Although I floss and brush my teeth daily, I still need root canals on two teeth. I’m frustrated because my dentist started my Invisalign treatment 2 months ago. And how I’m having problems with my teeth. One tooth had a filling that failed that the other tooth had a crown on it. Both teeth were getting sensitive. My dentist and I decide to do the root canals, let my teeth relax, and resume Invisalign. I’m worried about my teeth because I’m only 31 years old. I also grind my teeth at night. But I don’t want to go through orthodontic treatment, spend thousands of dollars on it, and still need extractions because I have bad teeth. Micah from Denton
Tooth decay can occur even if you maintain good oral hygiene—especially if you grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth puts stress on them and can make them sensitive.
It’s worth it to interrupt Invisalign treatment to take care of your teeth. Otherwise, pressure from the aligners as they move your teeth can cause more irritation. And a tooth infection will progress, so it’s best to rest it right away.
Successful root canal treatments last a lifetime. You don’t need to worry about losing your teeth and wasting money on orthodontic treatment. Proper tooth alignment promotes better oral health.
Our advice is that you continue to receive good dental care. It sounds like your dentist is concerned about your oral health. Let her follow through with root canal treatment and stabilizing your oral health. You can resume Invisalign with healthy teeth.
Improving Your Oral Health with Invisalign
Reduces snacking – You’ll wear the aligners about 22 hours each day. The aligners can help you limit snacking throughout the day and deter tooth decay.
Correct alignment decreases teeth grinding – If you think your teeth-grinding habit is getting worse, speak with your dentist about your concerns. But your teeth-grinding habit can improve with proper alignment of your teeth and bite.
Rekha Reddy, DDS of Dallas, TX, sponsors this post.