Can You Drink Coffee With Braces? (Why It’s Not A Good Idea)

If you are a coffee lover but currently undergoing orthodontics treatment, you might wonder if you can continue drinking your favorite drink without harming your braces.  

Whether you have traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign, this is a valid concern. Your primary goal for wearing orthodontics appliances is to fix your teeth and avoid anything that may be detrimental to it. After all, it is an expensive treatment, and the goal is to have a beautiful smile.  

This is why the biggest question of coffee lovers wearing braces is, “can you drink coffee with braces?” In this article, we will answer this question and discuss other essential things that you should know about while wearing braces.  

Orthodontic treatments use different kinds of appliances. So if you are undergoing this type of dental care, the braces you're wearing might be different from what other people are using.  

To help you understand how coffee can affect your braces, we will discuss below the effect it has on various orthodontic appliances:  

1. Invisalign (Clear Braces) 

If you are wearing Invisalign, we have some good news for you. Invisalign aligners can be easily removed before and after drinking, which is why drinking coffee every day won’t have too much effect on your braces. However, drinking hot beverages like coffee, tea, or soup with the trays in your mouth is not advisable. This is because Invisalign trays are made of plastic, and heat can warp them.  

So, if you are going to drink or eat something hot, make sure to remove your trays to prevent them from losing their shape. Remember, your Invisalign brace should remain tight. Otherwise, your treatment will be disrupted, which may affect the result.

Another thing that you should note is that coffee can stain your clear braces. If they are stained, it defeats the purpose of them being invisible. If appropriately maintained, Invisalign will remain hidden to the naked eye.  

If you can’t remove your trays and you need to drink coffee, it is best to drink something cold, like iced coffee, and with a straw to keep their shape intact.  

2. Traditional Braces 

If your orthodontic treatment uses traditional appliances such as metal or ceramic braces, drinking coffee is still possible. However, it may require more maintenance work. For example, if you continue drinking dark-colored beverages while wearing braces, you need to keep your teeth clean at all times.

In addition, after drinking the beverage, make sure to brush your teeth right away. This is because your teeth and the brackets are susceptible to staining. Also, always try to drink these beverages with a straw since this will decrease the chances of staining.  

For ceramic braces, it is important to note that the brackets of your braces will never stain as they were designed to resist any kind of discoloration. However, the clear elastic bands attached to it can stain. If you are not too careful, staging the elastic band might ruin the overall look of your ceramic braces.  

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I’m A Coffee Lover But Have Braces: What Should I Do? 

If coffee has been a significant part of your morning habit, giving it up to protect your teeth can be challenging. Even if you know that it will harm your braces, you might still try to squeeze in a cup or two once in a while. 

However, that shouldn’t be the case. Here are some tips that can help you maintain your braces, even if you're still drinking coffee.  

Add Milk To Your Coffee 

The color of your coffee affects how it will stain your teeth. Adding milk to your drink will lighten the color of the coffee and give your teeth some protection from the staining acids of the coffee.  

Try Using A Straw 

Coffee won’t stain your teeth if it does not directly touch them. Drinking coffee using a straw will allow you to enjoy your beverage and keep coffee away from your teeth.  

Drink Coffee With Less Caffeine 

Caffeine is probably the whole reason why coffee is part of your morning routine. However, the amount of caffeine in your coffee dictates the staining effect the drink will have on your teeth. This means that the less caffeine a drink has, the less likely it will stain your teeth and harm your braces. Try drinking decaf coffee or coffee drinks that have less caffeine than a regular brewed coffee has. This will allow you to enjoy coffee without the negative effect on your braces.  

Brush Your Teeth After Drinking Coffee 

Apart from the coffee that touches your teeth when drinking it, the remaining coffee that sticks to them can permanently stain your teeth. This is why if you can’t resist the urge to drink coffee, make sure to brush your teeth right away to remove any coffee residue on them. You can do so by always bringing a toothbrush with you wherever you go.  

woman drinking coffee

Other Beverages That Should Be Avoided When You Have Braces 

Apart from coffee, most dentists recommend you steer away from any dark-colored beverages and sugary drinks to keep your teeth healthy and maintain your braces. Here are some of them:  

  • Tea 
    Tea, like coffee, is highly pigmented. As a result, it can stain not only the elastics or brackets of your braces but also your teeth. The stains can deposit minerals into your teeth which can lead to decay. However, if you can’t give up drinking tea, try drinking iced tea instead, so you can easily sip it with a straw or drink hot tea with a straw. You can also brush your teeth right away after drinking them to remove any residue.  
  • Soda 
    Soda is considered one of the unhealthiest drinks and shouldn’t be consumed often, even if you’re not wearing braces. This drink contains acid that can break down the enamel of your teeth, leading to tooth decay. If you choose to drink soda while on braces, always drink it with a straw and rinse your mouth with water right after you finish drinking it.  
  • Sports Drink 
    Sports drinks have high levels of sugar content. For example, fruit juices found in sports drinks are naturally acidic and rich in sucrose. Both of these ingredients can weaken the tooth structure and can also lead to decay. You should also avoid drinking lemon-flavored sports drinks as they can dissolve the surface of your enamel, especially when the acids are always in contact with your teeth.  
soda with ice

People Also Ask (FAQs)

What can I drink with braces? 

Milk and water are the safest beverages you can drink while wearing braces. Colored drinks, especially dark ones, should be avoided if you can.  

Can you have hot drinks with braces? 

Yes, you can drink hot drinks with your traditional braces, like metal and ceramic braces. However, if you’re wearing Invisalign, make sure to remove the trays before drinking hot beverages to maintain their shape.  

Is iced coffee OK with braces? 

Drinking iced coffee is OK if you're wearing braces. If you can, drink it with a straw to protect your teeth from coffee stains.  

Can I drink milk coffee with braces? 

Yes, you can. Adding milk to your coffee can lighten its color, reducing the chances of it staining your teeth and braces.  


Conclusion

While drinking coffee with braces isn’t prohibited, it is best to keep drinking it at a minimum to protect your teeth and braces from any damage. This will help you achieve your dental goals and will get you the best result your orthodontic treatment can offer.

However, if you can’t avoid them, make sure to keep your teeth and braces well-maintained by the tips we shared above.