Do You Lose Weight With Invisalign?

Who knew Invisalign and orthodontics with braces could do so much for you… We knew. It’s literally our job. Even though it’s not the main purpose of orthodontic treatment, you might experience some weight loss as a side effect of wearing Invisalign clear aligners or your conventional braces.

Whether you want to lose weight or not, you should keep in mind that body weight loss is a potential side effect of your orthodontic treatment. We want to share some of the reasons with our readers and tell you why we like Invisalign so much.

Let’s take a look at why some patients lose weight during their treatment with Invisalign, what that might mean for you, and how your treatment can benefit you beyond a beautiful and healthy smile.

Does Invisalign Make You Lose Weight

Yes, you can lose weight with Invisalign. Do you lose weight with braces? Yes, you can lose weight during your orthodontic treatment, though not because of the reason you might have it in your head.

Ok, so a bit of a caveat here. There’s no such thing as a miraculous Invisalign diet that makes you lose all the excess weight you gained back during your holidays. There is, however, an indirect relationship between your orthodontic treatment and how your body weight varies.

This is in no way a recommendation to wear Invisalign clear aligner trays or conventional metal braces if you want to lose weight, nor is it an observation that you should even pursue body weight goals. What we want to do here is explain that we’ve observed a relationship between one phenomenon and orthodontic treatment.

The main reason why some patients might lose weight is that their orthodontic treatment demands changes in dietary habits.

Take a look at Invisalign users. According to the official Invisalign FAQ, patients should wear their retainer trays for 20 to 22 hours every day if they want to maintain treatment efficiency.

That doesn’t leave too much time available for meals and brushing your teeth, meaning you’ll have to plan your meals and oral hygiene routine much more thoroughly.

Likewise, patients wearing traditional metal braces have several limitations regarding their dietary choices, effectively minimizing their intake of processed foods and fast food that could damage their braces or increase the risk of tooth decay.

If you are getting treatment with the best orthodontist Darien neighbors can get, you’ll have to change your dietary habits, and your body weight will change accordingly.

What Can You Eat With Invisalign?

Fortunately, patients who use Invisalign won’t have to limit themselves too much when it comes to dietary choices. Unlike patients with traditional metal braces or clear ceramic braces, those wearing clear aligners can remove their trays and eat whatever they prefer.

You won’t have to renounce popcorn or hard taco shells, nor will you have to cast aside some fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be a pain to clean off your brackets and wires.

Invisalign clear aligners don’t limit your dietary choices beyond a few things that can damage the aligners. Please, stay away from dark beverages or really hot liquids, such as just-made soups that could stain or warp your aligners.

Please remember to take off your aligner trays during mealtimes and clean your teeth right after you’re done to minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

The Additional Benefits of Invisalign weight loss

It’s not just about losing weight with Invisalign. We want you to know about a couple of other benefits of wearing your clear aligners diligently.

Removable Trays

How can you not love this one? It’s something that helps all patients maintain good oral hygiene. During your mealtimes, you can just take off the trays and chomp on your favorite foods and drinks.

Adults and teenagers will both like that you can avoid the pesky buildup of plaque and leftover food debris around your brackets because you will have none. When you have to brush your teeth and use dental floss (please don’t forget to use dental floss), you can also take out your aligners and proceed as you always have.

Still, a word of caution. Even though you can remove your trays doesn’t mean you should do so every time you feel like it. Keep in mind our recommendation from before and wear your aligners anywhere from 20 to 22 hours every day.

Clear and Almost Invisible

Your aligners use a non-BPA plastic material that’s almost invisible to the naked eye when you wear your trays. Even if you smile and show off your teeth, onlookers will have a hard time distinguishing the trays, meaning you won’t attract any unwanted attention from prying eyes.

Teenagers and adults hoping to go unnoticed during their treatment will be glad to know this discreet solution is perfect for them. Get your Invisalign aligners to achieve your dream smile!

Talk to Your Darien Orthodontist

The board-certified orthodontists of Westwalk Orthodontic Group want you to know you’ll be in good hands when you come to our office for your treatment. Set an appointment with our team to learn more about your treatment options, benefits, and challenges.

We hope to see you soon!