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You Asked, We Answered: Can I Get Cavities with Invisalign?

July 29, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmark @ 7:07 pm
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in every four adults has untreated tooth decay. Even more shocking, more than 90% of Americans have had at least one cavity by their 21st birthday. So, it’s not surprising it’s one of the most prevalent oral health concerns today. Since the clear aligners are custom-made to fit over your entire teeth, you may be wondering, “Can I get cavities with Invisalign?” To learn the answer read on!

So, Can I Get a Cavity with Invisalign?

In short, the answer is “yes.” Although your clear aligners cover your teeth, you need to remove them to eat. As a result, they are equally as vulnerable to decay. In fact, some might argue that you’re more susceptible since the trays can trap food particles and debris against your teeth. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Pain when biting down
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Brown, black, or white staining
  • Visible holes and pits on your teeth

What Happens If You Get a Cavity During Invisalign?

If any of the above symptoms do arise, then the best thing to do is reach out to your dentist right away. From there, they can take a look at your teeth and determine if a cavity is present. The next step will be to create a custom treatment plan designed to restore your tooth, usually with a filling or dental crown.

Although it may seem like the convenient option, it’s of the utmost importance that you don’t postpone your treatment. The longer you do, the more likely the decay is to worsen. Plus, with enough time, the damage can spread to your surrounding teeth and gums. So, don’t wait – schedule the necessary restorative care as soon as possible.

How To: Protect Your Teeth from Decay

Although tooth decay is certainly prevalent, it’s also largely preventable. To help keep your teeth strong and healthy throughout your Invisalign treatment, make sure to:

  • Brush and floss your teeth after each meal
  • Get a dental checkup and cleaning every six months
  • Keep your consumption of added sugar to a minimum
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything (other than water) with your aligners in
  • Avoid unhealthy dental habits, like smoking and chewing on ice
  • Eat plenty of nutrient-dense foods, like fresh fruit and cooked vegetables
  • Keep your aligners clean by rinsing and brushing them throughout the day

Although it is possible to get cavities with Invisalign, it’s also important to remember that you play a crucial role in preventing that from happening!

About the Author

With more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Jack Markusen has the experience, training, and passion needed to make your smile goals a reality. In addition to being a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he continually pursues additional training to constantly stay at the forefront of his field. As a result, he utilizes the latest technology, which helps make each treatment as smooth and efficient as possible. If you have a question about Invisalign or you’d like to find out if the clear aligners are right for you, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (843) 916-0990.