Using Invisalign to straighten your teeth and give you a beautiful smile, does require adjusting dental care habits to avoid bad breath and keep your teeth clean. Avoiding problems with bad breath is not difficult, so long as you remember to follow the proper usage, care, and treatment schedule prescribed by your dentist.
Bacteria and Invisalign
The area under the clear plastic aligners is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It is moist, warm, and humid. If you do not brush your teeth after meals and simply put the aligners back in, food particles will be trapped.
Yet the digestive enzymes in the saliva will continue to break the food down. During this process, all sorts of bacteria can form. Different types of bacteria will contribute towards bad breath problems. In addition, your plastic aligners will absorb the bad smells.
Other Side Effects of Poor Dental Care
Aside from bacteria and bad breath being a concern, there are other possible side effects, if you do not practice good dental care while using Invisalign.
- Plaque: Plaque is a sticky substance that coats the teeth and is a by-product of excessive bacteria. Plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
- Tartar: If plaque is not removed with regular brushing, it hardens and becomes tartar. Tartar can cause discolouration and staining on the teeth. The only effective way to remove tartar is with a visit to your dental hygienist and dentist
- Demineralization: When you combine existing bacteria with more food particles, it will create acid. This acid can slowly erode the enamel layer on the teeth by attacking the phosphate and calcium in the teeth. Eventually, it can eat through the teeth and create a cavity.
- Gingivitis: This is the earliest stage of gum disease. The gum tissue can become sore, swollen, and may even bleed.
- Sensitivity: If the gum tissue starts to pull away from the teeth and recede, more of the tooth’s structure is exposed. This newly exposed area can become very sensitive to hot, cold, or even touch.
How to Care for Teeth with Invisalign
Caring for your teeth is very easy with Invisalign. All you do is remove the aligners from the teeth. You should rinse the aligners in cool water to remove any plaque or food particles before placing them into their case. You can also gently brush the inside of the aligners with a softhead tooth brush to help remove plaque, but do not use toothpaste.
- Brush in the morning and evening.
- Brush after every meal or beverage.
- Floss your teeth in the evening.
- Rinse your mouth with mouthwash after brushing.
- Visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Dealing with bad breath while using Invisalign is not difficult as long as you follow proper dental care habits. To learn more about Invisalign or for help dealing with bad breath, please feel free to contact Arborg Family Dental at (204) 376-2624 today!