12 Nov Do I have to take my Invisalign aligners out to eat?
Do I have to take my Invisalign aligners out to eat?
Yes, absolutely, it is a must.
Your Invisalign aligners are supposed to be worn for at least 22 hours a day, the remaining 2 hours left for the time when you eat or drink. If you are not wearing your aligners that long every day, the whole process of teeth straightening will be compromised. As Invisalign aligners are made of plastic, they are simply not strong enough to withstand chewing food; they would be damaged and break. Therefore, the only time when you should not wear your aligners is during the day when you eat or drink something (other than clear water).
The only thing you can bite on while wearing your aligners is called Invisalign Chewies. They are little soft plastic tubes which you can chew on to ensure proper fitting. The chewing motion on these little rolls will eliminate tiny air bubbles between your teeth and aligners and improves the fit and helps the teeth straightening process to be on track. The best time to use Chewies is before going to bed, especially when you move on to your next set of aligners.