Clear braces have become increasingly popular over the years due to their discreet appearance and ability to straighten teeth without the need for traditional metal braces. However, what many people may not realize is that clear braces can also have a positive impact on periodontal health. In this article, we will explore the relationship between clear braces and periodontal health, and how clear braces can help maintain healthy gums.
First, let’s define what periodontal disease and health is:
Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis/gum disease is when there is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and the bone supporting the teeth.Â
Periodontal health refers to the health of the gums, soft tissue and other supporting structures of the teeth. When these structures are healthy, they can help keep the teeth in place and prevent tooth loss. However, when the gums become infected or inflamed, by the wide range of inflammatory illnesses known as periodontal diseases, which damage the periodontium, it can lead to gum disease, which can destroy the bone that supports your teeth and consequently cause tooth loss and other serious health complications. Our oral health can be adversely affected.
So how then do clear braces help?
For starters, traditional orthodontic appliances such as metal braces and wires, might increase the risk of periodontal disease and dental cavities in individuals by generating a lot of plaque retention sites. Now, let’s look at how clear braces can help maintain healthy gums.
1. They Are Easy To Clean
One of the main benefits of clear braces is that they are easier to clean than traditional metal braces. This is because clear braces are made of a smooth, clear plastic material that does not trap food particles or bacteria like metal braces can. As a result, there is less risk of plaque buildup and gum inflammation.
2. They Can Correct Bite Issues
Additionally, clear braces can help correct bite issues that can contribute to periodontal disease. When the teeth are misaligned, it can create pockets between the teeth and gums where bacteria can thrive. By straightening the teeth with clear braces, these pockets can be eliminated, making it easier to keep the gums clean and healthy.
3. They Reduce The Risk Of Tooth Decay
Another way clear braces can benefit periodontal health is by reducing the risk of tooth decay. When the teeth are crowded or crooked, it can be difficult to clean them properly, which can lead to cavities. By straightening the teeth with clear braces, it becomes easier to brush and floss effectively, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
4. Less likely to Cause Gum Irritation
It’s also worth noting that clear braces are less likely to cause gum irritation than traditional metal braces. This is because clear braces do not have any sharp edges or protruding wires that can rub against the gums and cause discomfort. This can be especially beneficial for patients who are prone to gum sensitivity or have a history of periodontal disease.
Ongoing irritation eventually causes deep pockets to form between your gums and teeth. These pockets fill with plaque, tartar and bacteria and become deeper over time. If not treated, these deep infections cause a loss of tissue and bone. Eventually you may lose one or more teeth. Also, ongoing inflammation can put a strain on your immune system, causing other health problems.
5. They Reduce Costs in the Long Run
But what about the cost of clear braces? While clear braces in some clinics, may be more expensive than traditional metal braces, they can actually save patients money in the long run by reducing the risk of periodontal disease and other oral health complications. By investing in clear braces, patients can avoid costly dental treatments down the road, such as gum surgery or tooth replacement.
Of course, it’s important to note that clear braces are not a substitute for good oral hygiene habits. Patients with clear braces still need to brush and floss regularly, and visit their dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. However, by choosing clear braces, patients can give themselves a head start on maintaining healthy gums and teeth.
In conclusion, clear braces can have a positive impact on periodontal health by making it easier to maintain healthy gums, reducing the risk of tooth decay, and correcting bite issues that can contribute to periodontal disease.Â Clear braces can ultimately save patients money by reducing the need for costly dental treatments in the future. If you’re considering clear braces, feel free to talk to Dr. Safavi or your local dentist or orthodontist about how they can benefit your periodontal health.
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