Teeth that aren’t properly aligned (malocclusion) can lead to jaw discomfort, abnormal wear on the teeth, and an increased risk of periodontal disease. Straightening your teeth can make a significant difference in your oral health. However, if you are like many adults, you don’t want to wear traditional metal braces. There are other options; over two million people have straightened their smiles with the Invisalign clear aligner system. In addition to a beautifully straight smile, Invisalign offers a number of health benefits.
When the teeth are in proper alignment, the gum tissue is tighter on the teeth, leading to healthier gums. When teeth are spaced too widely, or are crowded, they can harbor more oral bacteria, which increase the risk of gum disease. Invisalign straightens your teeth, which facilitates the health of your gums. Additionally, there are no wires and brackets to trap food particles, and the aligners are removed for effective brushing and flossing, both of which help avoid decay and periodontal disease.
Improved ability to chew comfortable and speak clearly
When malocclusion is left untreated, it can cause discomfort in the teeth and jaws when chewing. It can lead to digestive issues when food isn’t chewed thoroughly. Our tongue touches the back surfaces of the teeth to pronounce certain sounds. If there is a gap in the teeth, it can make it difficult to speak clearly. Both of these problems can be resolved by correcting malocclusion with an Invisalign treatment.
Maintain tooth structure and comfort
Malocclusion can cause abnormal stress on the jaw joints and supporting bone, and excessive wear on the teeth. Invisalign treatment can improve your bite and align your teeth, eliminating the discomfort and structural trauma.
Better dental care is an additional benefit to Invisalign and other smile enhancements. When patients look in the mirror and love their smiles, they are inclined to take better care of them. They tend to practice better oral hygiene at home and maintain their regular dental checkups.
Don’t avoid orthodontic treatment; it is an important investment in your emotional, physical, and dental health. Dr. Sameet Koppikar, of Biltmore Dental Center in Phoenix, offers several options to achieve a straighter, healthier more beautiful smile. Call (602) 954-8200 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Koppikar today.