Guide To Caring For Your Invisalign Aligners

Have you finally decided to achieve a more perfect smile with Invisalign treatment in La Mesa, CA? You are probably wondering how exactly you should care for your new dental appliances, well today Great Smiles is providing some tips on caring for your Invisalign aligners, follow along!

Make sure you brush properly.

Did you know properly brushing your teeth is even more important during Invisalign treatment? Debris, bacteria and plaque can actually damage your aligners, leaving them stained, damaged and even discolored. We recommend brushing your aligners each time you brush your teeth as well. You should only use cold water as warm/hot water can actually warp your plastic aligners.

Store your aligners properly.

You should be wearing your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours each day (we recommend wearing them as much as possible for quicker and more effective treatment), however when they are removed it is important to store them properly. Due to the fact that Invisalign treatment is designed to be “invisible”, lost aligners can often be extremely hard to find and may become damaged. You can even add mouthwash to your case to give your mouth a freshen up after you put them back in.

Only drink water while wearing your aligners.

When we told you nothing but water while wearing your aligners, we meant it! Foods and beverages can actually stain and damage your aligners, making them no longer invisible and possibly less effective. Ultimately this could lengthen your treatment.

Contact your La Mesa orthodontist if an aligner is damaged.

Notice one of your aligners seems damaged? You should contact your orthodontist immediately as this damage to the aligners can actually have an impact on how successful treatment is.

Causes of Periodontitis

By now, most people have heard of gingivitis and periodontitis. Unfortunately, what they may not fully understand is just how damaging this disease can be if left untreated. Periodontal disease is correlated with many different bad health effects and conditions including the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. This is why it is very important for you to take gum disease seriously.

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is an infection that includes severe inflammation of the supportive tissue around the tooth, or gums. most cases of periodontitis simply include swollen, painful gums. However, very severe cases of periodontitis can actually lead to gum loss and heart attack.

Periodontitis is caused by General poor oral hygiene. This includes not flossing daily and having a likewise poor oral routine. Over time, plaque buildup on your teeth and the pockets between your teeth and gums. This bacteria and plaque eventually will cause infection if not removed.

Common Types of Periodontitis

Aggressive periodontitis: this type of periodontitis is characterized by a sudden loss of gum attachment and leads to chronic bone destruction. It can be rooted simply in genetics and contracted by people with good oral hygiene.

Chronic periodontitis: this is the most common type of periodontal disease. It is characterized by receding gums, Deep Pockets between the gums and teeth, swelling, and pain.

Necrotizing periodontitis: this form of the disease is essentially tissue death or necrosis. It is located within the alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, and gingival tissues.This form of periodontitis is most common in people who have immune system diseases such as HIV.

Periodontitis and other gum diseases are very serious and should be well understood. The more you know, the more likely you are to be able to avoid contracting periodontitis. Improve your oral hygiene routine, and keep a careful watch of your gums. If you have any more questions regarding periodontitis, please give us a call today.