The most frequently asked question about clear aligners or invisible braces is whether you can eat with clear aligners or you have to strike off some of your favorite food items from the list to get the treatment going. This apprehension comes up for anyone about to start the clear aligner treatment or willing to do so because they believe both metal braces and clear braces are similar and thus the treatment guidelines too will be the same.

But here is the good news! Both metal braces and clear braces indeed do the same work of putting teeth in proper arrangement but the mechanism, treatment guidelines, treatment experience, and dietary restrictions are completely different from each other. In metal braces treatment the patient has to follow food restrictions to avoid damage to the stainless steel wires and brackets that are fixed to the teeth but in clear aligner treatment there are no wires involved and they are removable, hence no dietary restrictions.

But then you may argue, will the material of the clear braces be affected by the food items a patient eats or drinks? To this the answer is simple, NO Braces While Eating! Yes! It’s just that simple while eating your favorite noodles or drinking your favorite bubbly drink, all you have to do is remove them, enjoy your food, rinse your teeth after you are finished eating, and put the braces back on to resume the treatment.

As clear aligners are completely removable, there is no need to worry about any strict dietary guidelines that you need to follow during the treatment. So, be it a party, a family gathering, or a social outing, eat anything and keep going on with the treatment.

So, answering the question yet again in complete black and white. Can you eat with clear aligners?

Of course anything and everything! Just remove them before eating and enjoy your meal.

When we tell people that clear aligners are removable, the second doubt that comes up instantly is whether will the accuracy of clear aligners be affected by the act of switching on and off the treatment duration while eating.

So, to answer this we will have to start from scratch to understand how the accuracy and effectiveness aren’t affected by the act of removing the aligners for short durations.

The material of the aligner trays: 

Aligner trays are made from high-grade, medically approved polymer, a plastic-like substance that retains shape, size, and effectiveness even when removed.

Remove with ease: 

A patient does not have to forcefully remove them rather the patient is given a set of ‘outies’ along with the aligner trays which smoothens the process of removing the aligner trays. The ‘outies’ are small handy tools that make the process of removing the aligners a gentle and painless process.

Aligner case: 

Once removed the patient can keep the aligner safely and in hygienic conditions in the aligner case provided for aligner sets. The case keeps the aligner free of germs and other dust particles. Moreover, the aligner case comes in handy while traveling via airplane, train, or car as you don’t have to find a space to keep them safe as the case is at your service!

Durable: 

Aligner trays are made from high-quality durable material which prevents them from breaking off easily. The aligner trays retain their shape, fit, and durability because of the sturdy material they are made from.

22 Hours: 

Aligner trays need to be worn at least 22 hours a day to present accurate teeth straightening results, so even when you remove them while eating or drinking, the minimum duration to keep the aligners on is still met! Thereby, gifting you perfect smiles through a happy treatment journey.

Here are a few precautions that a patient must follow while removing the aligner trays to keep them healthy and hygienic when not in use:

    • Always use an aligner case to keep the aligner trays.
    • Always keep the aligner case clean by washing it under running water and wiping it dry with the help of a clean cloth subsequently.
    • Always wash the clear aligner trays with the help of a soft bristle brush and mild soap solution. Do not use toothpaste to clean aligner trays as it can scratch the surface of aligners and leave a residue.
    • Keep the aligner trays away from direct heat and exposure to high temperatures as it can deform the shape of the aligner trays.
    • Always brush and gargle thoroughly before wearing clear aligners back on after eating food.