Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of the gums that surround and support your teeth. It is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Since gum disease is typically painless, many patients may not be aware they have it. During regular checkups at the dentist, the space between your teeth and gums will be measured to determine whether or not your mouth shows any signs of gum disease.
Although the main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria in plaque, there are several other oral habits, diseases, and medicines that can increase your risk of gum disease or worsen it once the infection has already set it. Genetics, smoking and tobacco use, crowded teeth, bridgework, stress, poor nutrition, and clenching or grinding of the teeth are all correlated with gum disease.
Invisalign Does Not Lead to Gum Disease
Here at Orthodontics Only, many patients have wondered if Invisalign could contribute to the cause of periodontal disease. Fortunately, Invisalign will not lead to gum disease in healthy patients. What some Invisalign patients report is known as gum recession. Gum recession occurs when gum tissue is recessed and lowers its position on the tooth, creating exposure in the roots of the teeth.
In most instances, Invisalign is not likely to cause recession. This is because Invisalign movement is strategically planned with the periodontium or the specialized tissues that both surround and support the teeth, in mind. If a patient does have recession, an orthodontist will carefully evaluate this condition prior to arranging an Invisalign treatment plan. Patients who are diagnosed with recession should get it treated before undergoing Invisalign or any other orthodontic treatment.
A periodontist or a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease can perform a simple procedure known as a frenectomy to help those with a recession. A frenectomy involves removing or repositioning the frenum or the muscular attachment between two tissues that prevents tissues from moving too far. There are three frena within a mouth that can lead to recession.
Since there is no metal to work around, Invisalign actually reduces the chance of plaque retention and gum disease. If you’re interested in Invisalign treatment, contact Derek Sanders of Orthodontics Only today. We will evaluate your mouth prior to make sure it is free from a recession ready for Invisalign.