Can I Drink Coke or Pepsi with Invisalign Aligners In?

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. It involves clear aligners that are virtually invisible to the naked eye and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Many patients appreciate Invisalign because it allows them to achieve healthy teeth in a comfortable and discreet way.

Some Invisalign patients are avid Coke or Pepsi drinkers. These patients often wonder whether they can drink these beverages with their Invisalign aligners still in. Most orthodontists highly discourage this as drinking Coke and Pepsi products with aligners in the mouth can lead to stains and make the aligners more noticeable.

If they chose Invisalign because they don’t want many people to know they are undergoing orthodontic treatment, drinking Coke or Pepsi with aligners doesn’t make any sense. While they can drink these beverages when they take their aligners out, they should be consumed in moderation as they can also stain the teeth. Pepsi and Coke also contain significant amounts of sugar, which may lead to cavities. If you must drink Coke or Pepsi while undergoing Invisalign, take out your aligners and use a straw. Remember that those seeking to be as healthy as possible, it is smart to avoid carbonated and sugary beverages.

The ideal beverage for patients with Invisalign is water. In addition to keeping them hydrated, it is clear, sugarless, and won’t cause cavities or stain aligners or teeth. Patients who believe traditional water is boring or tastes bland can try to spruce it up by adding lemon, berries, or other fresh fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Just like traditional metal braces, the length of an Invisalign treatment depends on a patient’s unique situation. In most cases, however, Invisalign treatment is completed in approximately one year.

How common is Invisalign?
Since its debut in 1997, Invisalign has become the preferred way for teens and adults to straighten their teeth. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible to the naked eye and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Over a million people across the world have undergone Invisalign treatment.

How often will I have to wear my aligners?
Although Invisalign aligners are removable, they must be worn for at least 22 hours a day to work their magic. If they are taken out for more than 2 hours a day, the treatment time may take much longer.

What is the ideal way to clean Invisalign aligners?
The ideal way to clean Invisalign aligners is to use the Invisalign cleaning kit. Patients can also brush them gently with a soft bristled toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water. Aligners should be cleaned before they return to a patient’s mouth.

Will a retainer be necessary after Invisalign?
Yes. Patients who would like to keep their teeth straight will be required to wear a retainer after Invisalign. Generally, the retainer will need to be worn at all times at first and eventually only at night.

Does Invisalign hurt?
While Invisalign is painless, some patients may experience a bit of discomfort as their teeth shift throughout the treatment process. This discomfort usually goes away quickly as soon as their mouths get used to the aligners. Patients should know that temporary, minimal pain is perfectly normal and is actually a good thing as it indicates the treatment is working.

If you have further questions on drinking Coke or Pepsi with Invisalign aligners in, contact RVOrthodontics today!

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