While the “Invisalign diet” hasn’t hit mainstream lifestyle blogs and health magazines yet, a growing number of patients are reporting that undergoing Invisalign treatments has led to weight loss. Patients are reporting several pounds to as much as 10 or 15 pounds of weight loss as a result of the orthodontic treatment. Few people would see this as a negative side effect, of course.
The main benefit of orthodontic treatments remains the drastic cosmetic results. If you are dissatisfied with the alignment of your teeth, Dr. John McDonald offers safe and effective Invisalign treatments for patients who live in and around Salem, OR. While we do not promise weight loss results, our patients trust our office to deliver life-changing cosmetic results.
How Can Invisalign Lead to Weight Loss?
George Embiricos, the food writer for the Food Republic, described his weight loss experience.
“For those of you that are driven almost entirely by numbers, I’ve lost close to 15 pounds in the past two months — and I have yet to notice any cravings or increases in appetite. Simply put, the Invisalign diet is the most effective ‘diet’ I’ve ever been on, and I’ve spent my fair share of time following stringent nutritional guidelines.”
He went on to hypothesize about what could have led to his weight loss. One factor, he noted, is the 22-hour compliance rule. Invisalign requires patients to wear their clear aligners for 22 hours per day. This rule allows two hours for oral hygiene, eating, taking photos, or other activities that require the removal of the clear aligners. While wearing the trays, eating is simply not possible, meaning patients have to plan their meals more carefully.
Anyone who has undergone Invisalign treatment understands that removing the trays is easy, but it is typically done in privacy. If there is a tempting cookie in the office break room, for example, pulling the tightly bound clear aligners off to enjoy that sweet treat may not be worth it. Even if you do partake, we would highly advise you not to slip the clear aligners over the doughy mess left on your teeth after indulging.
Dr. John recommends that patients brush their teeth after meals to prevent food particles from remaining on their teeth all day, which can cause cavities.
If nothing else, wearing Invisalign causes patients to pause and think before eating. From a nutritional point of view, this is a good thing.
Is Invisalign Really Better Than Braces?
When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligner trays offer important advantages to patients of all ages. Unlike conventional braces, these aligner trays allow the patient a higher degree of freedom in day-to-day activities, such as mealtimes, brushing their teeth, using dental floss, and more, while being perfectly capable of correcting a variety of orthodontic issues.
Let’s take a closer look at two points that make teenagers and adults choose this system over conventional braces.
Invisalign Trays Are Removable
People really love this one. A major concern among adults who have to go to the office and teenagers in school is that orthodontic appliances are always on and will slowly build up food waste around the brackets. First of all, you should know that good oral hygiene can prevent all those negative outcomes even if you have to use conventional braces; still, the removable clear aligner trays are great.
You can pop off the aligners during mealtimes. Besides, you should be taking them off to brush your teeth thoroughly and frequently to avoid all the negative effects of tooth decay and gum disease associated with poor oral hygiene.
We’re not saying you should, but technically, you could also remove your aligners for your selfies and Insta reels. Please keep in mind you should still keep your aligners on as much as possible. The official Invisalign FAQ reminds patients they should wear their aligners anywhere from 20 to 22 hours per day every day to maximize their treatment efficiency.
Clear Aligners Are Almost Invisible
Unlike traditional braces that rely on stainless steel, Invisalign uses a non-BPA plastic material that is transparent and near invisible to the naked eye. Teenagers and adults will both appreciate a treatment that is far more discreet than conventional braces, as it makes orthodontics blend well with their daily routines and avoids catching the looks of prying eyes.
Please keep in mind that you could still stain your aligners with dark beverages, so be mindful of your dietary habits and choice of foods and drinks to make the most out of your new set of invisible braces or clear aligners to get straighter teeth and look as good as possible in the meantime.
Additional Benefits of Invisalign
A growing number of patients are sharing their weight-loss stories through blogs and online articles. Beyond potential weight loss, patients who undergo Invisalign treatment can benefit from:
Breaking Bad Habits
Do you chew on ice or snack randomly? You’ll think twice about these habits once you are undergoing clear aligner treatment. The same steps that you take to protect your clear aligners will allow you to develop good habits for long-term oral health.
Reduced Jaw Pain
Poor teeth alignment (malocclusion) can lead to jaw pain. For some patients, malocclusion can even lead to TMJ disorder. After completing your orthodontic treatment, your straight teeth should deter occlusal-related jaw pain and TMJ disorder.
Our smiles are a strong determiner of how we view ourselves. Smiles convey confidence, and we are more likely to smile when we know that our teeth are straight and attractive.
Improved Oral Health
Patients have to be extra mindful of oral hygiene habits during Invisalign treatment. After treatment is complete, patients will have a renewed reason for maintaining their brighter smiles.
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How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The total Invisalign cost can range anywhere from $3,000 and $7,000. The cost of your treatment will change depending on various things, but you won’t have to worry about paying it all in a single payment. Make sure you contact our office to learn more.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
On average, your treatment with Invisalign might last around 12 months; however, some patients have made significant progress in as little as 6 months. It will all depend on what your treatment requirements and goals are.
What is The Average Weight Loss With Invisalign?
Well, we can’t say for sure that every patient who begins their treatment with clear aligners will experience weight loss with Invisalign. However, the requirements for a successful treatment make all patients think twice before indulging in any treats outside of their usual mealtimes, which can help patients lose several pounds throughout their entire orthodontic treatment.
How Does Invisalign Make You Lose Weight?
Invisalign weight loss occurs primarily because patients have to plan their mealtimes ahead and factor in the time they spend brushing their teeth afterward. Keep in mind every patient with Invisalign only has about 2 hours per day to remove their clear aligner trays, so every minute counts and some prefer not to waste time on quick bites.
Does Invisalign Help With Diet?
Unlike traditional metal braces, patients don’t have an array of foods that can damage their orthodontic appliances. There’s no standard Invisalign diet, but you can trust that wearing your clear aligners will make you choose your meals and food more wisely.
How Much Weight Do You Lose With Braces?
Patient reports vary wildly. Please keep in mind that weight loss is not the primary aim of orthodontic treatment and highly depends on various factors not always in control of the patient. While some personal accounts state they’ve lost over 20 pounds in a 3 to 4-month period, you should focus primarily on what orthodontics can deliver on: a beautiful, straight, and healthy smile.