Many people look at their teeth and wish they were straighter. They may wish they had gotten braces as an adolescent or taken their teenage orthodontic treatment more seriously, so it didn’t reverse. While Invisalign® does deliver a cosmetic smile makeover for crooked, gapped, or otherwise misaligned teeth, it’s important to remember that the most important aspect of straight teeth is that they are healthier teeth – and that contributes to a healthier you.
Side Effects of Misaligned Teeth
Teeth affect overall health. A new analysis from NYU even found that regular brushing and flossing alone may help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. Imagine the impact that a major treatment like Invisalign® can make on your well-being.
Seventy-four percent of American adults are living with some sort of malocclusion. Left untreated, this circumstance can lead to oral health problems like:
- Gingivitis: It is far more difficult to remove plaque and bacteria from teeth that are not in alignment, which means bacteria can multiply and trigger gum disease, which begins as gingivitis, evidenced by gum inflammation, redness, and bleeding while brushing and flossing.
- Periodontal disease: The more advanced stages of gum disease, when left untreated over time, will progress to chronic infection as well as soft tissue damage, gum recession, periodontal pockets, bone loss, and, eventually, tooth loss.
- Damaged teeth: Misaligned teeth create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws – especially for people who grind their teeth – which can lead to premature wear and problems like enamel erosion, cracked or broken teeth, damaged dental work, and more.
Protect Your Health with Invisalign®
For adults who are interested in beautifying their smile and making it healthier and stronger at the same time, Invisalign® offers an excellent opportunity to hit all these marks. Invisalign® can correct nearly every type of malocclusion that traditional metal braces can – and do so discreetly – including:
- Deep bite
- Open bite
- Cross bite
- Edge-to-edge bite
- Excessive overjet
Correctly positioning your teeth for proper alignment not only creates a more beautiful smile, it helps prevent future dental problems from occurring and makes a significant difference toward keeping your teeth and a healthy mouth for a lifetime. Clear trays are custom-made to gradually move teeth into alignment a few at a time.
Straight teeth can save you from painful and costly oral health repairs that take hours of time to correct. And straight teeth make it easier to brush and floss, which means less bacteria are permitted into the gum tissue cells and prevented from invading blood vessels or causing damage to the coronary arteries. Straight teeth can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illness. Now that’s pretty amazing.
Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign®?
Your teeth are a powerful part of your appearance, but they’re also an integral part of your overall health and wellness. Make them a priority every day, see your dentist every six months for cleanings and check-ups, and talk to the experts at Healdsburg Dental Spa about whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign®. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.