Although it is preventable, tooth decay is the biggest threat to the health of your smile. You might believe your teeth are safe from cavities during the next few months because you’re investing in Invisalign, but this isn’t true. In fact, you might you can even have a higher risk for them. The aligners don’t provide a protective barrier for your teeth against cavity-causing bacteria. They can actually trap it between the enamel and aligner. Here’s why it’s more important than ever to step up your oral hygiene routine to prevent cavities during Invisalign.
Cavities While Using Invisalign
Invisalign doesn’t use brackets or wires to move your teeth. Instead, clear aligners are worn over them to apply continual pressure to slowly reposition them. Among the many benefits you’ll enjoy with Invisalign is an easy oral hygiene routine. While you won’t have to brush and floss around brackets and wires, your aligners need daily attention. If you aren’t proactive about keeping your mouth and aligners clean, you can easily develop a cavity.
If your dentist detects tooth decay, you’re going to require treatment. They’ll use either a filling or dental restoration to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, some patients report soreness and discomfort while wearing their aligners after getting dental work. Not to mention, the aligners may not fit as comfortably as before, especially if you need a large restoration, like a crown. You can avoid the hassle and discomfort by preventing cavities while on your journey to a straight smile.
Protect Your Smile from Cavities
Invisalign patients should take their oral hygiene seriously to prevent unexpected complications. Here’s how you can keep tooth decay at bay to ensure nothing delays reaching your goal of a straight smile:
1. Step-Up Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing are always necessary for a healthy smile; however, they are vital when using Invisalign. Besides brushing and flossing in the morning and night, reach for your toothbrush and floss after every meal to prevent plaque and bacteria from damaging your enamel. Don’t forget to rinse your aligners before putting them back in your mouth.
2. Clean Your Aligners Well
Commit to cleaning your aligners using a soft-bristled toothbrush and clear antibacterial soap. Bacteria can grow on them, which can lead to odors and cavities. Your aligners can also lose their translucent appearance if they aren’t cleaned regularly.
3. Maintain Dental Appointments
You won’t need appointments for adjustments, so you’ll spend less time in the dental chair, but your follow-up visits are important. Maintain your periodical Invisalign check-ins, and don’t forget to schedule a cleaning and checkup at least twice a year.
You can achieve the healthy, straight smile you deserve with a proactive approach during your orthodontic treatment.
About Dr. Randall Nameth
Dr. Nameth earned his dental degree at the Ohio State University in 1984. He takes over 40 hours of continuing education courses annually to provide the latest treatments and techniques, including Invisalign. If you’re ready to fix your bite and alignment concerns without metal braces, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for Invisalign.