The additional health benefits of straight teeth
Most people are surprised to discover that the benefits of properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a good-looking smile. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), straightening your teeth can have a positive effect on both your dental and overall health. Think about it-a smile can’t be perfect unless it’s a healthy one. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign is one of the easiest ways to achieve both!
Tooth crowding is one of the major causes of oral health problems, including periodontal disease and tooth decay. When your teeth are crowded they are much more difficult to properly clean. Your tooth brush never seems to be able to reach all the tooth surfaces and flossing can be a nightmare. As a result, your gums can become swollen and red, eventually leading to things like bad breath, tender or bleeding gums, and possible tooth loss. But periodontal disease isn’t the only complication. Tooth decay can also result from being unable to properly clean your teeth. With Invisalign, we are able to move the teeth into their proper positions in a way that is comfortable, esthetic, and easy to maintain. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to move the teeth, and these aligners can be easily removed at any time so you can brush and floss your teeth like you normally do. No need to worry about unsightly brackets and wires that are hard to clean around and can irritate your lips and cheeks.
Imagine your teeth and mouth as the gateway to the rest of your body. Healthy teeth and gums can positively affect your overall health. Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria and if left untreated, that bacteria can spread throughout your body. Studies by the American Dental Association have linked oral bacteria to heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes. Improperly aligned teeth can also result in speech and chewing difficulties, increased wear on tooth enamel, and an improper bite that can cause jaw pain and tempromandibular disorder (TMJ disorder). Invisalign is an effective way of treating and/or preventing all of these issues. It can give you the smile you’ve always wanted along with the added benefits to both your oral and overall health.
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