One of the most attractive features of correcting your bite issues with Invisalign in Windermere is that they provide a clear and discreet treatment process. But to keep your aligners clean, it’s important to only consume clear fluids. In hopes of finding more variety, though, you’re wondering, “Is it okay to drink sparkling water?” Read to find out what a professional has to say.
How is Sparkling Water Made?
In considering the possibility of drinking sparkling water (also known as club soda, soda water or seltzer water) while wearing Invisalign clear aligners, the first step is to gain an understanding of how it’s made.
The process starts by first chilling water to 46 degrees (Fahrenheit) and then adding sodium bicarbonate and carbon dioxide. The end result is a bubbly form of water that contains acidic properties.
Is It Okay to Drink Sparkling Water with Invisalign?
When it comes to stain-prevention, sparkling water is generally considered to be an acceptable – but occasional – alternative to drinking water while wearing Invisalign clear aligners. Since the fluid is clear and doesn’t contain any sugar, it shouldn’t cause any staining or discoloration.
The Effect of Carbonation on Your Enamel
It’s important to drink sparkling water within moderation because staining isn’t the only concern. While undergoing treatment with Invisalign, your oral health is still of the utmost importance. Thus, it’s best to remain mindful of the long-term effects of any habits.
Because the carbonation-effect makes sparkling water acidic, it can cause damage to your enamel (the outer surface of your teeth) over time if you consume too much. Although it is comprised of the hardest material in your body, your teeth are still susceptible to being damaged.
One of the main contributors to enamel wear is acid, which is the same corrosive component of bacteria and plaque. Thus, if your teeth are exposed to higher amounts, your oral health can eventually be compromised.
What Happens When Enamel Wears
The enamel is the protective barrier that prevents bacteria and other particles from gaining access to the inner area where the majority of the tooth’s nerves and canals are housed. Unfortunately, when the enamel is worn, it can’t be regenerated. Thus, it’s vital to your oral health to be cautious about the activities you participate in.
Along with being careful about what you consume while wearing your clear aligners, you should be sure to practice excellent oral hygiene and clean them properly whenever you remove them. By taking the right steps on a consistent basis, you’ll be able to achieve a healthy and pleasing smile with Invisalign.
About the Author
Dr. Matthew McKissock earned his DMD degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He has since gone on to receive extensive training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and the Pankey Institute. Dr. McKissock combines his years of experience and a continued commitment to excellence to provide his patients with the best in orthodontic care at Windermere Dentistry. For more information, you can contact him through his website.