Wearing Invisalign aligners with cavities is a common subject matter. Traditional braces have their oral hygiene routine. Invisalign aligners have theirs. To prevent cavities while undergoing Invisalign treatment read on. Below are facts and tips on why and how to deal with harmful nasties while wearing clear aligners.
Can I still get Invisalign if I Have a Cavity?
Invisalign providers are often asked by patients to fill cavities. The theoretical answer is yes, but the practical answer is no. Dentists and orthodontists suggest repairing the cavity. This is the first thing to do.
In most cases, as the cavity develops, it takes precedence over misalignments. For Invisalign aligners to work well resurface the tooth after the cavity. And remove any debris from the tooth.
What if Cavities Develop During Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign can lead to cavities and can cause serious side effects. As with all other instruments, it is essential that any tooth decay is addressed before the use of aligners continues, And that you should always remove the aligners immediately.
Until satisfactory work filling that stops developing cavities hold off on wearing the trays. Regain the smooth surface needed for the plastic mold to work efficiently. Or, your orthodontist may agree that you can continue wearing the trays with the cavity.
Depending on how the filling is created, it is often possible that a skilled dentist recreates the shape. It eliminates needing new alignments.
Does Invisalign Cause Tooth Decay?
Many people have stories about Invisalign causing cavities and other dental complications. The alignment itself wasn’t the problem. It may sound harsh, but we should look into what the alignments are.
When properly placed, Invisalign braces hold the teeth securely in place. This traps particles of food underneath the aligner, allowing bacteria to easily eat it. Since the aligners are worn throughout the day, it is possible to get tooth damaged during their use.
Invisalign treatment does not directly cause tooth decay to the patient’s teeth. The ill-proper use of the aligners can.
Do Aligners Create a Bacteria Breeding Ground?
Every time someone puts the tray on after they’ve eaten, it’s possible that it’s an ideal place for bacteria to develop. Is it true? Yes. If you don’t clean your mouth when you eat and put the aligner back inside, you can trap harmful bacteria.
FACT: Just make sure you wash your aligners and mouth after eating.
Taking care of Invisalign Trays
Invisalign braces are usually worn for around 22 hours. The remaining time must be used to take out aligners and clean teeth. Proper care must be taken to rid the aligners of trapped food particles must only remain in place a couple of hours after being cleaned.
TIP: Place aligners in the protective case when you don’t need them.
Ways to Combat Cavities During Invisalign
You can avoid the worry of cavities during Invisalign treatment. Below are the basic ways to keep the nasties at bay by keep your Invisalign trays clean.
Practice Good Oral Health
Invisalign correction braces prevent saliva from reaching your teeth. Invisalign patients need to have a healthy mouth to prevent abrasions. It doesn’t take much to forget to brush and floss and clean the braces.
TIP: Brush and floss twice daily and rinse in morning and evening routines.
See The Dentist
Your dentist needs to check you at least twice a year. A hygienist will compliment your oral health by conducting a deep clean.
Avoid Sugary Delights
Sugary drinks and snacks are great to eat but enemies to our teeth. Limit consumption while wearing Invisalign aligners.
Hydration is Your Friend
Hydration is key while wearing Invisalign aligners. Saliva will not reach the tooth. This means less defense. Keep the mouth watered as much as possible.
Smoking is Not
Gum recession is a result of smoking. This may affect the aligners seating on the tooth. Stop or curtail smoking during Invisalign treatment.
Tongue Brushing is Awesome
You should brush your tongue. Bacteria live by the billion upon it. Brush away the nasties every time you brush your teeth.
Cavities during Invisalign treatment are a concern. A good expert will know if you need to fix the issues before and during treatment.
Gluck Orthodontics is a trusted name in orthodontic care. Dr. Gluck is a board-certified orthodontic specialist. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Here at Gluck Orthodontics, we proudly provide our patients with the very latest in orthodontic care plus a little something extra from the friendly staff that we like to call ‘The Gluck Experience.’
To schedule your initial orthodontic consultation, call us at 615-269-5903. Or visit us online or in-person for an appointment today.
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.