Can I Get Invisalign® if I’ve Had Gum Disease?

wondering manThe quick answer to this common question we hear all the time is – YES! Your ARCH orthodontist in Greater Boston will always tell you never to hesitate to call us with your questions or schedule a consultation so we can assess your smile needs and talk.

It’s estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that over half of Americans over the age of 30 have periodontitis – a more advanced form of periodontal or gum disease. That’s about 64.7 million Americans!  The good news is it’s treatable thanks to advancements in dentistry and dental technology.

Getting Rid of Gum Disease

If you been experiencing redness, bleeding, swelling, and painful gums, there’s a good chance they may need professional treatment at your dentist’s office. They have highly effective treatment options and solutions that can combat gum disease both in the office and at home. You’ll definitely want your gums to be in top-notch shape before you begin any orthodontic treatment at ARCH.

Once your gum disease therapy is underway, we can talk about your orthodontic options and determine whether Invisalign is an optimal solution to set your smile straight. We’ve found that Invisalign works well for patients who’ve had gum issues, but every smile is different, so it’s important you call your ARCH orthodontist in Greater Boston for a friendly consultation.

How Can Invisalign Help My Smile?

When you’ve had gum disease, you know it’s imperative always to keep teeth and gums clean so they can stay healthy. We’ve found that Invisalign is helpful with this because the BPA-free, clear aligners can be removed when it’s time to clean your teeth. During Invisalign treatment, gums and teeth can continue to heal while your smile gets straighter too!  When your teeth start to line up correctly, your gum health should also improve leading to a tighter grip on your teeth.

Forget About Bad Breath!

If you or someone in your family has battled gum disease, then you know that one of the unfortunate side effects can be bad breath. The good news is that with Invisalign aligners, you won’t have to worry about not brushing thoroughly compared to traditional metal braces that require brackets and wires. If you’re unable to brush or floss properly, gums can suffer, food can become trapped in your teeth, bacteria build up, and bad breath can come back. A removable orthodontic appliance like Invisalign is your ticket to a straight smile and healthy gums.

If you or your child has had gum disease or is a risk, it’s vital that you see your dentist to find a treatment solution that’s right for you. When you’re ready for a straight smile, contact your friendly neighborhood ARCH Orthodontics office in Brockton, Hyannis, Hyde Park, Stoughton, Canton, Orleans, Randolph, Bridgewater, and Westwood. We can take a look at your gums, your teeth, and your goals to determine if Invisalign is the right fit for you.

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