The Doctors: Dr. Karent Sierra
The Doctors welcomed back cosmetic dentist Dr. Karent Sierra for more discussions on TMI Tuesday. Dr. Sierra is not only a celebrity dentist, but also a star on the drama-filled reality hit The Real Housewives of Miami. She fielded a viewer question regarding adult braces and a pretty awkward, embarrassing side effect.
Tracy from Des Moines, Iowa wrote that she’s producing more saliva now that she wears Invisalign to correct her teeth. It’s so bad, in fact, that it’s become noticeable whenever she speaks face-to-face with people. Is there anything that someone like Tracy can do?
Dr. Karent Sierra: Braces and Saliva Production
Invisalign are clear braces that many adults choose to straighten their teeth. Dr. Sierra explained that when you place the trays inside of the mouth, the body treats them as a foreign object, similar to the way it treats food. That’s why more saliva is produced, and it’s more noticeable than when your mouth is empty.
It’s embarrassing, but unfortunately there really isn’t anything you can do. Just be conscientious of the issue and remember, your braces are only temporary.
The Doctors: Doctors’ Orders
The Doctors answered some pretty embarrassing questions on TMI Tuesday, but they wanted to remind their viewers to always be open and honest with their own doctor. Visiting the doctor can sometimes feel awkward, but as Dr. Andrew Ordon pointed out, it’s their job to listen and avoid judgment. “There’s no problem that we haven’t heard,” he emphasized.
If you are totally honest and make regular visits to your doctor, there should be no reason to feel embarrassed.