Invisalign braces have recently gotten a lot of attention from teens, parents, and dental professionals alike. This relatively new technology provides many of the benefits of traditional braces, without many of the drawbacks. Invisalign braces make it easy to keep your teeth teeth, and don’t prohibit flossing in the same way that metal bars do.
Additionally, Invisalign braces are much easier to adjust than traditional braces; rather than coming in to our office to have a conventional “orthodontic adjustment,” where your braces are tightened to continue the progression of your orthodontic program, your dentist will simply hand you a new set of “trays,” ensure they fit, and send you on your way. Of course, teens love the idea of invisible braces – straightening your smile without filling your mouth with steel scaffolding sounds too good to be true for most adolescents!
For these reasons, Invisalign braces are a popular service for any dental provider, but did you know that they offer a number of other oral health benefits? Your dentist in Woodbridge has the full story:
The Surprising Health Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces
First, you should know that crooked teeth, or “malocclusion” as it is referred to by your dentist, is present in up to 70% of North American adults. Common types of misalignment include: crowding, spacing, deep bite, open bite, cross bite, edge-to-edge bite, and excessive overjet.
Left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease and other long-term health problems. It can be difficult to comply with the brushing and flossing program recommended by your dentist; crowding makes it especially difficult to clean bacteria away from certain areas.
When left uncleaned, the bacteria will multiply, and develop into periodontal disease. First appearing as swollen or reddened gums, this condition may develop into gingivitis or chronic periodontitis, leading to tooth loss. These conditions will require thousands of dollars in tooth maintenance and repair, and countless hours in your dentist’s chair.
Additionally, the bacteria can damage your gum cells and enter into your blood vessels. This can cause damage to cells that line your coronary arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses.
Crooked teeth also create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws, which can lead to premature wear. Your dentist may have already identified chipping, or notches at the gumline. The excessive force created by malocclusion can flatten teeth or time, or fracture their edges. Premature wear can lead to gum recession, poor bone support at the roots, loose teeth, and eventually, tooth loss. Additionally, a bad bite may produce improper forces on the jaw joints that may lead to ear aches, jaw pain, and even headaches. The effects of crooked teeth can worsen over time, and may adversely affect your overall health.
Teeth that fit together correctly last longer, and are likely to need less costly treatments from your dental professional in the future. Invisalign braces can offer you the following benefits:
- Less long-term wear; prevent chipping, flattening, and even tooth loss
- Less chronic pain; prevent headaches, jaw pain, and earaches with proper alignment
- Less trips to the dentist; save thousands on treatments and recovery programs needed to manage periodontal disease and gingivitis
- Less chance of heart disease and stroke; eliminate harmful bacteria that can enter your blood vessels
Contact your dentist in Woodbridge to learn more about Invisalign braces – call 905-264-1543 today, and give your teen the smile they always wanted!