If you Are considering Invisalign as a way to straighten your teeth, You’ve probably read that this sort of aligner tray can straighten your teeth without all the aggravations that come from braces. While that’s partially true, you’ve also probably heard that side effects are possible with Invisalign. Here’s everything you need to know about whether you can have an allergic reaction to Invisalign.
the reality is that it’s extremely unlikely. Like most rare allergic reactions, only a small subset of the population will experience even mild irritation. For most people, Invisalign will do nothing other than straighten your teeth.
For the unlucky few, the issue only somewhat relates to the product. Some people have a saliva issue. The inside of their mouth doesn’t produce enough of this moisture. In such instances, a product such as Invisalign is a source of irritation. Its presence prevents the production and circulation of saliva. Others struggle with the plastic used in the product. So, technically, Invisalign isn’t the cause of the irritation. It’s the trigger.
When you have a plastic allergy, any contact you make will trigger a reaction. The point of Invisalign is that it’s plastic and not metal. That allows it to appear transparent, hiding the fact that you wear braces. Since the aligner trays go on top of your teeth, they’re in constant contact with the interior parts of your mouth. Your tongue, gums, and teeth are all subject to irritation from the plastic allergy.
Before taking any steps, you should consult with your dentist. Tell him or her that you are fearful of an allergic reaction. Your dentist will have had some experience with the problem and can offer guidance on how to proceed. A plastic test would be the first step.
The dentist will ask you to take a small piece of the same material used in Invisalign and, with a piece of tape, attach the plastic to your skin. Then, you’ll wear it for a few days. If your skin experiences a reaction, you have an allergy to the main substance in Invisalign so, using the product could cause problems. If your skin doesn’t react to the plastic, you’re among the overwhelming majority of people who have no issues with Invisalign. You shouldn’t try this test without supervision from your dentist, though.
Your dentist is unlikely to recommend the removal of Invisalign to test for allergies. The explanation for this is that you’ll reset the effort of straightening your teeth if you don’t wear the product for a few days. A dentist will only suggest this option if he or she is worried about a serious allergy.
If you are one of the unlucky few to experience an allergic reaction, you’re most likely to notice in small ways. Your mouth will feel more sensitive than normal. Your teeth, gums, and tongue will tingle or itch. You also might suffer twinges of pain. Anyone who suffers from a more extreme reaction should speak with a dentist immediately. Reactions are almost always mild. If you’re suffering more, something else is probably the cause.
In the rarest exceptions where an extreme plastic allergy occurs, tell your dentist immediately. The signs of an extreme allergy include breathing issues, hyperventilation troubles, and chest pain. You’ll need medical attention. Your dentist will also probably suggest that you stop using Invisalign.