I got Invisalign Teen for my son. He’s really good about wearing his aligners, but recently I’ve noticed his breath has become rancid. Is this a side effect of Invisalign? Is there a way to counter it if it is?
There could be a few things going on here. Since this started around the time of your son beginning Invisalign treatment, let’s look at that first. Invisalign doesn’t cause bad breath. However, not properly caring for the aligners can.
Here is a care evaluation checklist you should go over with your son:
- Do I remove my aligners every time I eat?
- Do I brush my teeth immediately after eating, before putting my aligners back on?
- Do I brush and floss in the morning and evening?
- Do I clean my aligners once a day with their cleaning kit or baking soda?
- Do I drink lots of water every day to stay hydrated?
- Do I go to my regular checkups to get professional cleanings?
Ignoring even one of those can lead to some pretty impressive breath.
If you go over this checklist and there are some things he’s neglecting, start with that. However, if he’s faithfully doing all he’s supposed to then it’s time to consider some other possibilities.
When Invisalign Isn’t the Problem
The next thing to do is bring him in to see if there is either some decay that needs to be filled or the beginnings of gum disease. Though, if he’s getting regular checkups, the dentist should already have an eye on that.
If all dental issues are eliminated, there are medical conditions which can cause severely rancid breath. Strep throat is one. A trip to the doctor may be useful.
I hope this helps. It’s a positive that he’s responsible with wearing his aligners. Most patients truly love their Invisalign treatment. Hopefully, your son is among them.
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