March 27th, 2017
Invisalign is designed to be discreet and easy to use. Since they are removable, they effectively minimise disruptions in your daily routine.
But is it possible for these clear aligners to still affect your daily tasks? For example, will these clear braces interfere with sport or with playing a musical instrument? Are there types of food you should avoid during treatment?
Musicians, as well as the parents of children who play wind or brass instruments, will often ask whether wearing Invisalign braces will interfere with their playing. While the presence of Invisalign braces may cause some initial difficulty, most patients can adjust their playing style to accommodate their new aligners. All it needs is a little practice, adjustment should not take too long.
It is important, however, to make sure that you do not damage the instrument or your Invisalign braces. If you are having trouble adjusting, it is possible to remove your aligners before playing your instrument, but you will have to make sure to pop them back in as soon as you've finished. For your Invisalign treatment to be effective, you need to wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours per day.
Invisalign does not interfere with sporting activities, though it is possible to lose or damage your aligners during full contact sports. Participation in a sport such as hockey, rugby, boxing or football can pose significant risks, so it is best to wear a special mouth guard during these activities. They help protect your teeth from cracking or chipping.
Unlike traditional wire braces, there is no recommended diet or food you need to avoid while you are wearing Invisalign braces. Patients who wear wire braces may need to limit themselves to soft food in the initial stages of their treatment, and typically have to avoid sticky foods that may get caught in the brackets.
Since Invisalign is removable and completely smooth, there is no need for any dietary changes. Just be sure to remove your aligners before eating and to brush your teeth thoroughly before replacing them.
Invisalign causes minimal disruption to your daily routine. It is a comfortable, hassle-free option for straightening your teeth.
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