Avoid Gum Disease with Invisalign

Braces aren’t exactly a glamorous “coming of age” step for teenagers- or for anyone who has to wear them. Unlike your first car, nobody jumps up and down in joy when they realize that metal braces will be their fate for the next two years. But beyond the unattractive appearance, braces can also be a step in the wrong direction when it comes to the health of your gums.

The Link Between Braces and Periodontal Disease

We are all familiar with the set-up of traditional braces- bulky, hard wires that line the teeth to push them into proper alignment. While they are effective in straightening severely misaligned teeth, this method also makes it hard for patients to properly clean the teeth. This increases the risk of developing gum disease. In fact, an adult orthodontic patient has a 50/50 percent chance of developing periodontal disease and the chance increases significantly during treatment!


Patients with braces have a difficult time thoroughly cleaning the mouth since it is easy for food debris to get stuck around the wires. Teeth can also become sore from the pressure of the braces which means some patients forgo brushing their teeth altogether to avoid the pain. Simply put, it is very difficult to maintain your oral health while wearing braces.

Avoid Gum Disease with Invisalign

Fortunately, at Smile Creations we offer a revolutionary method of straightening teeth that makes it easy to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy! With Invisalign, patients can simply remove the plastic aligners to brush the teeth as they would normally. This method uses plastic, removable aligners that push the teeth gently into correct alignment.

There are several benefits of using Invisalign as opposed to the traditional metal braces:

  • they are clear and much less noticeable than metal braces
  • they allow you to clean teeth thoroughly since you can easily remove them for flossing and brushing
  • they eliminate the painful tightening sessions necessary with braces
  • they are made of smooth plastic that will not irritate the cheeks, gums or tongue

Invisalign is an effective way to achieve a straighter smile. If you are interested in learning whether this system is right for you, visit us at Smile Creations or call us today at (512) 280-8800 to set up your consultation with our dentist. Don’t risk the health of your gums with traditional braces- instead choose Invisalign for better oral health and a straighter smile!