We all know how satisfying the smell and taste of that first cup of coffee is in the morning. Coffee provides your energy for the day and it does have amazing health benefits. Many find it truly addictive, however, water is the only beverage you should be drinking while wearing your Invisalign.
Our patients, like so many, have strong feelings about their coffee and often can’t be bothered removing their Invisalign when drinking it.
“I love coffee,” says Hellen B. “I cherish it. Having a cup of coffee is the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning. I drink it slow and I savor it. I simply can’t be bothered with taking my Invisalign out.” Jake W. has yet to figure out timing when it comes to coffee and his aligners. “I need my fix and I am always in a rush in the morning,” he says. “It’s too awkward to take out and possibly drop my aligners on the street.”
Another problem for some patients is drinking their coffee steaming hot. The aligners are made of plastic and really need to maintain their form in order to move teeth to make our smiles beautiful, which is the reason you are wearing them in the first place. Simply put, the hot beverage can distort your aligners. Do your best to let things cool down.
We know coffee lovers cannot go about their day without their FIX so when you simply cannot take out your aligners, follow these simple guidelines:
Do your best to let coffee cool down before drinking.
Take out your aligners when you get to work and rinse, brush and reinsert.
If your aligners are getting stained, try brushing them.
Remember to wear your aligners as close to 22 hours a day.
So go ahead enjoy that cup of coffee if you must but always take aligners out as soon as you can and rinse.
Learn more about how to keep your smile healthy and save time and money by spending less time in the dental chair. Click here to download Dr. Robin’s Free Guide article on 5 Steps to a Super Healthy Mouth.