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Protect the Landscape of your Mouth During Invisalign Treatment

By: | Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Invisalign

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Invisalign Burke, VAThe Invisalign system of straightening teeth has brought millions of patients out of the woodwork. The primary concern that keeps a large number of people from talking with their dentist about misalignment has been the side effects of braces. You know them: a metallic smile, sores or cuts on the lips and cheeks, the inability to eat your favorite foods. This is just a sampling of what people expect to encounter if they must wear braces. Invisalign has made the process much simpler.

Patients who choose Invisalign can bypass these frustrations. However, that does not mean they are in the clear when it comes to dental health. The fact is, there are risks to enamel and gum tissue that stem from the fit of Invisalign aligners. These trays fit over the teeth, right up to the gums. This full-coverage model can spell disaster if oral care is not taken seriously every single day of treatment.

The Process of Erosion

Tooth decay is one of the most common problems to affect teeth. It is cavities that we most often fear when we think of how to take care of our mouth. The truth is, dentists are seeing just as much widespread enamel erosion as they are tooth decay these days. Here’s why . . .

In this day and age, we tend to consume a lot of acids. That’s right! You wouldn’t think of pouring acid in your mouth, but there is a high likelihood that you are doing this inadvertently on a continual basis. Every soda that is consumed, every bite of salad with vinaigrette dressing, even that lemon water; it all degrades enamel. And degraded enamel can mean cavities and more. The loss of a strong layer of enamel creates a risk of chips, discoloration, and sensitivity.

What you can do

Whether you are wearing Invisalign at the moment or not, you can mitigate the risks of tooth erosion and decay by sipping water several times an hour. Patients who wear Invisalign need to create mindful habits around oral hygiene. Flossing is a must. Brushing should be done after eating. When non-water beverages are consumed, the mouth should be rinsed with water – and aligners should be, too!

Oral health is not difficult to maintain. Your Burke Invisalign Premiere Provider can help you develop healthy habits throughout your course of treatment.



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