy a refreshing beverage throughout the day, navigating your drink choices during Invisalign treatment can feel confusing. Here at Enhance Dental Centre, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and that includes your beverage habits. This guide will help you navigate your way to a happy (and hydrated) smile throughout your Invisalign journey.

Do I Have to Take Out My Invisalign to Drink?

Do I Have to Take Out My Invisalign to Drink?

It’s highly advisable to remove your Invisalign and place them in their protective case before consuming any beverages, for several reasons.
Some drinks like red wine or coffee can stain your aligners, while others like soda or energy drinks can create an acidic environment under your Invisalign, increasing the risk of tooth decay and damage to your teeth. Moreover, hot beverages such as coffee or tea can distort the shape of your aligners due to the heat.
By removing your Invisalign trays, you can safely enjoy your favorite beverages. Remember, however, that Invisalign trays should ideally be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. After drinking, promptly replace your aligners to maintain the recommended wearing time.

Can You Drink Water With Invisalign?

Can You Drink Water With Invisalign?

Drinking cold or room-temperature water while wearing your Invisalign is recommended. In fact, staying hydrated by drinking water is not only good for your dental health but also for your overall well-being.
Water can help dislodge food particles and even assist in removing accumulated sugar from beneath your Invisalign trays. The fluoride in tap water may even reduce the number of cavities you’ll get in your lifetime by as much as 25%.
However, if you enjoy drinking hot water, especially on cold days, it’s advisable to remove your aligners beforehand. Similar to hot coffee or tea, hot water can cause your Invisalign aligners to warp.

Can You Drink Sparkling Water with Invisalign?

Drinking sparkling water while wearing Invisalign aligners is generally not allowed due to potential staining or tooth damage.
However, some providers may allow moderate drinking if the water is free from dyes or sugar and the risks of carbonation to enamel are considered. It is advisable to remove the aligners to consume sparkling water.

Can You Drink Coffee or Tea With Invisalign?

Can You Drink Coffee or Tea With Invisalign?

It’s not a good idea to drink hot coffee or tea while wearing Invisalign trays as the heat can cause the plastic to warp, potentially requiring you to purchase new aligners. If you choose to enjoy coffee or tea with your Invisalign trays in, it’s best to wait until the drink cools down to warm or room temperature.
However, be aware that frequent coffee consumption can stain Invisalign aligners, and adding sugar to coffee and tea can promote tooth decay. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, using a straw can help minimize contact with your teeth.
That being said, coffee and tea have their health benefits when consumed without added sugar. They contain antioxidants that may lower the risk of certain cancers. Additionally, tea has anti-inflammatory properties, and both drinks contribute to cardiovascular health, potentially reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Can You Drink Alcohol, Beer, or Wine With Invisalign?

Can You Drink Alcohol, Beer, or Wine With Invisalign?

As mentioned previously, it’s advisable to remove your Invisalign trays before drinking alcoholic beverages. Red wine and dark beer have the potential to stain your aligners, and sugary cocktails can increase the risk of tooth decay, especially when wearing aligners that trap sugars.
If you decide to consume alcohol and cannot remove your Invisalign, consider these tips:

  • Drink clear drinks: Gin and vodka are lower in sugar content; pair them with tonic or soda water and avoid fruit juices or colas.
  • Rinse with water: Stay hydrated and rinse your teeth to help remove pigments and sugar.
  • Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste: If you anticipate drinking at an event, brush your teeth whenever possible. You can remove your Invisalign to brush, making it easier to prevent plaque or tartar buildup.

Once again, it’s best to remove your Invisalign trays before drinking. Rinse your teeth with water or brush them before reinserting your aligners.

Can you Drink with Invisalign Through a Straw?

Can you Drink with Invisalign Through a Straw?

It is typically not recommended drinking through a straw while wearing Invisalign aligners. While a straw may somewhat reduce staining or warping, it won’t completely eliminate the potential negative effects of non-water drinks on the aligners.
It’s understandable that many people find it challenging to imagine going through Invisalign treatment without enjoying drinks other than water. This is why some place their hopes in using a straw. If you’ve ever undergone teeth whitening, you’ve likely been advised to use a straw. Similarly, some assume the same applies during Invisalign treatment.

However, hot drinks remain hot and are typically unsuitable for straws. Even as a drink cools, it might be warm enough to sip through a straw but still hot enough to potentially warp the aligners.
For cool yet dark, acidic, or sugary drinks, using a straw can help mitigate the risks associated with these drinks and the potential damage to both the aligners and your teeth.
Nevertheless, there are still risks involved. Your mouth is naturally moist with saliva, so when a drink mixes with saliva, it inevitably comes into contact with the aligners. Staining or warping of the aligners and tooth decay can still occur, although straws can minimize these risks rather than eliminate them.

Can You Drink Soda With Invisalign?

Can You Drink Soda With Invisalign?

To avoid tooth decay, it’s best not to drink soda while wearing Invisalign. Instead, remove your aligners and use a straw when drinking soda. Using a straw may reduce the contact of sugary beverages with your teeth, which can decrease the risk of decay caused by the combination of sugar and mouth bacteria, however as mentioned above it doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of contamination with your aligners.

Conclusion

So there you have it! With a little planning and these simple tips, you can enjoy your favorite drinks while keeping your Invisalign treatment on track. Remember, water is always the best choice for your overall health and Invisalign care. But with a few adjustments, you can still indulge in a refreshing beverage without compromising your smile.
Remember to avoid sugary, acidic, and staining beverages that can negatively impact your teeth and aligners. It’s also essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to keep your smile healthy throughout your Invisalign journey.
If you’re considering Invisalign treatment or have any questions about aligner care, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Enhance Dental Center. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care and personalized guidance to help you achieve a beautiful, confident smile with Invisalign.
Schedule a consultation with Enhance Dental Centre today to discover how we can enhance your smile and overall dental health. Your journey to a straighter, healthier smile starts here!

FAQs

1- What liquids can you drink with Invisalign?

The only drink that you can have while wearing your Invisalign aligners is water. Avoid drinking warm or hot water, though, because the hotter temperature may warp the aligner, making it less effective or possibly irritate your gums.

2- Can I drink coffee with a straw with Invisalign?

When it comes to drinking coffee while wearing Invisalign, a straw may help minimize the contact of coffee with your aligners, however it doesn’t completely avoid contact. Furthermore if it’s warm coffee it may warp the aligners, so it is best to remove your aligners before drinking coffee.