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Three Common Dental Problems: Are They Compatible With Invisible Braces?

Not everyone has perfect teeth or oral health. But does that mean that you can't benefit from invisible braces, also known as Invisalign? In most cases, you'll be happy to hear that you can still use invisible braces. Here's what you should know about three common dental conditions and how they get along with invisible braces.

Dental Fillings

If you've ever had a cavity, then you have a dental filling. Dental fillings are used to plug up the holes that cavities leave behind after all the decayed material is removed by a dentist. But do invisible braces cause problems with fillings?

It's understandable if you have concerns about this. Traditional braces sometimes don't work well with teeth containing fillings because so much tension is required on the dental brackets that keep the braces in place. If these overlap with a filling, they can potentially pull that filling out. But that's not the case with invisible braces.

Invisible braces, instead of being attached to teeth, cover teeth. They wrap around from one side of the tooth to the other and are able to move teeth because it's one big piece covering all the teeth. As a result, most teeth with dental fillings are perfectly compatible with invisible braces.

Gum Disease

Another common concern is gum disease. While it's a good idea to get your gum disease treated before you get invisible braces, there's nothing stopping you from getting your gum disease treated after. Gum disease doesn't have much of an impact on invisible braces, and vice versa. Since you can take invisible braces off at night and in the morning when you care for your teeth, you'll be able to clean your teeth and gums efficiently without any additional concerns.

Teeth Sensitivity

Last, what about teeth sensitivity? If you've recently developed teeth sensitivity and don't know why, you should get that checked out first, as a lot of different conditions can cause this problem. However, if you've had dental sensitivity for a long time and already know from your dentist that your teeth are otherwise in good shape, it shouldn't pose a problem for invisible braces.

Actually, you may benefit from invisible braces while sipping beverages throughout your day. You'll keep your invisible braces on when you drink, and they'll help to reduce sensitivity by providing an extra layer of protection between the fluid and your teeth. So you might actually feel less discomfort than you normally would while wearing invisible braces!