Invisalign to Correct Crowding and Turning Teeth in Front

I just started - first week - and did it to...

I just started - first week - and did it to correct crowding/turning teeth in front. Very little discomfort so far but too early to tell.

Other than water, is there anything you can eat/drink while wearing the aligners - such as sugar free clear soda or a glass of white wine?

Last fall (2010), I started wearing a retainer at...

Last fall (2010), I started wearing a retainer at night and am now using it every other night. The goal is to use it just once a week or so eventually. I'm generally pleased with the results although I thought my teeth would be a bit straighter. I do recommend the procedure though - pretty painless though expensive.
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The doctor is a specialist and trained in Invisalign. Recommended by my regular dentist. As an update - the dentist I used is used to much younger patients and his staff is all young. They didn't seem that comfortable with an older adult. I felt rushed and even when the dentist answered my questions, I felt like he was trying to escape too quickly. They were supposed to call me to schedule a follow up appointment but never did.

3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
3 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Thanks for the update!

Glad to hear things are going well with your retainers and that you will eventually get to decrease the amount of time you wear them.

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Most of the time I only drink water with my aligners in. I can't drink tea in the daytime anymore because anything above your mouth temperature could alter the aligner's shape. And obviously the sugar thing is a big deal. When I'm out drinking for more than a couple of hours there isn't much I can do alcohol wise since I don't want to keep the aligners out the whole evening or the teeth move again. I leave my aligners in and brush my teeth and the aligners the second I'm finished drinking. Using a straw too should minimise contact with the teeth.
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Water, water, water. Anything else can harm your teeth, stain your aligners, etc. I know, it's a pain, but so worth it!
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Technically, the only thing you can drink is water. Even diet soda will have acids that will wear away at your teeth. They stress the water only thing a lot. I am following that advice.
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