Although invisible braces are effective in straightening your teeth, they do put you at a higher risk for dental decay and cavities like every other type of braces. There are many areas covered by the invisible braces that can harbor plaque bacteria that promote cavities, and the presence of the braces prevents saliva from being able to adequately clean the surfaces of your teeth. If you are considering alignment therapy with invisible braces, here are 3 ways you can reduce your risk for cavities.
Use A Toothpaste Or Chew Gum Containing Xylitol
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is often found in gum, toothpaste and even candies. Surprisingly, studies have suggested using toothpaste that contains xylitol may actually help reduce the risk for cavities by 13%, as it increases saliva production and reduces the growth of certain bacterial colonies. If you cannot find toothpaste that contains xylitol in the grocery stores, look chewing gums that contain xylitol, as this may be just as effective.
Avoid Using Hollow-Head Toothbrushes
Not only should you clean your invisible braces on a daily basis to prevent bacteria from harbouring and pooling in certain areas, you also need to maintain perfect dental hygiene, as your teeth are at a higher risk for developing cavities. The type of toothbrush that you use may play a huge role.
Hollow-head electronic toothbrushes possess up to 3,000 times more bacterial growth on their surfaces in comparison to solid-head electronic and traditional toothbrushes. Consider disinfecting your toothbrush after every use and also allow the bristles to dry fully in order to prevent additional bacterial growth. Replace your toothbrushes regularly as well.
Consider The Traditional Technique Of Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient technique where you swish a tablespoon of coconut oil or sesame oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes making sure that oil reaches all corners of your mouth. Spit the oil out once you are done and brush your teeth as usual to get rid of any remaining oil. Studies have shown that oil pulling regularly can effectively reduce colonies of Streptococcus mutans -- the bacteria that causes cavities – in your mouth.
If you are considering using invisible braces or any other alignment therapy treatments, you will need to be more diligent in your dental health routine, as your teeth are more susceptible to developing cavities. On top of maintaining a clean dental environment, you should also watch what you eat and avoid processed foods or foods containing high levels of sugar.