Clear Aligners May Increase Tooth Decay Risk

Simple Solution for Orthodontic Patients May Reduce Dental Bills
By: Empire Concepts Inc
pH7Smile Dental Gel- 50ML
pH7Smile Dental Gel- 50ML
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - June 9, 2023 - PRLog -- With millions of people wearing clear aligners or orthodontic retainers many would be surprised to learn a recent study from Singapore supported by a grant from Align Technology Inc. suggests the appliances may create conditions favorable for bacterial growth and dental decay. While orthodontic treatment is often sold as a way to reduce decay the opposite may be true. Decay rates are often higher for patients both during active treatment and following during the retention stage as compared to people who do not get treated. A novel invention -use of a patented xylitol-baking soda gel inside orthodontic appliances- may reverse the trend and offer hope of decay reduction.

Many factors affect an orthodontic patient's decay risk besides brushing and flossing effectiveness. Clear appliances block the natural flow of protective salvia around the teeth and some factors can make the conditions even worse including:
  • Acid reflux -stomach contents can leak up under appliances and cause severe damage. Many are unaware that late night snacks-even drinking water before bed can increase reflux.
  • Dry mouth from diseases including diabetes and Sjogren's syndrome.
  • Medication-induced xerostomia - a side effect of hundreds of prescription medications.
  • Recreational drug use - 'cotton mouth' from marijuana.
  • Drinking sugary and/or acidic beverages while wearing orthodontic appliances -soda pop and wine are common examples.
  • Nicotine products including vape and pouch delivery systems cause reduced saliva production.
On the positive side baking soda neutralizes acid and xylitol reduces overgrowth of harmful bacterial strains associated with dental decay. Cavity reduction from regular use of xylitol products is believed to be comparable to fluoride. Studies are needed to confirm the belief that use of a protective baking soda- xylitol gel inside orthodontic appliances will reduce dental decay. Users of the dental gel products typically report having a fresher mouth in the morning.

The maker of several of these products including pH7Smile and Retainer Gel is interested in collaborating on research in this area of interest which would be an excellent orthodontic graduate project. Wearing retainer may some day prove to have benefits beyond just keeping teeth straight.

Orthodontists and other dental professionals interested in a list of studies related to this topic may visit or The patented product was independently tested and selected for a best new product award by the Clinicians Report and is now available in various container sizes including sample size syringes which may be custom labelled with office information.

Empire Concepts Inc. - R Hagen

Source:Empire Concepts Inc
Tags:Invisalign, Tooth Decay, Xylitol
Location:Ft. Lauderdale - Florida - United States
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