Are you looking to gain straight teeth and a beautiful smile and pondering over getting an Invisalign treatment? Perhaps you are concerned about whether or not you can get Invisalign if you have cavities? If you would like to know the answer, then this blog is for you.
While cavities do not prevent you from getting Invisalign treatment, an optimal oral health and a successful Invisalign treatment is guaranteed with preventing the existing cavities first and concealing the room for future cavities.
Although Invisalign treatments and any other cosmetic dentistry that are aimed at perfecting one’s teeth and smile, it is highly recommended to get treatment for cavities before beginning the Invisalign process for a few reasons. Firstly, a cavity filled before the treatment allows enough time for it to heal before the aligners are placed and start putting pressure on teeth. Secondly, a filling can change the shape and size of your tooth requiring new aligners and ultimately additional cost.
If you are considering Invisalign treatment without taking care of your cavities prior to the treatment, then your overall oral health and oral hygiene are the first things to be addressed. Your general dentist or orthodontist must perform a thorough oral examination of your mouth in order to check for the cavities and other dental concerns. If cavities are found, treatment needs to be done to allow enough time to recover from a filling before undergoing the stress of tooth movement. If no cavities are found, a dental cleaning is done to reduce the risk of cavity development during the treatment.
If there are cavities in the middle of the Invisalign treatment, then your orthodontist may need to perform a treatment revision as the original fit may be compromised due to filling and sealants use. For that, you might need to provide revised scans and impressions to restart your Invisalign treatment.
No, Invisalign is never a direct reason for the cavities to develop unless they are not properly cared for. It is very important that one continues to maintain diligent oral hygiene throughout their entire treatment. It is also very important to consistently clean ones Invisalign trays on a regular basis in additional to cleaning ones teeth and gums. When the trays are not cleaned properly, the bacteria and plaque finds a good residing place in your gums and teeth and that along with the mix of your saliva is a recipe for disaster. In fact, it can cause tooth decay and as well as additional oral problems. You can keep the cavities at bay by maintaining a good regular and proper oral hygiene routine.
Cleaning Invisalign Trays:
While brushing your teeth, you must take your trays out of your mouth and clean them thoroughly with the water. Make it a habit to rinse your trays and mouth whenever you take them out of your mouth.
Eating and Brushing:
Avoid brushing right after eating a meal. Acidity in the food weakens the enamel and immediate brushing might cause a further decay so if you wish to put your aligners on right after having meal, then rinse your mouth and trays but wait for about 20 minutes before brushing.
It is highly recommended that patients only consume water and refrain from any other sweet drinks such as restricted soda juice, and any other sugary drinks to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Water does not only keep you hydrated but also washes away harmful bacteria.
Oral Care Routine:
A consistent oral care routine guarantees a successful treatment without cavities. It’s imperative to brush teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and to floss once a day with threaded floss. We cannot express this enough, but don’t not forget to clean Invisalign trays every time you brush.