January 10, 2018
While it is extremely unlikely, it is possible for people to have an allergic reaction to Invisalign’s clear aligners. How is this? It’s because of the plastic that clear aligners are made out of. In order to keep her patients safe, your dentist is writing about the possible triggers to look out for and how serious they can get when they occur.
As much as she would like for you to get a straighter smile with Invisalign in Bowie, it’s not worth it if it means putting you through unnecessary trauma. The next time you visit your dentist, ask her about the test used to confirm a plastic allergy before investing in clear aligners.
What are the Triggers for a Plastic Allergy?
The first time you place a clear aligner in your mouth, any contact should trigger the side effects. Since it’s possible to have an allergic reaction to plastic, Invisalign’s plastic clear aligners are an easy way to trigger a reaction. If the aligner comes into contact with any interior parts of your mouth, including your tongue, gums, and teeth, it can cause irritation.
To prevent this unexpected reaction, ask your cosmetic dentist in Bowie to administer a plastic test. They’ll ask you to take a small piece of the same material used for Invisalign and attach it your skin with tape. After you wear it for a few days, your skin should experience a reaction if you are allergic. If it doesn’t, then you are part of the majority of people who have no problem using plastic products.
How Serious are the Side Effects?
If you are allergic to plastic, you’ll experience side effects in subtle ways. This includes:
- Your mouth feeling more sensitive than normal
- A tingling sensation in your teeth, gums, and tongue
- Twinges of pain
In extremely rare cases, the reaction can be more serious. You most likely won’t have to, but should you experience these symptoms after using Invisalign in Bowie, speak with a dentist immediately. They include:
- Breathing issues
- Chest pain
Your dentist will ask you to stop using Invisalign and seek medical attention. Extreme symptoms like that are usually indicative that something else is wrong.
How Do You Stop a Mild Allergic Reaction?
If you experience a mild reaction to Invisalign, your dentist in Bowie has a few methods to reduce your symptoms. To replace the saliva lost as a result of the reaction, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Another trick is to see your dentist every three months rather than every six months for cleanings. This will help reduce the irritation and promote a higher production of saliva.
While it is unlikely, an allergic reaction to anything should be addressed right away. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to confirm you aren’t allergic to Invisalign in Bowie.
About the Author
Dr. Clarine Green Hightower earned her dental degree from Howard University and completed her advanced general residency in the Washington Metropolitan area. She’s also a 2017 Invisalign Preferred Provider, proving she’s dedicated to helping patients achieve a straighter and healthier smile. To learn more about her Invisalign treatments and practice, contact her at (301) 262-2624 or visit her website.
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