Can you smoke with Invisalign? We’ll look at the facts, which indicate smoking or vaping is best avoided with Invisalign.
Technically, you could take your Invisalign aligners for smoke breaks. However, this all by itself can be problematic. Let’s look at why this is so.
Can You Smoke with Invisalign?
Let’s say you are a long-term smoker and don’t want to quit. If so, you could try taking out the aligners while you smoke. However, to be successful with Invisalign, you must wear the aligners for 22 hours or more each day.
Therefore, there’s just enough time to take breaks to enjoy meals, drinks, brushing your teeth, and cleaning your aligners. Having this freedom to eat your favorite foods during treatment is one of the best parts of Invisalign. However, there’s no time for additional breaks during the day.
Each break takes time and adds up, which means you may not be wearing your aligners for 22 hours. In such cases, treatment is delayed, and you may not get the results you would otherwise.
If you decide to smoke with Invisalign, try to limit the number to only one or two cigarettes a day if possible. Before smoking, take out your aligners. Then, be sure to rinse, brush, and floss your teeth thoroughly before putting your aligners back in place.
What the American Association of Orthodontists Says
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, smoking and vaping can cause irreversible damage to oral health in general.
Even smokeless tobacco may pose a higher risk for orthodontic treatment.
Unfortunately, E-cigarettes also contain nicotine, which can promote gum inflammation and disease, tooth sensitivity, and cavities. Also, nicotine acts like a muscle stimulant, which can cause or worsen the habit of grinding your teeth (bruxism), which damages tooth enamel over time. Additionally, the literature suggests nicotine reduces blood flow. In some cases, smoking can lead to losing teeth.
Worse, vaping or smoking can lead to dry mouth, bad breath, and discolored teeth. Further, it may sometimes lead to oral cancer. And, smoking may increase blood pressure and the risk for lung and heart disease.
Invisalign Works Best With Healthy Teeth and Gums
For Invisalign to work, it first requires healthy teeth and gums. If oral health is not optimal, a dental professional must address underlying issues before Invisalign can begin.
Furthermore, the damage that smoking tends to do to teeth and gums means your teeth will move slower with Invisalign. Unfortunately, this is due to weakened tissue surrounding your teeth and gums.
Moreover, after treatment, there is a higher risk of relapse, where teeth begin to shift back to their old positions. But, there’s also a cosmetic concern of smoking with Invisalign.
If You Smoke with Invisalign
In addition to contributing to oral health issues, if you smoke with Invisalign it can discolor your aligners. Even if you take them out for breaks, the residue from smoking tends to remain in the mouth, and the result can be yellowish aligners. Then, you may not enjoy the benefit of having discreet aligners.
Always, we want you to have your dream smile and begin showing off beautiful, healthy results after your treatment. Therefore, we encourage everyone to quit smoking altogether or limit the habit as much as possible. Before beginning treatment, Dr. Messer will evaluate your oral health and discuss any concerns with you.
Today, you can get started and learn more from home with a free Invisalign assessment from Clearsmile.
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