Revenge of the Nerds: Invisalign ‘Invisible Braces’ Potentially Bad for You


It’s a good day for dorks! Everyone knows that one preppy girl in their lives whose parents had enough money to buy her Invisalign, the plastic dentures that spare you the embarrassment of walking around with a mouth full of metal while making your teeth perfect over time. But those of us traumatized metalmouth has-beens, there’s a victory for us. Invisalign received a warning today from the FDA for not disclosing information about the potentially fatal allergic reactions customers sometimes get from their products.

Whoops. Everyone’s favorite porn-for-hypochondriacs website WebMD reports:

On Nov. 2, 2007, a patient reported “swollen, irritated, and sore” lips and gums. Similar incidents previously reported to the FDA required hospitalization of the patient.
On May 11, 2010, a patient reported “a burning tongue sensation, sore throat, ulcerations in the mouth, and swollen lymph nodes.”

One can only imagine the embarrassment! It’s a healthy dose of schadenfreude. For those of you “plastics” who are now panicking, however, there’s no need to really worry. If you put in the braces and didn’t have an immediate reaction/are still alive, you shouldn’t have a problem. Invisalign is now working to correct the problem and is probably way more willing to tell the FDA about problems their customers are having after this bit of bad press.