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Are Clear Aligners Bad for Gums?

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If your Invisalign® clear aligners fit properly, and you commit to cleaning them well, you shouldn’t have any issues. However, that’s not always the case. Read on to learn about some of the problems patients may have with their aligners that would warrant an extra visit to Edgewater Dental Arts.

The Importance of Clear Aligner Care

The biggest threat to the health of your gums–and teeth–while wearing Invisalign clear aligners is a lack of proper care. If you do not clean your aligners regularly, and according to our instructions, you risk jeopardizing the health of your gums. That’s because neglecting to clean the trays on a regular basis can lead to a build-up of food particles and plaque in them, which can spread to your gums and contribute to gingivitis.

A Proper Fit

If you experience any discomfort while wearing your aligners, and especially if they are hurting or irritating your gums, you should see us about the fit. You will experience a little tightness with each new set of aligners but this shouldn’t cause pain. If you neglect to wear the aligners for the proper amount of time, the teeth will shift. This can extend the time you will need to wear your aligners. Another reason for uncomfortable fit could be because the aligners weren’t cared for properly and have warped.

Top Tips for Aligner Care

Here are our top tips for caring for your Invisalign clear aligners properly:

  1. Brush and floss regularly. A great oral health routine goes hand-in-hand with proper clear aligner care. This includes your six-month professional dental cleaning and exam in our office.

  2. Always use lukewarm water. Hot or cold temperatures can warp the aligners and affect the fit.

  3. Clean gently with soap and water. Toothpaste can prove abrasive to the trays, creating tiny scratches where plaque can hide.

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Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.