Does Invisalign Help With Periodontal Disease?

Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

Traditionally, the only method of achieving a straight and aligned smile was to undergo the uncomfortable - and for some, embarrassing - process of metal braces.

In 1997, the world of orthodontic treatment was forever changed with the arrival of Invisalign, a new system designed to straighten and align the teeth with the use of clear trays made to perfectly fit over the teeth. Invisalign eliminated the need for unsightly metal brackets and wires, making it possible for people to achieve their dream smile discreetly and comfortably.

Invisalign trays are recommended to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day. This allows the patient to remove the trays and brush/floss normally with no brackets and wire present. The patient wears each set of trays for 7-14 days, depending on the movements being made. After the allotted time, they receive the next  new set of trays. This continues until the desired results are achieved; for many people, this can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months, depending on the case. 

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease - or gum disease - is a chronic infection of the gum tissue and bone around the tooth.. The infection is caused by bacteria inside the mouth, both above and below the gumline that slowly eats away at the bone in the jaw that holds the tooth.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

When bacteria accumulates on the surface of the teeth and below the gumline, it slowly eats away at the structure of the bone and causes pockets to develop between the tooth and the gum. Over time, these pockets get wider, allowing more harmful bacteria to become trapped and eat away at the bone.

Periodontal disease can not be cured, but it can be managed with regular deep cleanings, known as scaling and root planing, during which the mouth will be cleaned both above and below the gumline and proper brushing and flossing at home . Antibiotics are commonly placed in the pockets of the teeth to discourage bacterial growth. 

How Invisalign Can Help

Crooked, misaligned teeth make it exceptionally easy for harmful bacteria to become trapped between the teeth. Because of the angulation of the teeth, it can be extremely difficult to remove the bacteria with brushing and flossing.

Investing in Invisalign isn’t simply an investment in the aesthetic appearance of your smile; it’s an investment in the health of your teeth and gums, as well. Invisalign will correct any issues with alignment and bite, eliminating the chance of bacteria becoming trapped in tight, hard-to-reach spots. Plus during your treatment, cleaning your mouth is easier because you can remove the trays  than with brackets and wires like traditional orthodontics. 

Invisalign in San Jose, CA

EZ Dental is proud to offer both Invisalign and comprehensive treatment for periodontal disease; we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve the healthy and beautiful smile of their dreams.

For more information about Invisalign, periodontal treatment, or to get scheduled for an appointment in our San Jose dental office, give us a call anytime at (408) 227-6000.

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