Clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment option for those looking to straighten their teeth without the hassle of traditional metal braces. But can clear aligners damage your gums? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. It's true that clear aligners have a snug fit, which can trap food and bacteria between the aligner and the teeth. This can lead to accelerated damage to the teeth and gums.
It's also normal for a new set of clear aligners to cause some discomfort, as your teeth adjust to the gradual movement of the trays. This may include sore gums or minor cuts.Many people mistakenly believe that clear aligners require less hygienic maintenance than braces. However, this is not the case. If your orthodontist notices a gum recession at your initial consultation, they may want to treat it before you start treatment with a clear aligner.
This is because periodontal ligament tissue needs time to acclimate and stabilize to the new position of the teeth.Once gum disease is under control, straightening your teeth with clear aligners may be more effective than other orthodontic treatments in preventing gum disease. Clear aligners are also removable, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. However, clear aligners cannot directly cause gum disease.Clear aligners are also popular because they are discreet and comfortable. While they may cause mild gum bleeding and swelling within the first few days of use, this should subside over time.
To ensure you get the best experience with your clear aligners, EverSmile offers a line of products specifically designed for this purpose.