Aligners And Your Gum Health

Invisalign and your gum health

invisalign can help straighten your teeth but requires good gum health

gum disease affects the foundation of your gum and bone.

This means that gum disease can pose a significant threat to oral hygiene and general healthcare.

It is absolutely imperative that your gum condition and state is stabilized prior to any form of orthodontic treatment.

An orthodontic consultation is essential, so our Invisalign dentists can accurately depict if straightening your teeth is possible with Invisalign and see if any other oral issues like gum disease need correcting.

Often the result of gum disease can negatively impact all, and otherwise usually, successful dental treatments; this is because gum disease can affect the integrity of the hold on the teeth, perhaps even causing the teeth to become loose.

gum disease & invisalign: the facts

Gum disease can impact a person’s mouth to varying degrees.

We must establish the level of gum disease present before commencing any teeth straightening treatment and take specific measures to correct it. What’s great about Invisalign is that it can strengthen your oral foundation and help keep gum disease at bay.

The aligners are removed to eat, drink, floss and teeth brushing.

You are also required to brush your teeth after every meal, which prevents food from teeth being stuck in your teeth, converting into bacteria and causing gum disease. The plastic barrier also prevents saliva from reaching the gums.

the effects of gum disease on invisalign

All forms of orthodontic treatment involve moving the teeth.

When the foundation that holds teeth in place is already unstable, the additional forces of the orthodontic treatment that move the teeth can cause unpredictable movement in the tooth or teeth.

This leads to unwanted tooth movement and unpredictable treatment outcomes.

The forces applied in orthodontic treatment may even exacerbate the gum disease and worsen it.

your complete guide to invisalign

Thinking of pursuing the treatment? Below are helpful links and resources to educate you fully about the innovative treatment.

The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements with a Computerised Photographic Assessment to help you understand the possibilities.

We are at this stage, able to assist you with potential options available to you.

Depending on your requirements we can customize and tailor-make individual treatments plan to suit your needs and budgets.

We can also provide you with a computer-aided smile analysis and a handcrafted Trial Preview, to gives you the opportunity to see your smile before we even touch your teeth.

We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long-lasting, comfortable and healthy final result.

what bite problems invisalign treats

Invisalign treatment can be used to widely correct many orthodontic issues.

The procedure solves oral problems like:

  • Overcrowding, which causes crooked teeth
  • Diastema; spaces between teeth
  • Overjets
  • Narrow buccal corridors also referred to as narrow smiles/arches
  • Underbites
  • Rotated teeth
  • Crossbite

For the best results, you will be required to wear your aligners for 22 hours each day. They can be removed to eat, drink, floss and brush.

Yes, in order to avoid retention, retainers are to be worn following treatment – the length of time will vary from patient to patient and will be advised by the dentist during your consultation.

Invisalign timeline and steps

  • STEP 1: Comprehensive Assessment
  • STEP 2: Digital 3D CliniCheck Simulation
  • STEP 3: Personalised Aligner Manufacture
  • STEP 4: Fitting of Aligner
  • STEP 5: Review and Adjustment
  • STEP 6: Fixed & Vivera Retainer
  • STEP 7: Review
  • STEP 8: Refinement and Enhancement

We know that seeing is believing and with Invisalign SmileView, you can do exactly that; see your new smile.

All you need to do is upload a photo of yourself smiling to Invisalign in order to see how powerful the aligners could be to transform your smile and teeth.

You can upload via your mobile device and laptop and in just 30 seconds you can visualise what your smile could look like.

Take your selfie.

When visiting our practice for a consultation, we will show you a computer-generated simulation of your smile, so please do bear in mind that we will do extra work here to meet your requirements and expectations, so our results may vary slightly. But rest assured, the results will be great!

