Invisalign has been creating straighter smiles for several years now. Since inception, this modern orthodontic system has been refined more than once. Today, teens and adults have the opportunity to change the landscape of their mouths in the best possible way – without anyone knowing! The barely-there appearance of Invisalign is one of the several advantages that patients experience on their way to a better smile. However, there are also pitfalls that need to be known.
In the planning phase of Invisalign treatment, it is important that patients prepare themselves for what’s to come. A healthier smile is expected, but if oral care falls to the wayside even just a little, there is a good chance that teeth may sustain unnecessary damage throughout the process.
The Erosion of Healthy Teeth
One of the most common issues that most of us face is the possibility of cavities. The message that most of us have received since childhood has been that we better take care of our teeth or we will get painful cavities. Unfortunately, tooth decay continues to be a struggle for patients of all ages. More concerning, it has been joined by another: erosion. And, for patients who wear Invisalign, this risk is exacerbated.
There is a reason for the surge in tooth erosion in recent years. The foods and beverages that are consumed nearly daily, if not several times a day, are acidic. Enamel is a very durable substance, but it can deteriorate under the continual coverage of any acid. Where do these acids come from? Soda, coffee, salad dressing, even fruit juice. These and other common products are preserved or given flavor with ingredients such as ascorbic acid. Acid is acid. When it sits on your teeth, the enamel will weaken. When enamel weakens, teeth become sensitive and discolored. They are also more susceptible to cracks and other damage.
What Does Invisalign Have to do with Erosion?
Patients who wear Invisalign wear tooth-straightening aligners over their teeth almost 24/7. The less oxygen that reaches teeth, the more vulnerable they are to the effects of acidic ingredients. Oral care becomes even more important, as if that were possible when going through this braces-free treatment for a straighter smile. In addition to brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, also rinse your mouth with water before inserting aligners after eating or drinking.
Learn more about Invisalign from your St. Helens dentist. Call (503) 397-6144.