Can You Eat With Invisalign?

Young girl smiling and holding Invisalign

One of the most popular reasons for choosing Invisalign is that they are removable.

This means that many of your favorite foods are still available.

However, there are still some new eating habits to develop and old ones to lose.

With this in mind, we have put together our list of advice to help you with the question, “Can you eat with Invisalign?”

No eating while wearing aligners.

With all the guidance, this is the number one rule to follow!

Your teeth are strong and designed for high-pressure activities.

In contrast, your Invisalign trays are not intended for this type of pressure and can be easily damaged.

Regardless of how small a snack is, it is a strict rule to avoid wearing your trays while eating.

Don’t chew gum.

Gum is a definite no-no when you’re wearing Invisalign.

While it may seem like an innocent thing, chewing gum will stick to your aligners and damage them by discoloring or scratching their surface.

Plan your meals.

You should schedule your meals based on how long Invisalign needs to be worn each day. It is important to keep an eye on your minimum daily wear.

Minimize coffee intake.

Drinking coffee throughout the day may easily discolor your Invisalign aligners.

So, if your habit is to have coffee for breakfast followed by a steady flow during the day, you’ll need to rethink this practice.

Keep snacking to a minimum.

With Invisalign, removing your trays while eating and brushing your teeth after each snack or meal is necessary.

Wearing Invisalign tends to reduce the amount of food or at least the number of times people snack.

Keep your brushing routine.

It is simple to keep brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day when using Invisalign. However, it is crucial to brush your teeth in the intervals between removing and replacing the aligners.

Get in the habit of brushing your teeth after every meal, or rinse them thoroughly with water.

Food I can eat after getting Invisalign.

Here are some suitable foods to put on the menu:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Soups
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Grains
  • Seafood
  • Soft fruits
  • Soft cheeses
  • Cooked or soft vegetables
  • Moist desserts
  • Pasta
  • Water

Foods to avoid.

Here are some foods you might want to avoid, especially after getting your aligners for the first time:

  • Ice cream
  • Thick rolls or bread
  • Thicker cuts of meats
  • Spicy foods
  • Citrus foods

Most importantly, remember not to eat while wearing your Invisalign.

Final reminders.

The list of acceptable foods above is not exhaustive, but the idea is to stay with softer, more healthy foods.

Because it is recommended to wear your Invisalign for 20 hours each day, meal planning is important for success. Try to be more aware of when you will eat to ensure the required time for your Invisalign.

  • Remove your Invisalign before you eat, as food could damage the trays.
  • Water is the only thing that can be consumed while wearing your Invisalign that won’t damage or stain trays.
  • Think twice before you snack. You will need to clean your teeth again regardless of how recently you brushed.
  • Be prepared to brush more frequently.
  • Some people find it convenient to keep a travel brush with them.
  • Try to soak your trays for around 30 minutes each day.
  • Try to stick to the allotted minimum of 20 hours.

Invisalign provides more convenience for straightening teeth than traditional options. And while you may eat some of your favorite foods, there are other concerns and practices to ensure success.

To protect your aligners from becoming damaged or discolored, your dentist can guide you through the details of what you should and shouldn’t do while wearing Invisalign.

Ultimately, you will have a beautifully aligned smile and the confidence to flash it with Big Boca Smiles.


Our office is located in Boca Raton, FL. We happily welcome patients from the neighboring communities, including Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, and Boynton Beach, FL.

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