  • Removable
  • Invisible
  • Strengthens oral health
  • Does not disrupt the day-to-day
  • Treatment is done at home and in private
  • Fewer dental appointments
  • Monthly orthodontic readjustments
  • More comfortable
  • Powerful
  • Results are noticeable in just a few weeks
  • Faster
  • No wires, no brackets, no bands and no metal

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An unparalleled level of patient trust: Dr Rahul Doshi is the founder of the Perfect Smile and is the current President of the BACD. He is also rated one of the top 50 influential dentists in the UK.

With over 25 years of experience, Perfect Smile Studios has a highly skilled team that has access to the latest dental technology.

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One of the best Invisalign providers in not just the UK, but Europe. This status means the practice has completed hundreds and hundreds of Invisalign cases making them one of the most experienced Invisalign doctors.

Some discomfort can be experienced when wearing them for the first time as your mouth get used to them, however, this is nothing compared to the discomfort experienced when braces are tightened or placed. Made from SmartTrack materials, Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and non-disruptive to daily lives or activities.

You will be provided with spares in case this happens! However, if you have lost your spare you should get in touch with us immediately so we can organise for a new one to be sent to you.

accurate orthodontic consultations

For this reason, a detailed gum assessment will be incorporated into your Invisalign consultation. During this process, we will also look for any other oral health issues that may affect your treatment. We will highlight the condition of your teeth and gums in this evaluation and determine any disorders that may be affecting your mouth’s function. From here, our consultants can better advise the stages needed to proceed. Sometimes preliminary work will be required to stabilise the infection. But it means that you will have a better treatment, a more comfortable procedure and a higher chance of avoiding retention. We will incorporate this into your treatment plan to create the best and most affordable outcome for you.

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prevention of gum disease

prevention of gum disease

  • The Invisalign aligner trays are specially constructed to sit above the gum line – this makes them healthier since they do not trap plaque over the gums, helping you avoid gum disease symptoms.
  • It is the product of choice for people with gum issues that are being maintained or managed.
  • If you are at risk of gum disease or if there is a need, we will prescribe a home oral care regime that will help you to keep gum disease at bay. Also, we will advise a post-treatment plan so that we can monitor your teeth and gums to ensure that the condition does not creep back.
  • Many of our patients feel more secure and reassured when in this prevention program.

Please ask for more information if you are concerned about your teeth or gums.

We would be happy to help advise.

Phone: 01992 827024

avoid mail-order aligners

Many new companies try to mimic Invisalign braces.

However, Invisalign clear aligners use a SmartTrack strong material that is unused by anyone else.

Mail-order aligners can undoubtedly affect the speed and movement of teeth, which can disappoint patients who expect treatments to be faster.

There is also a higher likelihood that you will develop gum disease or cavities from these cheaper alternatives – this is often because an orthodontist cannot identify any possible future problems. After all, they are not present to carry out your treatment or examine your teeth.

healthy gums

If you have oral issues such as overcrowding or teeth that are too widely spaced, this can lead to periodontal disease. Some signs of periodontal disease are swollen gums and redness. Spot the signs and symptoms here. Based on evidence from clinical studies, we know that when teeth are correctly aligned, it helps the gums fit tighter around the teeth. Eventually, this leads to better periodontal health. Invisalign’s aim and most significant success is its ability to align teeth. So your gum health is likely to improve due to using the treatment. You have the advantage of being able to brush and generally floss, unlike traditional braces, which makes it easier to prevent alternative oral hygiene issues. You can book a complimentary consultation appointment at one of our consulting rooms in London or Hertfordshire. Call us on 01992 827024 for more information on how we can help you. See also

compare invisalign against other brace systems

ConsiderationsInvisalignTraditional Braces
DurationWorn 22 hours a day (3-12 months)Cemented 24/7 (18 months)
MaintenanceAligners need to be kept clean by brushing and rinsingBrush teeth whilst wearing braces and floss
AppointmentsInitial consultation, fitting appointment and reviewRegular visits to get braces tightened and final removal
AftercareRequires a retainerRequires a retainer
Ideal forChildren, teens and adultsComplex dental problems

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