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Wine and Dine With Invisalign: 4 Useful Tips for Eating Out With Invisalign

Invisalign is the ideal orthodontic approach for someone who enjoys eating out with friends or going out on dates. The aligners are almost invisible to the naked eye, which allows you to smile without feeling self-conscious — and this is important when engaging with others. And, perhaps the biggest advantage of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners whenever you like.

As such, it's easy to see why Invisalign is ideal for extroverts who enjoy going out with friends. But, while out wining and dining with friends and dates, be vigilant when it comes to caring for your aligners. Certain foods and drinks can damage or stain your aligners and even your teeth.

Thus, next time you go out with your Invisalign aligner in, use the following tips to keep your aligner — and your teeth — safe.

1. Remove Your Aligners While Drinking Alcohol

Take your aligner case with you whenever you expect to drink alcohol on an evening out. Even milder alcoholic drinks like beer are acidic. And wine is very acidic, so bear this in mind when enjoying a bottle with your date. If you drink alcohol without taking your aligner out, some of that alcohol might seep into the space between your aligner and teeth and cause enamel erosion. To avoid that, take your aligners out and store them in your case while drinking alcohol.

2. Stay Hydrated When Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol contains sugar. Oral bacteria love to feast on sugar. And the drier your mouth is, the easier it is for bacteria to thrive. When you put your aligners in after drinking alcohol, your teeth might be teeming with tooth decay–causing bacteria. If they are then protected by your aligner, they can wreak havoc on your teeth. Because of that, drink plenty of water while consuming alcohol. Your saliva washes bacteria away and kills many of the remaining bacteria still lingering on your teeth.

3. Rinse Your Aligners If You Forget to Remove Them

If, while drinking, you realize that you have forgotten to remove your aligners, make sure you take it out and rinse it before you head back home. This will remove acidic residue from them.

4. Rinse Your Mouth and Aligners After Sugary Foods

It's always fun to try new cuisines and desserts while dining out. But many foods and desserts contain a large amount of sugar. Just as with the acidic content of alcohol, the sugary residue can seep under your aligners as you eat. And once inside your aligners and trapped against your teeth, bacteria will devour that sugar and secrete acids onto your teeth, leading to enamel erosion.

Be aware whenever you eat something high in sugar. Be sure to rinse both your mouth and your aligners afterward.  

If you enjoy eating out regularly, the above tips can help you to avoid damaging your teeth and aligners.

To learn more, contact a dentist that offers Invisalign braces services.