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Dec 2019

Tips on eating with Invisalign

For many, the Invisalign is a blessing. Not only does it help straighten teeth just as well as traditional braces, but it does so without being noticeable. It also allows the user to remove it before participating in activities such as sports, social occasions or work meetings However, when it comes to eating, it may not be as simple as most Invisalign users think. Need help figuring out what to do and not to do when it comes to eating with Invisalign? Here are five tips to keep in mind:

  1. Take It Off

Whatever you do, do not eat anything with the aligners still inside your mouth. If you're drinking water, that's fine. However, for anything else, take it off. The last thing you want to happen is to pop your favorite crisps into your mouth and chew , only to find out later that it has damaged or cracked your Invisalign. Plus, these aligners are quite an investment, so why take the risk? Always take off your aligners before eating.

  1. Eat Quickly

For your aligners to give its maximum benefits, you need to wear them for at least 20 hours a day. With that said, if you know you love to eat often and a lot, try and speed things up. Or better yet, try to cut down on unnecessary snacking and the like. In other words, try to make sure that the time it takes for you to eat doesn't cut down the time you've worn your aligners to below 20 hours. Otherwise, your treatment won't be as effective or it may take longer than expected.

  1. Lower Consumption of Food that Can Stain

Some foods out there are more prone to staining your teeth (and aligners) than others. For example, coffee is a must-have for many as a pick-me-up during the morning. If you have coffee daily, that's alright. However, try not to drink them with your aligners on. Otherwise, they're going to get stained, and even the stains on your teeth can stain the aligners. Also, extreme temperatures can deform the plastic which could not only be painful but expensive if a replacement aligner is needed. We hate to say so, but we wholeheartedly recommend that you try your best to drink only water for the duration of your treatment.

  1. Brush Often

Whenever you eat anything, you have to brush your teeth right after. Whether it is a full-fledge meal or some fruit, you'll have to brush no matter what. Why is this so? Because your aligners and your teeth are always in contact with each other. If one of them isn't clean, you'll end up food and bacterial adherence on the teeth which could lead to tooth decay( cavities). With that in mind, always keep a toothbrush and toothpaste nearby, or pack a travel toothbrush with you wherever you go so that you can get to cleaning after eating.

  1. Reduce Snacking Habit

Many people have the habit of snacking in between meals. If you have the same habit, you'll need to make sure that your aligners are off, which sometimes you might forget. In addition to that, you need to brush your teeth every time you eat something to keep your teeth and aligners in top condition. Do you want to deal with brushing your teeth after chewing on a sweet treat every time? If not, then do your best to reduce snacking. By following the tips we've given you, you will ensure that your Invisalign is giving you the fullest benefits and that you're on the fastest lane on the road to enjoying a perfect set of teeth. If you live in Fulham and want Invisalign , get in touch with Progressive Dentistry now. We have some great technology which includes a smile simulation on our fantastic Trios scanner. See your new smile before you make your mind up!

Smile simulation on our incredible Trios software


Dec 2021

Case of the Month October 2021- Invisalign, whitening and bonding

Our case of the month for October was a simple yet effective one involving three of our favourite techniques: Invisalign, tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding. Crowding of teeth is so common, we would probably say the majority of the population suffer some form of mis alignment of some sort. Luckily, modern day treatments mean that teeth straightening is actually a simply and pain free process. In our case, we used Invisalign Lite which is the 'middle of the road' version which typically takes less than 6 … READ MORE
Sep 2021

Invisalign Lite - a guide to treatment and costs

Invisalign is the world's most well known clear aligner orthodontic treatment. However, not many people know about the history of Invisalign and how it all came about. History of Invisalign Invisalign all started in the mid-90s, when a young Stanford student named Zia Chisti was undergoing orthodontic treatment with fixed braces. As a university student, he experienced many of the inconveniences that come with getting braces as a busy adult such as irritation , pain, brackets coming off, sharp wires and nu… READ MORE
Mar 2021

Case of the Month February 2021

Our case of the month for last month is a stunning case which involves a smile transformation using three techniques:1. Lingual Braces2. Tooth whitening using a take home whitening kit 3. Cosmetic bonding We like to call this a Progressive Smile transformation as there is no drilling, no injections, no pain and the process is affordable and easy to maintain. In contrast to porcelain veneers or crowns which require drilling away of healthy tooth enamel to cover the teeth with the ceramic. Granted, this may l… READ MORE
Jan 2021

Case of the month December/January 2020/2021

Time has flown by and we forgot to post our case of the month for December so we have decided to combine them with a tremendous case study involving a complete smile transformation. Our client really hated her smile. The main issues were that the smile was not wide enough, the back teeth caved in so that they were not visible on photos and the bite was all over the place. As well as teeth crowding and an overall yellow shade, so a number of aesthetic problems. After careful planning, which is always the key… READ MORE


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