Confused about what you’re allowed to drink with Invisalign?

Sometimes you need a strong coffee to wake you up in the morning, or a small tipple on a Friday after a hard week at work. But you don’t want to do is compromise your Invisalign treatment because of it.

In this article, we’ll look at what you can drink with Invisalign and what you can’t.

Can I drink alcohol with Invisalign?

red wine and invisalign

Often the biggest concern!

There are a few potential issues with alcohol and Invisalign treatment, but if you plan well you will be alright to enjoy your Friday night drinks.

Firstly, alcohol can stain Invisalign aligners. Red wine is the main culprit for this. You’re best to choose clear spirits (like gin or vodka) or white wine which don’t leave marks behind. If you can’t help yourself with the red, then have a glass of water nearby to sip afterwards.

Secondly, be careful with sugary drinks. Cider and alcopops can cause dental decay without Invisalign aligners in. Now imagine trapping that sugar under the aligner for 5-6 hours while you’re on a night out.

Lastly, do not remove your aligners for your night out. They need to be worn for 22 hours per day or your teeth won’t move. If you remove them for a night out per week you’re only increasing the amount of time treatment will take.

If you’re a red wine fiend and can’t help yourself then buy some Retainer Brite and wash your Invisalign aligners in this to help keep them looking fresh.

Can I drink fizzy pop with Invisalign?

There are two potential issues with drinking fizzy drinks during Invisalign treatment.

Firstly, sugar can cause decay.

Secondly, the acidity of the drinks increases the chance of erosion.

The risk of drinking carbonated drinks with Invisalign is the liquid can get trapped under the aligners and cause the above issues.

To overcome this, drink sodas with a straw and the badness will bypass your teeth. Having a rinse with water or mouthwash afterwards will help remove the damaging sugar.

Drink diet soda will reduce the risk of decay but not erosion. You want to limit the time the drink touches your teeth, so if possible only consume them with meals and not between them. Don’t sip the drink over a prolonged period of time as the longer you drink it for the higher the risk of causing decay and erosion.

Can I drink tea and coffee with Invisalign?

photo of coffee

You can, but be careful with the temperature.

If you like drinking our coffee at temperatures close the earth’s core you’ll warp them. They’re made out of a robust plastic but they’re not invincible. Let your drink cool down to ‘warm’ and the Invisalign aligners will be fine.

The other thing to note is that if you’re guzzling a lot of black coffee per day the aligners can stain. To remove stains from Invisalign aligners I would recommend Retainer Brite.

And worst of all if you’re drinking your brews with sugar, you’re putting yourself at higher risk of decay as the sugar will stick under the aligners, just as you would with fizzy drinks.

Can I drink water with Invisalign?

Yes, you can.

As long as the water is cold to warm in temperature. Do not drink hot water as it can warp and bend your aligners. You’ll be charged for new ones.

Can I drink through a straw with Invisalign?

You can indeed.

In fact, if you’re going to drink liquids which may stain the aligners this may be a good idea. The liquid will bypass the aligners and go straight down your throat so is less likely to stain them.


Your life doesn’t have to change because of Invisalign treatment. You just need to adapt your drinking habits slightly to accommodate the aligners and you’ll have beautifully straight teeth in no time.


Dr Gareth Edwards Dentist AuthorDr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg) qualified from dental school with honours. Working in the Bournemouth & Poole area, he has a particular interest in orthodontics and is a certified Invisalign and Six Month Smiles provider. For more information click here.


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