Invisalign spends millions of dollars on marketing to show why straight teeth are attractive. Yet straight teeth are more beneficial than just vanity.
There are multiple reasons to get Invisalign other than just to have a beautifully straight smile that people envy.
Near-invisibility and convenience aside, here are my top reasons to get Invisalign.
This may seem obvious, but it’s likely not for the reasons you think. Having a proper bite (occlusion) can help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime.
If you have crooked teeth, it is more difficult to clean with your toothbrush and even floss.
Teeth that are tilted or shifted have a higher incidence of fracture. Have you ever wondered why someone’s teeth have fractured when they bite on something that they have probably chewed hundreds or thousands of times before? The fracture is likely due to a weakened enamel due to an imbalanced bite.
Proper tooth position leads to better oral health. If you can brush and floss properly, you will get less build-up around your teeth.
Less build-up around your teeth means less plaque and tarter to clean at your next dental cleaning visit. Not only will you spend less time in the dental chair, but your cleanings will be more affordable if you do not need a deep cleaning.
Many people have small gaps or tilted teeth that lead to food impaction. If you are one of these people, you know how annoying it can be to floss or pick around your teeth after constantly eating.
If the food impaction is bad and continuous, it can lead to periodontal disease. Over time the periodontal disease can degrade your bone and gums, which can lead to tooth loss.
Patients seem to have more and more stress these days. Stress from everyday life can lead to clenching and grinding.
Although Invisalign will not cure your clenching, it will protect your teeth from further damage.
If you clench frequently, you will grind away at your enamel which is the teeth’ protective coating. Once you lose your enamel, you cannot grow it back.
With clear aligners, if you grind your teeth, you will still be protected from extensive enamel wear. This can preserve your teeth for years to come.
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I have seen countless patients benefit from orthodontic treatment, but some of the most dramatic shifts can be due to speech.
When teeth do not come together correctly, patients often have a lisp. Invisalign, along with therapy, can help fix lisps due to improper bite.
Many people have severe deep bites. If not corrected, deep bites can lead to premature fracture of front teeth.
When the mandible moves forward, it contacts the upper front teeth. If you have a normal bite, the forces are minimal, but there is too much force on the front teeth if you have a deep bite.
This excessive force will gradually wear down your front teeth. Deep bites are why many elderly patients have such short front teeth.
Not only is Invisalign the most esthetic option to straighten your teeth, but it also creates a healthier oral environment.
Invisalign may help you keep your teeth longer and improve your speech.
If you want to know more about Invisalign, come into our office for your orthodontic consult.