If you’re thinking about starting your Invisalign treatment and started researching the pros and cons, you’ve likely come across one rather concerning topic:
In this blog article, we’ll take a closer look at Invisalign's effect on the gums, and how likely you are to get bleeding gums if you opt for this type of treatment.
In Some Cases, Invisalign Can Cause Gum Bleeding
Right off the bat, you should know that yes, the Invisalign aligners can cause a little bit of bleeding in the gum area. Invisalign trays help correct different types of tooth alignment issues and slowly pull the teeth back into their most optimal position.
As the teeth move, the gum area is affected by this change as well, and it can take a bit of time to get used to the new position of the tooth. This can create gum sensitivity and even minor bleeding in some cases. The risk is higher when you change the aligners or if you talk a lot while wearing them.
But, you should know that not everyone wearing the aligners will experience bleeding, and even if you do, it will usually go away in a few days as the gums adapt. If the bleeding doesn’t stop or you notice it is intensifying, contact your orthodontist right away and book a consultation.
How to Manage Bleeding Caused by Invisalign
It’s important to maintain good dental hygiene while following your Invisalign treatment. However, bleeding or tender gums can make that a bit difficult, so here are a few tips that can help:
Switch to a Soft bristle Brush - Softer brushes can help you stay on top of your dental hygiene while being gentle on your temporarily sensitive gums.
Brush Gently - Don’t overdo it with your technique, as this can make gum bleeding a bit worse. Brush your teeth after every meal gently, and be careful around the gum line.
Clean Your Aligners Rigorously - Since your aligners are worn for 20-22 hours every day, all bacteria in the trays are trapped next to your teeth and your gums. This increases your risk of decay, gingivitis, and other problems that can be avoided by cleaning your trays.
Pay Attention to What You Eat for a Few Days - Hard foods are not ideal when you have bleeding or sensitive gums, so consider switching your diet temporarily to soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing, such as soups or purées.
Find Out If Invisalign Is Right for You at Robinson Township Smiles
If you’re interested in Invisalign or another method to straighten your teeth and improve both their appearance and function, the Robinson Township Smiles team is here to help!
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Rupert today or call our office directly at (412) 859-3833 to find out more about how we can help.