January 14, 2018
If you’re looking to reshape your crooked teeth, you’ll find many benefits from fast and effective treatments such as clear aligners from Invisalign. However, straight teeth don’t solely mean a more confident smile; it goes much deeper than that. Your dentist in Plano recommends them to improve your oral health as well.
How can this be? As it turns out, a straighter smile means a better bite and easier cleaning. We’ll be discussing how this process works and why you should consider Invisalign for a straighter smile.
Your Teeth Become Easier to Clean
When teeth are crooked, it causes food debris and plaque to collect in areas more difficult to clean than straight teeth. The cracks and crevices are far more prevalent, giving more room for plaque to build up. Flossing also becomes more difficult and essential to removing plaque from the sides of your teeth.
When teeth are straight, it makes brushing and flossing a more straightforward process. As long as you practice proper technique, you can locate and remove food and plaque with general ease. With an improved bite, you’re also able to chew food more effectively and avoid biting other parts of your mouth unintentionally. This reduces damage to your cheek tissues.
Your Gum and Overall Health Improve
If teeth are crowded or misaligned, it can cause your gums to become swollen or red more easily. Unfortunately, inflamed gums put you at higher risk for periodontal disease. When your teeth are aligned correctly, it allows your gums to fit more securely around your teeth and prevent periodontal problems.
Furthermore, straighter teeth reduce your chances of contracting more serious diseases caused by oral infection. Oral infection can occur due to tooth decay, increased wear on tooth enamel, and gum disease. With straighter teeth, all these causes are reduced because teeth are easier to clean, your teeth are less likely to rub against each other, and your gums are properly secured around your teeth. It’s a win-win for oral and overall health.
How Invisalign Achieves These Benefits
Through a series of clear, custom aligners, the Invisalign treatment moves teeth into a straighter and healthier position. These acrylic trays fit on your teeth and exert tiny amounts of pressure over several months. On average, Invisalign treatment takes anywhere from 12 to 18 months to complete.
You’ll need to visit your dentist every six weeks to two months so they can examine your progress and adjust your trays as needed. As long as you wear the trays between 20 and 22 hours a day, you’ll obtain effective results. Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is truly hard to match in terms of treatment time.
Still not sure if Invisalign in Plano is right for you? Schedule a consultation with your dentist to learn more!
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1988. He’s also a member of many dental associations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. This and many years of experience allows him to provide the best-looking smile possible for his patients. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (972) 423-0880 or visit his website.
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