Gum Disease or Periodontitis is a very serious condition that occurs when the tissues and bone that support your teeth become infected. The main cause of gum disease is plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Plaque can cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed easily. If left untreated, gum disease can destroy the gums and the bones that support your teeth.
Invisalign treatment will not be the direct cause of developing gum disease. This procedure involves wearing clear, plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. During treatment, it is important to brush and floss your teeth as usual and to visit your dentist for regular checkups.
Can Invisalign Cause Gum Recession?
Gum recession is the process in which the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, exposing the root. Recession can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Brushing too hard
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Dental procedures
- Tobacco use
Invisalign treatment will not cause gum recession. However, if you already have gum recession, it is important to tell your dentist before beginning treatment.
While Invisalign will not cause gum disease or gum recession, it is important to practice good oral hygiene during treatment. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as usual and visit your dentist for regular checkups.
How To Take Care Of Your Teeth With Invisalign
In order to maintain good oral hygiene during Invisalign treatment, it is important to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss your teeth at least once a day
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash daily
- Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
In addition, it is important to remove your aligners when you eat or drink anything other than water. Be sure to brush your teeth and aligners before putting them back in your mouth. This will prevent plaque and bacteria from accumulating on your teeth and aligners.
If you have any concerns about gum disease or gum recession, be sure to talk to your dentist before beginning Invisalign treatment.
Contact Lane and Associates Family Dentistry
If you are located in North Carolina and you would like to speak to a dentist about getting Invisalign, contact Land and Associates today! We have several offices around North Carolina and we offer a free consultation. Visit our website and fill out a contact form online or give our office location closest to you a call to schedule and appointment.