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Benefits of Invisalign: Can you lose weight by wearing Invisalign?

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The search for an easier way to lose weight has forced more people to pay attention to the details in their lives and surroundings. Invisalign is a plastic aligner that is used to straighten the teeth, but it appears to be capable of more than just giving you a beautiful smile. Many patients have noticed that they actually lose weight while wearing Invisalign.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign offers dental patients an alternative to braces, wires and other traditional methods used to straighten the teeth. Invisalign is practically invisible and consists of plastic, removable aligners that are customized. There are no annoying wires or bands, and you do not have to suffer with metal braces. Instead, Invisalign offers a more attractive and simple way to straighten the teeth.

The aligners can slowly shift the position of your teeth to give a better smile. Many people prefer this method because the aligners are clear and almost impossible to see. In addition, unlike traditional braces, you can take out the aligners to brush your teeth. Furthermore, the lack of metal, wires, bands and other traditional materials means that you are less likely to be uncomfortable or have mouth irritation.

Weight loss and Invisalign

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One of the unexpected side effects of Invisalign is that you can lose weight. You are required to wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, but you can take them out briefly to eat or brush your teeth. However, for Invisalign to work, you must follow the wear time recommendations. Many patients have discovered that they eat less during the day and plan their meals better because of these requirements.

Patients report that they are less likely to snack and eat junk food throughout the day because of Invisalign. Since they have to take out the aligners for each meal and brush their teeth after eating, they prefer to eat three times a day and are more careful about the food they select. The hassle of taking out the aligners encourages better food choices. This has helped many people lose weight while wearing the aligners.

In addition, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol or soda while wearing the aligners. Dental patients who use Invisalign report that they drink more water and avoid sugary beverages. This also plays a role in their ability to lose weight quickly because soda has been linked to obesity. Researchers have found that regular and diet sodas can lead to weight gain, but diet sodas appear to be even more dangerous and lead to more cases of obesity.

Final thoughts

Invisalign has helped many people achieve gorgeous smiles, and it also comes with an extra health benefit. Many patients report they have lost a significant amount of weight, ranging from 10 to 15 pounds, while wearing the Invisalign aligners. It appears that the requirements to wear these teeth straighteners also encourage a better diet. Patients prefer to eliminate snacking, sugary drinks, soda and alcohol, so they lose weight while getting a better smile.

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