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In this video, Dr. Nemeth discusses some of the things that can cause gum recession.

Can Invisalign Cause Gum Recession?

Orthodontic movement, such as braces or Invisalign, can make you more susceptible to gum recession. 

Conventional Ortho has greater capability to cause recession than Invisalign. Rapid movement of the teeth in the jaw bone is more likely to cause recession than slow/minor movement.
Other oral health risks

Invisalign braces have to be cleaned very often. If not properly taken care of, it can lead to Bad Breath.

Tooth Vitality: If you have experienced a previous injury to the teeth, there is a possibility that the Invisalign® treatment could damage or kill the nerves. If we find that there is damage to the nerve, we may recommend that you get an endodontic treatment like a root canal or restorative surgery first.

Crowns and fillings: Since Invisalign® covers the teeth with a tray that is designed to adjust the teeth, there is always a chance that fillings get dislodged, or a crown may become damaged.

Discomfort: Dental tenderness is very common with first-time users of. We advise patients to expect some scratching of the cheeks, gums, and lips. This discomfort will typically last a few days while you are getting used to having a foreign object in your mouth.  Afterwards, you should feel comfortable during the rest of your treatment.

Root resorption: Invisalign® has to cause a cellular response in the roots of the teeth in order to let them move. On rare occasions, it is possible for the cellular response to damage the ends of the roots of the teeth. The teeth can also become damaged after the treatment if you lose gum support or gone due to a periodontal disease, and if there was root resorption during the treatment. Having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year while straightening your teeth, will help to prevent this from happening.If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please visit our website

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30 thoughts on “Can Invisalign Cause Gum Recession?

    1. @R S Then why do Hygienist, Dentists, and Orthodontist do the treatment with patients. However Aligners and Braces involve the same process. Only if plaque and tartar isn’t clean by a patient will the gums recede.

    2. @Isaac Ogunmuko Why do they do treatments…you mean ortho? $$$$$

      Nope. Recession can also occur w/ hormonal changes, stress, pathogens, malocclusion, and other things.

    3. @R S what about celebrities and those people in the videos above whom finish a Invisalign treatment.

    4. @Isaac Ogunmuko What about them? Of course they won’t choose people to be in videos promoting Invisalign who’ve had recession. Marketing!!

  1. Why are so many people using Invisalign experiencing gum recession when I’ve never heard of such a problem with traditional braces? What is wrong with Invisalign? I had Invisalign done with a so-called dentist who supposedly had a post-graduate in orthodontist and he left me with gum recession among other problems. I think the risks around Invisalign are not being properly disclosed to patients before consenting to treatment. Doctor, what is your view on Invisalign vs traditional braces and gum recession? Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. x

    1. @T I agree I have issue with one aligners company. It cause many issues in my mouth now. The result was not as a treatment preview at all. I have a plan to report and complain them to dentist college , BBB, News company. We have to stop these business. Who else has these issue. Maybe we can set up a grop.

    2. @MoonFullofStars same thing happened to me, my teeth weren’t even crooked I just wanted them to look better. Now I have these huge gaps and hella self conscious of my teeth.

    3. @Jose Valdez right. I though I was doing something good for the longterm care of my teeth, but now, a year later and I’m worried that I made a huge mistake. About to go get a second opinion at an orthdontist and see if there’s anything that can be done to get things somewhat back to normal.

    4. @MoonFullofStars I found another orthodontist who moved my teeth slightly back and managed to revert a bit the recession. I tried going after the first dentist with a solicitor, but when asked for my medical records he completely falsified them. I also reported them to the dental organisation that is supposed to supervise them, they saw through the falsification but closed the case with just a warning to the dentist (completely protecting their own). There’s a massive issue with Invisalign technology that allows just unethical dentists to move teeth when they don’t know what they are doing because simply they didn’t study the science of moving teeth. I also had issues with allergies to the Invisalign plastic, and I’m not the only one. Invisalign blames the patient saying there’s a problem with our saliva… sure, all of us have a problem with our saliva… come on! The whole thing is a scam!

    5. Traditional braces absolutely cause recession-the force is greater, so the trauma is greater, especially as one gets older.

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  4. It happened to my gum. I got miner crook at the middle bottom teeth. After, a while the gum only in the middle bottom teeth got recession and bone loss like mandible bone where the root teeth stick on it. So sad.

    1. Yeah I was about to get candid (cheaper alternative to Invisalign) for my bottom row bc they shifted back after not wearing my retainers. But my gums are already kind of recessed and I don’t wanna make it worse soo I think I’ll leave them as is. Saves me like $3500 too. Healthy gums over perfectly straight teeth!

  5. Wow you were able to fix the issue this bad with the pinhole technique? Where could I see the after picture

  6. Hey, I have marginal Gingivitis, due to crowding, My periodontist said my gingivitis will be cured if I get braces. should I?

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