It is possible to smoke while undergoing Invisalign treatment. You have to be very careful about it, and if you are a heavy smoker you may want to consider a different type of orthodontic treatment. If you are a light or social smoker it will be easier to manage smoking while undergoing Invisalign.
If you smoke but are interested in straightening your teeth through Invisalign, schedule your free initial consultation with Boston dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy by calling (781) 396-8558. Dr. Clancy can let you know if you are a good candidate for Invisalign or not.
How to Manage Invisalign Treatment While Smoking
One of the major benefits of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are removable. You should remove your trays whenever you eat or drink anything besides water. If you are a smoker, this is the best time to light up. Get your cigarette fix in during mealtimes, then brush your teeth before you put the Invisalign trays back in.
Smoking while wearing the Invisalign trays will inevitably lead to discoloration, which is not only unsightly while you’re wearing the aligners but can stain your teeth as well. Plus, if any tobacco gets into the tray, it can lead to tooth decay.
For best results with Invisalign:
- Keep your aligner trays in for at least 22 hours per day
- Clean your aligner trays frequently
- Don’t eat or drink with your trays in, except for water
- Brush and floss before putting your trays in, to avoid trapping bacteria that can cause tooth decay
- Don’t smoke while wearing your aligner trays
Are You A Candidate for Invisalign?
If you are a heavy smoker and you don’t think you can cut down or quit, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign. Smoking while wearing Invisalign aligner trays can lead to a host of problems with your teeth, and you don’t want to be taking your aligners off more than a few times a day for meals.
Invisalign trays need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day to be effective. You may think that taking them off and putting them back on again throughout the day isn’t a big deal, but it adds up and can interfere with the effectiveness of your treatment.
Dr. Clancy will discuss your smoking habits during your consultation to determine if it’s feasible for you to undergo Invisalign treatment. If he thinks that you are not a suitable candidate, he can help you find resources to help you quit smoking, or cut back to a point where your smoking won’t interfere too badly with treatment.