Invisalign and alcoholism

I’m going to be honest, but prefer to stay anonymous.  I’m an alcoholic.  I like being an alocholic, because I like alcohol.  If I get invisalign, does that mean I can’t drink anymore? Just answer the question without any lectures.

Name Withheld.

 

The answer to your question is yes and no.  You can drink alcohol while undergoing invisalign treatment.  However, you can’t drink it when your invisalign aligners are in.

Generally, you only want to take your aligners out for meals.  that would be a time you could drink.  If you drink while they’re in, it will damage your teeth. The alcohol content will pool inside the aligners and eat away at your tooth enamel.

While technically, you could remove your aligners to have a drink and then brush your teeth and put them back on, the more you wear your aligners, the more effective the procedure will be.  They can’t straighten your teeth if they’re not on for the proper amount of time.

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Can I fill my own tooth?

I have a small cavity and wondered if it is possible to fill your own tooth? I don’t have money for the dentist, I saw some dental filling material while wandering around my pharmacy waiting for a prescription.  Is it possible I could just use that myself to take care of it.  To be honest, I don’t even have a dentist. New patient stuff always costs more money.

Eleana K. – Missouri

Eleana,

I admire your DIY spirit. I am all for that. There are times however, when it is wiser to leave it to the professionals.  This is different than adding grout to your shower tile.  This is decay that infects your tooth and spreads. This can turn into an abscess that can spread far.

You don’t just fill the decayed tooth. You have to clean out all they decay and get any infection that has developed.  If you leave even one trace, it doesn’t matter if you fill it.  The decay will start creeping through your teeth, hidden underneath the filling.

Unless you’re willing to dig around your tooth and trust that you can get everything, I suggest you go to the dentist. I understand you don’t have your own dentist, but there are emergency dentists that will see you, even if you’re not a patient.

I really suggest you get this taken care of, before it becomes a medical issue in addition to a dental issue.  Who knows? You may like the emergency dentist so much that you find a permanent pracitioner.

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