Can You Eat While Wearing Invisalign?

Written by: Brandon Bloice



Time to read 2 min

What we will discuss:

  • The affect food and drink have on your Invisalign
  • How to prevent damage and staining to your Invisalign trays
  • 3 Steps to keep your teeth clean with Invisalign

Food gets stuck between your Invisalign trays

When you eat food with Invisalign, food can get stuck between the aligners and your teeth. This becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause unwanted cavities and bad breath.

Tea, coffee, and wine can stain your clear aligners

Drinking coloured substances such as tea, coffee, and wine will stain your Invisalign trays and is not advised. The staining becomes noticeable and can make your teeth look yellow. Also, clear aligners are made from thermoplastic, which is affected by heat and can warp your trays.

Stained Invisalign trays

Chewing food damages your trays

When chewing food while wearing your clear aligners,  food can dent and damage your trays. This can affect the alignment process as the shape of the aligners is essential for the correct movement of your teeth. Damaged trays cause added discomfort and unwanted movement which will delay the movement of your teeth and extend your treatment.

The correct way to eat with Invisalign

Remove clear aligners before you eat

We recommend that you always remove Invisalign before you eat. Your tooth alignment is your priority, and you wouldn't want anything to compromise your treatment. One of the best advantages of Invisalign is that they’re removable. You can enjoy any food you like; just make sure your trays are out!

Rinse your mouth after eating

Rinsing your mouth after eating will help keep your clear aligners in good condition. Rinsing also helps to limit the amount of food and bacteria on your teeth and prevent cavities. It might be a hassle, but it will benefit your teeth and keep your treatment on track.

Use StarMintz to freshen your breath after eating

Invisalign recommends that you do not eat chewing gum with your trays in. We found that a lot of people are conscious of their breath after eating with Invisalign as clear aligners can hold the odour of food and cause bad breath. StarMintz are the UK’s first aligner mint that seats your aligners while freshening your breath. StarMintz have been thoughtfully designed to seat your aligners into the correct position. Other benefits include:

  • Sugar free
  • Xylitol helps to prevent cavities
  • Aligner safe - Compatible with all clear aligners
  • Stops dry mouth - encourages the production of saliva
  • Relief for aligner discomfort - Increases blood flow

Drink water only!

Water should be the only beverage you consume with your Invisalign trays in. This doesn't mean that you can only drink water through the Invisalign course, just when your clear aligners are in. Plus, think about the health benefits.

Invisalign user drinking water


We do not recommend eating when wearing Invisalign. Removing your trays to eat may be an inconvenience, but it's definitely for your own benefit. Just think about the end result and getting the best value for your treatment. Follow these easy steps to keep your teeth clean and maximise your results.

  1. Remove your Invisalign trays before eating
  2. Rinse your mouth before re-inserting your Invisalign trays
  3. Use StarMintz after putting your trays in to seat your aligners and freshen your breath

Stick to these steps, and you will have your dream smile in no time!

Brandon Bloice

With a passion for oral health and enhancing your clear aligner experience, I'm dedicated to bringing you the perfect mints to keep your journey comfortable and confident.