You're right that the people who have cavities with Invisalign are the ones who will be reporting it. Invisalign does take a lot of discipline as even a day or two with food trapped in the aligners can lead to the start of decay.
Thanks for sharing this info, Dr Tam.
Is it okay to floss just once a day as long as brushing always occurs, even if it means that some food may be hidden in the gums between the teeth while the aligners are on? I'm pretty good (I think) about brushing away surface stuff but food particles get in the gaps between the teeth so I've been flossing alot. But..I'm getting weary of all the flossing. I can handle brushing well after every meal and am hoping that I could restrict the flossing to end of the day. Maybe floss an extra time or two daily if something messy and fibrous like red meat is devoured.
Is this a sound plan for avoiding cavities?
I'm going to be in InvisAlign awhile so I want to do my best to prevent cavities, but also minimize what I need to be doing so I don't get worn out!
Keep in mind that not flossing away food between the teeth may make the teeth contacts particularly tight, in turn making it harder for the aligners to move the teeth.
I'd say that it would be a good idea to floss anytime you feel anything tough like meat, but make sure your brushing is extremely thorough. Personally, I don't feel like my teeth are very clean without flossing, and didn't want to put my aligners back in without doing so.
Interestingly enough, I wrote a blog entry about this very topic at the beginning of this month! http://markhamortho.blogspot.ca/2012/03 ... o-how.html
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