Teeth alignment issues can make a person much more susceptible to gum disease. Even in cases in which a person does everything by the book, brushing and flossing twice daily, crooked teeth can make it nearly impossible to thoroughly clean each tooth. But even if you have crooked teeth, gum disease shouldn’t hold you back from straightening your teeth with Invisalign®. Find out why you should have your gum disease treated and still get Invisalign, and then get some tips on managing the two treatments.
Treat Both Problems at the Same Time
Many dentists are equipped to treat both gum disease and well as provide Invisalign treatment to straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is especially suited for coexisting with gum disease treatment. Because conventional braces can only be removed by the dentist, the patient can’t access certain areas of the teeth. Trapped food can turn into plaque, evolving into tartar and eventually infect your gums.
Invisalign is removable, so it’s much easier to care for your teeth than it is with conventional braces. Simply pop out your Invisalign trays, brush, floss, wash your trays and then put them back into your mouth. However, a lack of consistent dental care at home can turn Invisalign aligners into breeding grounds for bacteria.
However, there are some cases in which you may have to treat gum disease first before moving on to straightening the teeth.
Treating Gum Disease First
In cases of severe gum disease, you’ll likely need to get your gum disease under control before starting Invisalign. When gum disease becomes severe, it starts to undermine the structures that support the teeth: the gums, connective tissue and jawbone. When the support structures start to erode, braces or Invisalign could actually worsen the situation due to the constant pressure these orthodontic solutions put on the teeth to realign them.
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