Invisalign is like the knight in shining armor for those who want to discreetly straighten their teeth. But is it the cause of your gum receding from its line? Let’s find out.
Does Invisalign Make Your Gum Recede?
The answer is no; Invisalign is not a direct cause of gum recession. Dentists meticulously plan the movement of your teeth with Invisalign, taking into consideration the periodontium, which is the specialized tissue that supports our teeth.
However, when aligners move the teeth into new positions, there is some added pressure felt on the surrounding gums and bone, which may indirectly lead to minor gum recession. The good news is that it is mostly temporary and heals itself after aligner adjustment.
On the flip side, if you already have gum recession or thin oral mucosal tissues, you are at a higher risk of experiencing gum recession during Invisalign treatment. So, a thorough discussion about the potential risks before starting the treatment can save you a great deal of agony.
Main Causes of Gum Recession
There are multiple factors that contribute to this condition, some of which are known but not thought about often.
- Aggressive Brushing
Dentists recommend using soft-bristled toothbrushes as using hard ones or even brushing your teeth too vigorously can cause gum tissue movement and mild bleeding.
- Gum Disease
Bacterial infections, if left untreated from poor oral hygiene, can damage the gum tissue and lead to recession.
As we age, our gums naturally recede, making us more susceptible to gum diseases. So, as a rule of thumb, Invisalign or not, practice proper oral hygiene regime to steer clear of oral diseases and consequent gum tissue damage.
- Hormonal Changes
It is not always you. Normal bodily changes brought on by hormones, such as at the time of pregnancy, puberty, or menopause, gums become sensitive and prone to recession.
- Orthodontic Treatment
Both braces and aligner treatments can contribute to this issue. The movement of teeth makes the gum tissue pull away from the teeth.
- Tobacco Use
Chemicals in tobacco products (smoking or ingesting) increase the risk of developing gum diseases.
Treatment Options for Invisalign-Related Gum Recession
If you can see your gum receding from its original position on the tooth enamel due to Invisalign treatment, there are various options available that dentists can resort to for addressing this issue:
- Gum Grafting: This surgical procedure involves taking healthy tissue from one area of the mouth and transplanting it to the area where gum recession has occurred. This tissue helps cover the exposed root and prevents further damage.
- Periodontal Therapy: This treatment targets any underlying periodontal disease that may have contributed to gum recession. It usually involves deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing, along with antibiotic therapy.
Do you want to learn more about the Invisalign Treatment we offer? Get in touch with professionals from Precision Smile Dentistry at 963 Garrisonville Rd. #101, Stafford, VA 22556. Or, you can connect with us via call. Dial (540) 300-2255 for an appointment.