How to Eat Mindfully With makeO toothsi Aligners?

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If you have taken the plunge and gotten yourselves a personalised set of aligners, then congratulations! You have taken the most important step to getting a bright and perfect smile. Now, it may take some time for you to adjust to this new normal! And one of the biggest adjustments you will have to make is eating with aligners.

It can be confusing to think about what to do and what not to do when it comes to food habits with aligners but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Follow this guide to eating with aligners and you will have a seamless and worry-free experience!

Eating with Aligners

If you are wearing clear aligners for the first time, then certain eating tips will help ease you into the habit of wearing clear aligners. Read along as we share with you some easy-to-follow tips that will make sure that you adjust to your new set of clear aligners just fine.

10 tips that will help you eat mindfully while you wear your clear aligners.

1. Eat your heart out

Wondering what you can eat with aligners? If you are a foodie at heart, good news! Eat or drink whatever you want. But remove the aligners before digging in. Yes, that’s right, there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to eating with aligners. You can have anything you like as long as you are eating after removing your aligners and storing them safely in their case.

2. Time your meals

It is essential to wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day every day to see visible results. Yes, this means even wearing them while you sleep! Hence, start by figuring out your eating patterns and timings. Once you figure this out, you can meet the required duration and also enjoy your meals at your own pace.

3. Don't chew with your aligners

As mentioned earlier, you must remove your aligners before you begin a meal. That’s because chewing with aligners on can not only deform or break the aligners, but can also cause discomfort and injury. Once deformed, your aligners will become ineffective at smile correction, making them redundant. Hence make sure to never chew with your aligners on!

4. Keep your aligners stain-free

You may think that drinking a few beverages with your aligners on can’t possibly hurt, right? Wrong. Coloured beverages or deeply pigmented foods can leave behind stains on your clear aligners, making them look unclean and unpleasant. Many times, stains can even cause germs and bacterial infestations. So make sure to keep your aligners stain-free at all times.

5. Drink responsibly

When you have your aligners on, drink water. That’s it. No soda, colas, coffee, tea, or wine. Not even fruit juices. This is because all of these beverages contain colouring agents or excessive sugars which can be bad for your aligners. So, enjoy these beverages, only when the aligners are off. And make sure to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth afterwards so that your aligners sit on clean, stain-free teeth.

6. Brush after every meal

You don’t want any food particles to stay between your teeth and the aligners. It will lead to plaque (that yellow fungus thing between your teeth) or worse, cavities and other oral infections. So, always ensure that you brush, floss and use a mouthwash to ensure that your teeth are free from all food particles and only then proceed with wearing your aligners.

7. Start carrying a toothbrush

Since you will have to brush after your lunch and evening snack you might be brushing more than 3 times a day, so we recommend you carry a toothbrush with you everywhere. This will make life simpler for you as you will never have to hold yourself back from eating and you can always brush your teeth and put your aligners back on once done! We recommend, toothsi electro, our advanced electric toothbrush for you.

8. Goodbye chewing gum

Chewing gum can stick to your aligners. And then it’s difficult to remove it. Plus, you’ll have to call for a new set of aligners. And if you feel the need to chew gum, make sure to remove your aligners and do it to keep your aligners protected.

9. Don’t keep your aligners on tissue papers

You might think that tissue papers are a convenient way of storing your aligners but you are wrong. Wrapping your aligners in tissues is unhygienic, and dangerous. Germs from your tissue can enter your aligners and since tissues provide no real protection, it can be very easy for your aligners to get damaged. So always keep your aligners stored in their assigned case or aligner care box.

10. Ignore others

Not many people care about their smiles. You do. So, if that means you have to change your eating habits or take some extra care, it’s worth it. Don’t fall for peer pressure or wonder what others will think.

Bon appetit! Please don’t stop enjoying your meals. makeO toothsi aligners will never come in between you and that delicious caramel custard. After a week or two of practising these tricks, it will be all fine. Promise!

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Can you eat with aligners on?

Yes, you may be able to eat with your clear aligners on but you must never do so. Dentists and orthodontists recommend people remove their clear aligners while eating their meals or even snacking.

Do you get damaged if you eat while they are still in your mouth?

Your clear aligners are sturdy but they are not designed to withstand the pressure of chewing. So, as a precautionary step, it is recommended that you remove them before eating to avoid the risk of breaking or damaging them.

Are 20 hours enough for clear aligners?

Dentists or orthodontists recommend people wear their clear aligners for at least 22 hours for the best result.

Should you clean your clear aligners?

Yes, you must clean your clear aligners every time you take them out of your mouth to ensure that you get rid of the bacteria on them.

Should you remove your clear aligners while drinking coffee?

Yes, we recommend that unless you are drinking water, you must remove your clear aligners while drinking beverages. This step will prevent the discolouration of your clear aligners and will keep them clean and pearly white.

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