Unfortunately, the chance of experiencing an Invisalign® allergy is a real possibility for some dental patients who undergo this particular procedure to straighten their misaligned teeth. To date, the reported occurrences of this happening are few and far between, indicating that most patients will not have any kind of allergic response at all. To most people the possibility of developing an Invisalign® allergy seems like a farfetched idea or joke. However, it does occur.
What Triggers an Invisalign® Allergy?
Most cases of the reported cases of Invisalign® allergy are actually caused by a reaction to the plastic used to fabricate the Invisalign® trays. More specifically, the presence of the plastic in the mouth affects the production of saliva, which leads to increased sensitivity of the soft tissues of the mouth (gums, tongue, and inner cheeks). The reduction in saliva disrupts the natural cleansing process of the mouth and causes irritation.
Are There Any Symptoms to Watch for with Invisalign® Allergy?
As with most allergies, a few symptoms can occur. The mildest ones include an itching sensation on the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth, including the roof of the mouth, tongue, and inner cheeks. Generally, the itching sensation persists. Sometimes, this symptom dissipates temporarily while eating or immediately after brushing the teeth. In cases where the patient seems to have a severe allergy to Invisalign®, the tongue and/or gums might become swollen, or the patient might experience an unpleasant burning sensation in the mouth.
What Steps Can You Take to Minimize the Symptoms of Your Invisalign® Allergy?
Drinking water can assist patients experiencing Invisalign® allergy with keeping their mouth clean. In turn, this should help to minimise the irritation and sensitivity caused from wearing this style of braces. Some dental professionals also recommend that patients who believe they have an Invisalign® allergy get their teeth professionally cleaned every three months to reduce sensitivity to the plastic trays.
How Can I Tell if I Have an Invisalign® Allergy?
In order to determine whether or not your symptoms are related to an Invisalign® allergy, you can take your trays out for a few days after consulting your dentist. Unfortunately, doing so is going to disrupt your progress in straightening out your teeth.