Invisalign is a popular way for my patients to straighten their teeth. Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are far more discreet and cause fewer disruptions in a patient’s life. Patients can remove Invisalign to eat, drink, brush, and floss and effectively straighten their teeth in about a year.
Recently, some patients have asked me whether Invisalign can affect their sinuses. I explained that Invisalign should not affect their sinuses but if they notice any changes in their sinuses, there are several steps they can take.
They should call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room if they believe they are having a life-threatening reaction. It’s also important for them to tell their orthodontist who can perform a thorough evaluation of their mouth. An orthodontist may find that they have developed a bite or jaw issue or are facing halitosis, which is chronic bad breath.
I also encourage patients who are experiencing sinus problems to make sure their aligners are free of bacteria by cleaning them with a germ-killing product. Patients should also avoid touching their aligners or touching their mouth unless their hands are completely clean.
Patients who keep their aligners in a case should keep it clean to avoid an overgrowth of bacteria. I can contact Align Technologies, the manufacturer of Invisalign, if necessary to report the problem.
Invisalign is 100% safe and designed to help patients from all walks of life achieve beautiful smiles without hurting their sinuses.