This is a question we get a lot at our office. And it’s a great question! Invisalign is an amazing treatment that can transform your smile. But, like anything else, it has its own set of rules and guidelines that need to be followed. So, can you have cough drops with Invisalign?
The answer is yes! You can have cough drops with Invisalign. In fact, they can actually be quite helpful in keeping youraligners clean and free of bacteria. Just be sure to use sugar-free cough drops so that you don’t damage your aligners.
Now, let’s take a more detailed look at why cough drops can be helpful for Invisalign patients and some of the other things you need to know about using them.
The Benefits of Cough Drops for Invisalign Patients
Cough drops can actually be quite helpful for Invisalign patients. Here are a few of the benefits:
1. They help keep your aligners clean.
If you’re using cough drops, then you’re probably coughing a lot. And that means your aligners are going to be exposed to a lot of saliva and bacteria. Using cough drops can help keep your aligners clean and free of bacteria.
2. They help keep your breath fresh.
Nobody wants to have bad breath, but it can be a real problem when you have Invisalign. That’s because aligners can trap food and bacteria in your mouth, which can cause bad breath. Cough drops can help keep your breath fresh by masking the odor of food and bacteria.
3. They help relieve dry mouth.
Dry mouth is a common side effect of Invisalign. And it can be a real problem because it can cause bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Cough drops can help relieve dry mouth by increasing saliva production.
4. They help soothe a sore throat.
A sore throat is a common side effect of Invisalign. Cough drops can help soothe a sore throat by coating the throat and providing relief from irritation.
5. They help relieve congestion.
If you have congestion, then you know how annoying it can be. It can make it difficult to breathe and can cause a lot of discomfort. Cough drops can help relieve congestion by thinning the mucus in your throat and making it easier to breathe.
Things to Keep in Mind When Using Cough Drops
Now that we’ve looked at some of the benefits of cough drops for Invisalign patients, let’s take a look at some things you need to keep in mind when using them.
1. Only use sugar-free cough drops.
Sugar can damage your aligners. So, it’s important to only use sugar-free cough drops. There are a lot of great sugar-free options available.
2. Don’t use too many cough drops.
While cough drops can be helpful, you don’t want to use too many of them. That’s because they can contain a lot of sugar and other ingredients that can damage your aligners.
3. Don’t chew on your cough drops.
Cough drops are meant to be dissolved in your mouth, not chewed. Chewing on them can damage your aligners.
4. Don’t use cough drops with medication.
If you’re taking medication for your cough, then you should talk to your doctor before using cough drops. That’s because some medications can interact with cough drops and cause problems.
Can I use any kind of cough drop?
No, you should only use sugar-free cough drops.
How often can I use cough drops?
You should only use them as needed.
What if I accidentally swallow my cough drop?
If you accidentally swallow your cough drop, then don’t worry. Just make sure to drink plenty of water to help dilute it.
What should I do if my cough persists?
If your cough persists, then you should talk to your doctor.
Cough drops can be helpful for Invisalign patients. They can help keep your aligners clean, relieve dry mouth, and soothe a sore throat. Just be sure to use sugar-free cough drops and don’t use too many of them.