When it comes to orthodontic treatments, clear aligners are often seen as a more convenient and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional braces. However, many people are concerned about the potential risks associated with using clear aligners, such as an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. While the risk is lower with Invisalign due to the removable aligners, the plastic barrier can still prevent saliva from reaching the teeth and gums. This can lead to root damage, gum recession, and tooth loosening.
It is important to note that clear aligners cannot directly cause gum disease. Invisalign aligners are designed to exert gentle force on the teeth to slowly move them into their proper positions. However, if you notice any of these symptoms worsening when the aligners are in your teeth, it is important to stop using them and consult your orthodontist. Another misconception about clear aligners is that they require less hygienic maintenance than braces.
While it is true that food debris is less likely to be trapped in them, it is still important to practice good oral hygiene while wearing them. The periodontal ligament tissue needs time to adjust and stabilize to the new position of the teeth, so the same transparent alignment trays should be used for a few weeks before changing them.