Don’t give up your dietary freedom while getting straight teeth. If you’d like to continue enjoying your favorite crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods – including Halloween candy – call Northwest Dental Group at 507-315-2932 to book a consultation for Invisalign today!
Dr. Katie Post, the rest of our dentists, and our professional team offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services at both of our Rochester, MN dentist offices for your convenience. We can even combine Invisalign with other cosmetic treatments so you can fix every aspect of your smile that you are not satisfied with using a customized smile makeover!
Depending on your current situation and smile goals, we can provide Invisalign for both teenagers and adults alike. So long as your adult teeth have come in and your jawbone is fully developed, we can probably use Invisalign to straighten teeth in a way that also fits your lifestyle preferences.
We even offer Invisalign Teen, which is specifically designed for younger patients. Like any other Invisalign treatment, Invisalign Teen uses clear aligners, but they also include indicators that gradually fade with use to help patients remember when to shift from one set of aligners to the next. If your teenager loses their aligners, we can also give you several free replacements.
Enjoy A Balanced Diet And Occasional Treats With Invisalign
Our patients love straightening their teeth with Invisalign for an array of reasons, but one very big perk of this innovative orthodontic treatment is the freedom it provides in your dietary choices.
If you’ve never had braces or talked with someone who has about the limitations the metal wires and brackets place on what you can eat, suffice it to say your meal choices will change dramatically. But with Invisalign, you can remove your aligners so you can eat whatever you like! Here are some foods you can chew with Invisalign that would cause problems with braces:
- Bagels, pizza crusts, and other chewy bread products
- Chips and nuts
- Caramels, gum, taffy, and other sticky candies
- Hard candies like suckers and jawbreakers
In addition to some of the candies mentioned above, sugary and/or sour candies can also pose a threat to your smile when you have braces because both sugar and acid can lead to tooth decay. With braces, it can be very difficult to clean your teeth properly and get rid of these contributors to tooth decay. The longer they stay on your teeth, the more your smile is at risk.
In many cases, patients with braces are confronted with a new problem when their braces are finally removed – stains.
But with Invisalign, you’ll be able to take out your aligners to chew candies and other foods thoroughly. You’ll also be able to perform normal oral hygiene tasks like brushing and flossing. With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry nearly as much about food particles hiding as you would with braces and you’ll be able to clean your mouth more thoroughly.
So long as you wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day, your teeth straightening treatment should go off without a hitch.
Now you may be thinking, “Wait, I can leave my aligners out for up to four hours a day? Does that mean I can take them out for special occasions too?” Absolutely! Invisalign is very discreet when worn, but if you want to be extra sure no one will notice them, you can take your aligners out for special occasions. Here are some of the other benefits of Invisalign:
- You will not have to visit the dentist nearly as often as you would to have braces adjusted, so you’ll save time
- Because they are made of smooth plastic and fitted precisely to your teeth, your aligners will be very comfortable
- Because we use an Invisalign Outcome Simulator, you’ll get a good idea of how long your treatment will last and will be able to preview what your smile will look like
If you’re interested in this cosmetic treatment, you can trust your experience will go smoothly at Northwest Dental Group because we work with at least 50 Invisalign patients a year as an Invisalign Premier Provider.
Get a straight-toothed smile worthy of the red carpet without having to change your diet by calling Northwest Dental Group at 507-315-2932 for an Invisalign consultation. You can also stop by one of our two easy-to-find Rochester, MN dentist offices in person or use our online form to schedule or ask questions.