Invisalign: Keeping it Real

 

Invisalign Houston TXInvisalign treatment continues to help teens and adults correct the alignment issues that keep them from fully loving their smile. The team at Royal Dental conducts traditional orthodontic treatment as well as Invisalign, and we can understand the strong desire that many patients have to avoid the common effects that go hand in hand with braces. We know them, and you do, too: scrapes or cuts on the cheek or lips, deprivation of some of your favorite foods.

Without a doubt, Invisalign has made it more convenient and comfortable than ever to straighten the smile. At the same time, patients must remember that there are aspects of Invisalign treatment that do put them at risk for dental problems. We want to keep it real so you can avoid the potential pitfalls of wearing straightening aligners.

The Plaque Problem

Plaque is a biofilm that sticks to your teeth. It is made up of saliva, food debris, and bacteria. Yuck. You don’t see it, and it has no odor, so you may not even realize when plaque starts to build up, but your teeth and gums will. Plaque isn’t something that accumulates from one dental visit to the next; it is a substance that builds up very quickly over the course of a day. The more plaque that sits on teeth, the greater the risk for dental problems. It’s pretty simple.

But That’s Not All . . .

Plaque isn’t the only substance that sits on teeth. According to new research, the ingredients from commonly consumed beverages also linger. Most of these ingredients are either acidic or sugary. Both are bad. Really bad. Acidic ingredients in sports drinks, for instance, can lead to erosion that progressively worsens over just one week’s time.

Protecting your Pearly Whites

The whole point of Invisalign is to help you love your smile. The last thing we want is for you to need fillings or other restorative treatment to counteract the effects of your initial treatment. The good news is it’s easy to combat plaque and deteriorating acids.

  • Brush morning and night, including your aligners.
  • Floss every day.
  • RINSE after meals and beverages, including your aligners. Acidic ingredients soften enamel, which can then be easily abraded by brushing.
  • Drink water throughout the day to maintain saliva flow.

We make smiles our business. Schedule a visit to Royal Dental near you to discuss Invisalign.

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