During your Invisalign treatment here in Toronto, it’s true that you have a lot more freedom to eat what you please! However, that shouldn’t mean that you should eat desserts and carbonated drinks for days. While straightening your teeth, you should think about some healthy food and drinks to eat that can help strengthen your teeth during treatment, so that the result can be a sparkling, straighter smile.
Cheese and Other Dairy: Since we were little, we have always been told that dairy is good for your teeth and bones because of the calcium. This is still very true, but in addition, cheese is also good for plaque clearance. Chewing on cheese can reduce the chances of plaque sticking to your teeth.
Crunchy and Leafy Vegetables: Vegetables with lots of leaves contain lots of vitamins and minerals that are excellent for your oral health. With calcium and folic acid, they can reduce your risk for gum disease. It wouldn’t hurt to throw some spinach or lettuce on your next meal.
Green and Black Tea: Green and black teas have been found to contain chemical compounds called “polyphenols,” that keep plaque from forming.
Cranberries: Similar to tea, cranberries also contain polyphenols that prevent plaque from forming to the teeth, but do be aware that most cranberry products have a lot of sugar added to counteract the tartness of the fruit.
The following food items are alright to consume in moderation, but if consumed too much it could greatly damage your teeth:
Copious Amounts of Wine/Coffee/Soft Drinks: Wine, coffee, soda…these beloved drinks can do so much harm to your teeth if consumed in large amounts daily or weekly. They can cause stains and contain sugars that can eat away at your teeth when consumed by bacteria.
Candy: This may go without saying, but sticky, sugary, or chewy candy leaves sugary residue that’s scooped up by bacteria and turned into plaque and tartar.
Citrus Fruit: Citrus contains acids that can erode away at your enamel if you don’t clean your teeth after. While these fruits also contain much-needed vitamins, just take some swigs of water after consuming such fruit to get rid of most of the acids.
We’ll admit that eating whatever you want with Invisalign is quite appealing for our patients, and it’s just one of the great reasons that they choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces. Metal braces have always had rather restricting diets, as crunchy foods, sodas, and other textured foods can damage the brackets, wires, or the material that cements them in place. Invisalign aligners can be removed, allowing patients to indulge in these textured foods again.
It’s easier than you think to qualify for Invisalign, as there are very few dental issues that they can’t treat! No matter how bad you feel your teeth alignment may be, feel free to contact us at Christie Park Dental to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andre Hughes. Discover your candidacy for Invisalign and find out what this unique treatment can do for you.
Dr. Andre Hughes
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Toronto, ON M6G 1L6
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