Gum disease is an infection of the support system for your teeth, which is your bone and gums. The infection attacks your soft tissue and jawbone, eliminating that support and resulting in tooth loss in severe cases.
In its early stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease; unfortunately, there's no cure. Gum disease weakens your bone, and moving your teeth can exacerbate it if you are not successfully managing it.
However, it's possible to complete Invisalign treatment if you're managing gum disease, but it's essential to get it under control first to avoid further damage to your teeth.
Your dentist can help you control your periodontitis with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, and additional professional teeth cleanings throughout the year.
The best way to determine if Invisalign is safe and the proper treatment for you is to visit our dentists for an evaluation. During this time, they will take photos and x-rays, and provide a thorough examination to evaluate your dental health, and decide if Invisalign in Madison is the best treatment to help you reach your smile goals.
If you're interested in learning more about invisible braces with Invisalign, contact Gibson Dental at (256) 724-3530.