Invisalign and treatments that use clear aligners are typically seen as superficial treatments that only improve the smile’s look. But did you know that Invisalign can also improve your oral health? Addressing problems like crooked, overcrowded, or misaligned teeth can make it easier to clean teeth and prevent dental problems like decay. Straightening the smile makes oral hygiene much easier and keeps teeth cleaner. Invisalign treatments are a part of our cosmetic dentistry services in Potsdam, NY, that help patients create healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smiles.
Invisalign and Oral Health in Potsdam, NY
After you complete the Invisalign treatment, you not only receive a straighter smile, but you also benefit from:
Straight teeth are simpler to clean than crooked teeth, especially when trying to floss between each tooth. After orthodontic treatment, patients will find reaching parts of the smile easier than they previously could not. Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign can streamline oral hygiene routines.
Decreased Risk for Decay
Harmful bacteria can hide between crooked and misaligned teeth, making them difficult to clean. Missing harmful bacteria in the mouth can lead to bacterial buildup. Over time, harmful bacteria can affect the teeth and gums, leading to gum disease and tooth decay. Once the teeth are straight and easier to clean, it can lower the risk of patients developing gum and tooth problems.
Patients with overcrowded teeth or bite problems may experience speech problems, especially with “s” or “th” sounds. Realigning the smile with orthodontic treatments like Invisalign can make speech clearer for patients so that they can communicate better. Improved speech and an improved smile can also increase the patient’s self-esteem.
Reduced Risk of Tooth Wear and TMD
Many patients who have imbalanced bites or crooked teeth are at risk of developing temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). TMD occurs when stress or pressure on the joints that help you bite and chew can create bite and jaw problems. Crooked teeth create imbalanced bites, placing more pressure on some teeth more than others. Some patients with misaligned bites can develop TMD symptoms like jaw pain, tooth wear, difficulty chewing, and jaw clicking or popping. Straightening the smile can help prevent TMD or reverse symptoms for many patients.
Sometimes, patients with crooked and misaligned teeth may avoid smiling in social situations because they are self-conscious about their teeth. After completing orthodontic treatment, many patients can have a renewed sense of confidence. Invisalign can help patients show their teeth again after years of close-lipped smiles.
Have you always been interested in Invisalign treatment but wanted to know more before committing to care? Call Dr. Nicholas Gardner for an Invisalign consultation today at [new_patient_phone_span]. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Gardner on our website.