If you’re treating your misaligned or crooked teeth with Invisalign, it’s important to keep your trays in good shape and to keep them clean. If the aligner trays become warped or damaged, they won’t move your teeth properly. If they become stained, your teeth will look dingy until you switch to a new tray. For both these reasons, it’s important not to drink tea or coffee while you are wearing your aligner trays.
Caring for Your Invisalign Aligner Trays
When you received your aligner trays, our dentist will provide instructions regarding how to take care of them, how often to change them, and how long you should wear them every day. For the best possible results from your treatment, you should follow these instructions closely.
In general, guidelines on how to take care of your trays include:
- Wear the trays at least 22 hours every day
- Remove the trays when you eat
- Rinse the trays to keep them clean and free of food debris
- Avoid hot beverages or foods that can stain the trays
The trays are designed to move your teeth into the proper position, so it’s important to keep them clean and avoid anything that could change their shape.
Why Avoid Coffee and Tea?
Coffee and tea can affect your Invisalign treatment in two ways. First, they are usually hot beverages, so the heat of the liquid can cause your trays to warp out of their proper shape. Second, they are both staining agents. In the same way that tea and coffee can stain your teeth, they can also stain your aligner trays. If the trays become stained, they will no longer be clear. Because you have to wear each tray for about two weeks, during that time the stains will be visible, making your teeth look discolored.
If you want to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with your breakfast, remove your trays first. However, be sure not to leave them out of your mouth for an extended period of time.
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