Because 1 in 5 people seeking orthodontic treatment is over the age of 18, it’s important to consider the various options available to straighten your teeth. Rather than immediately turning to braces, your orthodontist might recommend Invisalign because not only do they look better, they also provide better oral health benefits and improve your overall quality of life.
- Prevent Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition that causes a person to grind their teeth. When your teeth are aligned, the top and bottom rows of teeth will rest against each other perfectly. However, when they are crooked, the teeth will not be aligned, which will negatively affect your tooth enamel. This is extremely important because the enamel is responsible for protecting your teeth against potential decay. In addition, eroded enamel can impact:
- the color and shape of your teeth
- your teeth sensitivity to cold, hot, and sweet foods
- your teeth texture will become rough around the edges
Because you cannot rebuild lost tooth enamel, it is vital to take the necessary steps to
prevent enamel erosion and bruxism. If you do not take the necessary precautions, you will risk increased tooth decay. Invisalign can help straighten your teeth and align the top and bottom rows to prevent bruxism and enamel erosion.
- Have Healthier Gums
Flossing and brushing your teeth is much more difficult when your teeth are not straight. So, failure to remove the plaque between your teeth can cause the bacteria to harden the plaque into tartar. When this happens, you will need to schedule appointments with your dentist to remove the tartar from your teeth. If the plaque and tartar are left untreated, you can experience inflammation and even cause gingivitis.
More specifically, gingivitis is a gum disease that causes:
- pus between your teeth and gums
- bleeding gums
- tender, red, or swollen gums
- receding gums
- adjusted teeth placement
- chewing pain
- bad breath
- loose teeth
Even worse, untreated gingivitis can further develop into periodontitis, which
causes you to lose your teeth. In other words, the bacteria in your mouth can destroy the ligaments and bones that keep your teeth in place. Even more, gum disease can
increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. So, talk to your dentist today to see if Invisalign can help straighten your teeth and reduce your risk of gum disease.
- Make Space for Implants
Not only will Invisalign straighten your teeth, but it can also make space for dental
implants to help you restore your smile. For example, Invisalign will straighten the
teeth you have and make space for future implants to fill the emptiness. So, if you would like to get implants and need to make space for them, it may be in your best interest to ask your doctor about your Invisalign options.
- Avoid Injuries
If your teeth are crooked, they are probably pointed in all different, strange angles. Because of this, you increase your risk of injury in many situations. For example, awkward angles in your teeth can cause you to bite your tongue more often, and traumas caused by sports or accidents are more likely to cause tooth loss. When a person’s teeth are aligned with Invisalign, their straight teeth are less likely to sustain injuries.
- Get a Confidence Boost
Not only should you consider the health benefits of Invisalign, it is equally important to consider what straightening your teeth with Invisalign can do for your confidence. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about the apparent look of adult braces because the Invisalign mouthpieces are transparent and blend in with your smile. In addition, you will be able to see your teeth straighten over time, and you will feel a boost of confidence throughout the process compared to waiting for your braces to be taken off.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, give Carlsbad Dental Associates a call today!
Located in Carlsbad, California, Dr. Edward Adourian is an experienced, renowned specialist in all things dental. From general dentistry to family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Adourian and his team can help you and your loved ones with all your dental needs. Our experienced professionals here at Carlsbad Dental Associates are more than happy to help you with Invisalign, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and so much more. Give us a call today at (760)918-9000.