Can You Drink Coffee with a Straw with Invisalign?
If you wear Invisalign, you may have heard advice telling you to avoid drinks with a straw, such as coffee. Drinking coffee with a straw while wearing Invisalign could damage your aligners and compromise the success of your treatment. Therefore, it is best to avoid drinking coffee with a straw if you wear Invisalign.
Reasons You Should Avoid Coffee with a Straw
There are several reasons why drinking coffee with a straw is not advised if you wear Invisalign:
- Straws can create pressure on your aligners
- Straws can cause prolonged contact of hot liquids with your aligners and may potentially compromise their shape
- Straws can cause Invisalign to move out of position with the suction created while drinking
Tips to Enjoy Coffee without a Straw
If you are still determined to enjoy your favorite hot beverage while wearing Invisalign, there are a few tips that can help:
- Tilt your head back when drinking to reduce pressure against your Invisalign
- Allow the drink to cool down before drinking
- Drink through a wide-mouthed cup rather than a narrow-mouthed one
In the end, the best way to prevent damage to your Invisalign is to avoid drinking coffee with a straw all together. Taking the time to enjoy your favorite hot drinks without a straw can help you make the most of your Invisalign treatment.