Can You Get Invisalign If You Have Gum Disease?

Can You Get Invisalign If You Have Gum Disease?

Teeth alignment problems can make an individual susceptible to gum disease, even with daily brushing and flossing. Having crooked teeth can make it difficult to properly access and clean each tooth. Gum disease can lead to pain, inflammation, and infection. If not treated, the condition can make it hard to get teeth straightening treatment. 


Gum disease must be treated and managed before getting teeth alignment to avoid permanent damage. You can find out if you can get Invisalign if you have gum disease. 


Understanding Gum Disease 


Gum disease occurs due to the accumulation of plaque and bacteria on the teeth. The early stage of the disease is known as gingivitis. It is characterized by gum inflammation that causes swelling and bleeding when brushing or flossing. 


If treated early, gingivitis is reversible without long-term oral damage. If not treated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. Advanced gum disease causes gum infection that can destroy or damage the bone. It can lead to loosening of the teeth or tooth loss. 


Getting Orthodontic Treatment


Traditional metal braces or dental aligners like Invisalign can help straighten teeth. Invisalign clear aligners can help treat alignment issues, including crooked teeth, teeth gaps, and bite issues. The removable aligners are safe and effective. 


Advanced gum disease can weaken the jawbone and other oral structures, making the teeth unstable. It would make orthodontic treatment unsafe. Getting orthodontic treatment with inflamed gums and bones can lead to increased bone loss. 


Treating Gum Disease First


If you have a history of gum disease, you need to get treatment to stabilize the condition. The gums need to be healthy before beginning orthodontic treatment. Managing gum disease is essential before you start straightening with clear aligners. 


The dentist or orthodontist will examine your teeth to ensure no active gum disease before getting Invisalign treatment. Close supervision during orthodontic treatment is essential to ensure effectiveness. 


Using Invisalign Aligners 


Clear aligners can be the most effective orthodontic treatment if you have recurring gum disease. Invisalign is a better option than traditional metal braces that trap food particles and bacteria. It is more challenging to keep the teeth and gums clean while wearing traditional braces. 


Invisalign aligners are removable, making it convenient to brush and floss, preventing gum disease. If you get Invisalign, maintaining oral hygiene is more manageable. The trays are close-fitting and can be used to carry antibacterial agents.  


Consistent Dental Care


It is vital to ensure a consistent dental care routine. Suffering from gum disease should not stop you from getting teeth alignment if you manage the condition. Removing the aligners makes it possible to take care of your teeth and gums. Apart from cleaning your teeth, you must ensure that you clean and sanitize the trays daily. 


Studies have shown that it is easier for periodontal patients to maintain alignment using Invisalign treatment. The orthodontic treatment is effective but requires patient cooperation for the best results. 


For more on Invisalign treatment, call Progressive Dental & Associates at 708-980-0110 to reach our office in Matteson, Illinois.