Dentist to Prevent Complications

Invisalign DentistYou should always work with an Invisalign® dentist if you are planning to use this system to straighten your teeth. Understanding the process of getting this seamless and easy to use brace alternative has become easier than ever. Working with a professional, you can get the look you want for your teeth and have a winning smile. Using Invisalign®, your teeth can be straighter than ever without having to go through the adjustments, the pain, and the inconvenience of traditional braces. That being said; many of patients have questions about the process, including what risks are associated with using the system. The important thing to note is that there are no permanent risks associated with Invisalign®, and certainly none that cannot be avoided with some precautions and staying under the care of a certified dentist.

One of the most serious conditions to be aware of, and one that can occur on rare occasions, is Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ). Diagnosing TMJ is extremely easy, given its symptoms. Somebody who has TMJ would show symptoms that include soreness of the jaw, tiredness of the face, swelling, and difficulty opening their mouth. If you have any combination of these symptoms, it is important to contact us right away. It should be pointed out that TMJ is extremely rare in patients using Invisalign® and is mentioned here as the most extreme scenario.

Tooth vitality is another concern that has been brought to light. As an Invisalign® dentist, we watch for this problem and can typically prevent it by examining your teeth and performing necessary procedures to treat infection before starting the Invisalign® treatment. The basic purpose of Invisalign® is to realign your teeth and to do this aligners are placed over your teeth. These devices gradually shift the positioning of your teeth so that, eventually, they are complete straight. If one or more of your teeth have previously sustained some kind of injury, there is always a possibility of nerve damage. When these teeth are placed into the Invisalign system, there is a risk of further damaging the nerve. To offset this, we will take steps to mitigate the risk and may advise having a root canal or restorative surgery before starting the procedure.

Root resorption has also been known to occur during the course of the Invisalign® treatment plan. In order to work, Invisalign® causes a cellular response within the roots of the teeth allowing them to move. This cellular response can occasionally cause the tooth’s root to be damaged in the end. As an Invisalign® dentist, we can identify and correct this very quickly. However, if root resorption goes unchecked, it can ultimately cause tooth loss. You should also be aware that damage from root resorption can occur after the treatment is over and make sure to stay in our care.

All of these are rare. The most common side effect of Invisalign® is having sore gums, lips, and cheeks while getting used to wearing the aligners. This is temporary and typically goes away within a couple of days.

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