Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses a series of custom-made, transparent aligners to move teeth into the desired position. It is often preferred over traditional wire braces because it is less noticeable and produces less torque. However, there is a rare phenomenon known as OIIRR (orthodontic induced inflammatory root resorption) that can occur with any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign. This article will discuss the potential for Invisalign to damage tooth roots and how to minimize the risk.
Orthodontics uses inflammation to move teeth, and this process can cause root resorption in some cases. Research has shown that patients with Invisalign tend to have fewer problems with root resorption than those with traditional braces, but it is still possible for OIIRR to occur. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent OIIRR from happening, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk.
IPR(interproximal reduction) is an important step in the Invisalign process that helps reduce friction between neighboring teeth and allows for smoother movement.
It is important to make sure that IPR is performed on time and all collisions are eliminated accordingly. Additionally, it is important to be careful when cleaning aligners and brushing teeth in order to reduce plaque buildup and gum inflammation. Invisalign aligners are removable, which makes them easier to clean than traditional braces. However, it is important to follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist in order to ensure that your aligners are cleaned properly and your teeth are not damaged.
Additionally, it is important to understand the limitations of the device and be aware of the potential for OIIRR before beginning treatment. In conclusion, Invisalign can be a safe and effective orthodontic treatment option for many people. However, it is important to understand the potential risks associated with any orthodontic treatment, including OIIRR. By following instructions provided by your orthodontist and being careful when cleaning aligners and brushing teeth, you can minimize the risk of damage to your tooth roots.