I’ve suffered from acid reflux for more than 12 years. I have a lot of heartburn, and the acid burns my gums. My doctor prescribed a proton pump inhibitor, but I stopped taking it because I understand that long-term use is harmful. I’ve managed to control the reflux a little with some natural supplements, but it is not totally under control.
Now I want Invisalign to straighten my teeth, but I don’t want to invest my money in plastic aligners if acid reflux destroys them. Will acid reflux ruin my Invisalign trays? – Thank you. Bayleigh from OK
Thank you for your question.
Will Acid Reflux Ruin Your Invisalign Trays?
Acid reflux will not ruin your Invisalign trays. Wearing the aligners will protect your teeth from the acid. Also, you will switch aligners in one to two weeks, so the exposure of the trays to stomach acid is limited. Still, acid reflux can ruin your teeth. And you still must be diligent about taking good care of your overall and oral health.
How to Prevent Acid Reflux from Ruining Your Teeth
You can prevent acid reflux from ruining your teeth by seeing a doctor who can identify the cause and offer effective treatment options. While you take natural supplements to help control the problem, identifying the real reason will help your treatment plan. Otherwise, a dentist can protect your teeth with dental crowns. But crowns do not resolve the issue. And over time, the acid may erode the crowns, too.
You can minimize the effects of acid reflux on your teeth with these steps:
- Drink plenty of water daily
- If a surge of acid enters your mouth, rinse it with water thoroughly
- Avoid late-night meals or snacks
- Use a pillow to elevate your head while you sleep
- Strengthen tooth enamel with toothpaste for sensitive teeth
- Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating or an acid surge
If you have additional concerns about acid reflux and Invisalign, speak with your dentist. After examining your teeth, your dentist can offer suggestions about preserving them and increasing your comfort while you wear Invisalign.