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Can Invisalign Absorb Food Allergens?

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My daughter had an allergic reaction to habanero sauce. Can her Invisalign retainer absorb the food she ate? What's the best way to clean the retainers?

by Dr. Burhenne

Food Allergy Invisalign
Q:

Hi Dr. Burhenne, I believe my 14 year old daughter had a severe allergic reaction to a habanero sauce (hot Mexican pepper). Before we realized it the next morning, she had worn her Invisalign retainer during the night. Can the Invisalign retainer harbor or absorb remnants of the habanero sauce? Is distilled water with castile soap the best way to soak the retainers to make sure it is gone or should I purchase new ones? Thank you, Michelle V. from Ft. Lauderdale

A: Hi Michelle, I’m sorry your daughter had a bad reaction to the habanero sauce. Hopefully this experience won’t alter her perception of yummy spicy food in the future.

I’m not worried about the Invisalign retainer. Invisalign retainers are inert and cover only the teeth — to get a real burn or allergic reaction, you would have to get a glob of the habanero sauce into the tray as you’re inserting and hold it directly up against the gums and in between the teeth. There’s no residue in the sauce left on the retainer that could cause damage or an allergic reaction.

To clean the Invisalign aligners, let them soak in baking soda and water for about fifteen minutes and then you’re good to go!

If this was a matter of a nut allergy and the nuts came into contact with the aligner, I would recommend just jumping ahead to the next aligner.

Let me know if that answers your question.

Dr. Mark Burhenne DDS

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