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Can Invisalign Clear Aligners Cause Cavities?

Invisalign® is a fantastic option for those who want straighter teeth and a more even smile. A 2018 study found 70% of patients had positive responses to their appearance and ability to chew more easily after going through this treatment. 

But some patients worry about the possibility of cavities. Can Invisalign cause cavities? And if so, how can the issue be prevented? 

We offer many treatments at Downtown Dental Studio, ranging from general health to cosmetic. Our providers — Fadi Beydoun, DMD, MS, Alexander Kimon, DMD, and Karina Zaygermakher, DMD — highly recommend Invisalign for both these reasons and the general safety and ease of use associated with the product.  

The pros and cons of Invisalign  

Most people know Invisalign aligners are clear, plastic ones that you wear about 22 hours a day. They can be removed whenever you need to eat, drink, or perform your daily oral health routines, but other than that, you wear them all the time, even while sleeping! 

Invisalign is easy to use and tailored to your teeth, requiring you to receive new aligners as your teeth move into their proper places. And yes, it is relatively invisible, a benefit many people who don’t like the look of traditional braces enjoy.  

Conversely, Invisalign can be expensive, but it may be covered by your insurance, depending on your needs. Some patients find the product uncomfortable, but no more so than regular braces. Our patients are usually delighted with their choice to use Invisalign. 

Invisalign and cavities: Is there a correlation? 

Still, some patients come to us worried about oral health. They often mention a friend or family member who had Invisalign or read that the aligners can increase one’s chances of getting cavities. But this isn’t the case. 

In truth, Invisalign is not known to cause cavities. The product has been shown to promote better periodontal health, and of course, several oral health benefits are associated with the realignment of malocclusion. So why do people worry about cavities with Invisalign? 

Oral health and Invisalign 

Proper oral care is always necessary. You should get dental cleanings every six months and continue to perform daily rituals to keep your mouth healthy. These include brushing twice a day, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash once a day. 

When you wear Invisalign, it’s essential to continue these practices. In addition, you must also brush your teeth after every meal before replacing your aligners. You will also need to clean your aligners, typically twice daily before bed and when you wake up. 

If you don’t obey these rules, it could be easier for food and other particles to become trapped between your aligners and your teeth, causing plaque, tartar, and eventually, yes, cavities. But if you follow the rules of Invisalign use, you won’t experience any problems.  

Get Invisalign and see your smile light up! 

We recommend Invisalign to anyone with malocclusion, especially those who have trouble eating and chewing. Better alignment improves your oral health overall, and it will make you feel and look your best. 

Give us a call at 212-964-3337 or make an online appointment. We’re located in the Financial District in New York City, New York. 

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