By Dr. Alexander Gaukhman
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Think about it — a smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy one. “Fortunately, with Invisalign, having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand. ” says Dr. Gaukhman.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you.
There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
The Advantage over Braces
– Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy
– Lets you remove the device when you want
– Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening
– Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health
– Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal this is more likely to irritate your checks and gums
– Frees up your busy schedule with office visits only every four to six weeks
With regular braces, you may experience some or all of the following:
– Mouth sores or injuries caused by the brace wires
– Tooth decay (from inadequate brushing or flossing)
– Plaque buildup
– Tooth discoloration
– Tooth/bracket breakage
– Difficulty eating
Healthier Teeth and Gums
Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign comes in. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position — without unsightly brackets and wires.
One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.
Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile — say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you. Call today to schedule an appointment!
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