One of the worst things about getting braces is facing the reality of knowing just how many foods will be restricted for the entire time that those brackets are on your teeth. However, for decades, traditional metal braces were the only hope most people had for straightening out their teeth, and cutting out a few troublesome foods is a small price to pay when the tradeoff is a smile you love.


Then Invisalign came along and changed the way people with corrective orthodontics ate. Unlike with traditional braces, which makes it effectively impossible to eat anything that’s too hard or too chewy, Invisalign has zero food limitations.


It sounds simple, but there are a few things to remember when eating and drinking while using Invisalign. The following is a look at some of the most commonly-asked questions when it comes to eating with Invisalign.


Can I Eat With Invisalign Still In My Mouth?


While you can eat anything with Invisalign, you can’t eat anything while the Invisalign apparatus is in place. You should never eat with the Invisalign trays still in your mouth because doing so could stain and ultimately ruin them. If the point is to have straight, gorgeous teeth, eating with the Invisalign still in your mouth is counterproductive to that end.


Do I Have to Brush My Teeth Before Putting Aligners Back In?


To keep the aligners clean and working properly for the life of their use, it is important that you brush your teeth before putting them back into your mouth. It’s good hygienic practice to brush your teeth after every meal, but Dr. Robert Walley suggests brushing your teeth even after snacks. Failing to do so can mean getting foot trapped closely against your teeth, which can speed up tooth decay.


If you don’t have your toothbrush with you after a snack or meal on the go, at the very least rinse your mouth with water before putting the apparatus back into your mouth.


Can I Drink While Using Invisalign?


If what you’re drinking is water, then yes. You can drink with your aligners in. Otherwise, we do not recommend drinking without removing the apparatus from your mouth. Sugary drinks can cause plaque buildup, and hot drinks can cause the aligners to warp, effectively ruining them for their primary purpose. Certain drinks can discolor the trays, too, which will make your teeth look anything but white when they’re in your mouth.


If you are interested in consulting with your Union Square Invisalign dentist to see if it’s right for you, please don’t hesitate to set up an appointment at your convenience. Just know that, unlike braces, Invisalign allows you to eat whatever you want—as long as you do the eating with the trays outside of your mouth, and as long as you clean your teeth appropriately before sliding them back in.


There are many reasons why Invisalign is a great orthodontic option for people of all ages, but the ability to eat whatever you want is one that definitely separates it from traditional braces.


When you’re faced with dental damage or aesthetic problems, our San Francisco dentists will help you get back on track. Today we’re going to be giving you some more information on restoring your smile with state-of-the-art technologies.

When is restorative treatment necessary?

You may require restorative dental treatment for a number of different reasons, but there are a few key factors that prompt restorative care. It is crucial that you undergo treatment if the damage you’ve sustained will become more severe, or spread to other parts of the smile, over time. A cavity, for example, can move through the entire tooth structure, and even infect jaw and bone tissue. Obviously, you also want to seek treatment if you’re experiencing pain, and if the damage is unsightly.

What kinds of material does Dr. Walley use to treat damage?

Our team utilizes state-of-the-art materials to rebuild and repair teeth. Custom-shaded composite resin and tooth-colored fillings blend in seamlessly with the patient’s natural dental enamel. We also place porcelain, metal-free restorations, including same-day CEREC crowns to rebuild missing tooth structure. The materials we use are designed to look attractive and natural, while standing the test of time.

What about tooth replacement treatments?

The most transformative restorative treatments we provide are tooth replacement solutions. Individual dental implants are the state-of-the-art option available in dentistry today. These replacement teeth actually extend into the patient’s jawbone tissue, with a titanium root. Dental implants are permanent, oral-health-boosting replacement teeth that go far beyond what has historically been possible in dentistry. Excitingly, we can also permanently anchor larger dental prostheses, like dentures, into the patient’s smile using mini dental implant roots. When considering tooth replacement treatments for you, we’ll take into account your timeline, budget, oral health goals, and post-treatment maintenance preferences.

The sooner that you’re able to treat existing oral health problems, the better off you’ll be in the long-run. So give our San Francisco dentists a call to get started! 


If you are doing everything right, you shouldn’t have to visit your dentist more than the twice-yearly cleanings you schedule for regular dental maintenance. The truth, though, is that many people experience all sorts of dental issues that require more timely attention, and here at the office of Dr. Robert M. Walley, we want to make sure our patients are able to identify some of the most common problems that could suggest a trip to the dentist is necessary soon.


The following are five of the most common dental issues that would suggest it’s time for you to visit your dentist:


#1 Toothaches


The most common same-day appointments we see here at Dr. Walley’s office happen because of toothaches, which can be truly excruciating under the right circumstances. Constant tooth pain is not a good thing, and it can make eating and even sleeping nearly impossible. Ideally, patients would visit the dentist when the pain starts so they can nip the problem in the bud. Waiting until the pain is unbearable can lead to bigger problems.


#2 Irritated or Bleeding Gums


Sometimes it isn’t the teeth at all causing the problem, but rather the gums. If your gums are bleeding every time you brush or floss, that could be an early sign that you are developing gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can affect not only your gums but the teeth themselves, so visiting a dentist when this occurs is a great way to stop the problem before it gets too bad.


#3 Loose or Shifting Teeth


Small children are supposed to have loose teeth. Adults are not, so if you notice that you’ve got loosening teeth or widening gaps between teeth, it will be important for you to get into the dentist’s office soon. Loose teeth can fall out completely if left untreated, so don’t wait to see if it gets better on its own; go see your dentist.


#4 Bumps and Sores


While canker sores are fairly common and will heal on their own in a week or two, other oral lesions will not heal on their own and could actually turn into oral infections that can do a lot of damage. If you find white sores in your mouth, whether that be on your tongue, your inner cheek, your tonsils, or the roof of your mouth, it’s imperative that you see your dentist right away.


#5 Jaw Pain


While there are many things that could cause jaw pain, constant pain in your jaw could indicate that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep. It also could mean that a cavity is causing pain in the jaw, and if that’s the case, the untreated cavity could lead to a nasty abscessed tooth.


Connect With an Experienced San Francisco Dentist

If you have any questions about a possible dental issue, feel free to give us a call. If the issue is not severe, we’ll get you on the schedule for a time that works best for you, but we also offer same-day dental care for those with dental emergencies. Whatever the need may be, don’t hesitate to visit your dentist if you think something is wrong, including any of the aforementioned dental concerns.


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