Drinking Soda with Invisalign: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally drink soda with Invisalign, you may damage your teeth and your aligners, as soda contains sugar and acid that can erode your enamel and cause cavities

Invisalign is the brand name of a type of thin clear aligner used in orthodontic treatment.

The aligner is made from a flexible thermoplastic material named SmartTrack.

As the name suggests, this product is designed to make orthodontic treatment “less conspicuous,” as the American Association of Orthodontists puts it.

If you accidentally drink soda with Invisalign, you may damage your teeth and your aligners.

This is because soda contains sugar and acid, which can erode your tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Sugar and acid can also stain and weaken your aligners, making them less effective and more noticeable.

Sugar and acid can harm your teeth by interacting with the bacteria in your mouth, producing acid that attacks your teeth for about 20 minutes after each sip.

Soda that contains caffeine can also make you dehydrated, which may lead to dry mouth and increased risk of tooth decay.

Acid can also reduce the surface hardness of your enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and prone to erosion.

It is quite uncommon to drink soda with Invisalign, because most dentists advise against it.

They recommend that you only drink water when wearing your aligners, and remove them when eating or drinking anything else.

This is to prevent staining, damage, and bacterial growth on your aligners and teeth.

You can prevent further damage if you accidentally drink soda with Invisalign by rinsing your mouth with water afterward, and brushing your teeth and your aligners 30 to 60 minutes later.

This will help wash away any remaining sugar and acid, and stop them from attacking your teeth and aligners.

You should also avoid drinking soda before bedtime, as this can increase the exposure of your teeth to sugar and acid.

To avoid accidental drinking of soda with Invisalign, you should always remove your aligners before consuming any beverages other than water.

You should also limit your intake of soda, as it has no nutritional value and can harm your overall health.

You can choose other drinks, such as unsweetened tea, plain milk, or water with fruit, as healthier alternatives.

Finally, remember, Invisalign is a great option for improving your smile, but it requires proper care and maintenance.

You should follow your dentist’s instructions on how to wear, clean, and store your aligners, and avoid anything that can damage them or your teeth.

By doing so, you can ensure the best results from your Invisalign treatment.

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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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