Can You Get Braces or Invisalign If You Have Gum Disease?

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may be wondering whether you should get braces or Invisalign. The truth is that you should wait until your gums have achieved optimal health before undergoing an orthodontic treatment.

Since gum disease raises the risk for heart disease and other serious complications, it’s important to focus on treating it before straightening your teeth through braces or Invisalign. Once your gum disease is under control and you are ready to improve your smile, Dr. Gladwell will likely recommend Invisalign.

Invisalign is a great option for patients who have had gum disease for a variety of reasons. Since Invisalign aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, it’s easier to keep the teeth and gums clean. This is crucial for you if you’ve had gum disease because your teeth and gums improve if you practice excellent oral hygiene. You could reduce your chances of tooth decay and keep your teeth shiny and white.

With Invisalign, you don’t need any special dental equipment to take care of your mouth and won’t have to worry about metal poking your mouth. If you choose Invisalign, you will also find that it will promote fresher breath. Since bad breath is an embarrassing side effect of gum disease, you may be excited to hear about this.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics Today

If you have gum disease and are unsure of whether you could benefit from Invisalign, we encourage you to contact our office today at (919) 453-6325. Raleigh Orthodontist Dr. Gladwell will evaluate your condition and inform you of your options.