Are Invisalign Aligners the Right Option for You?November 03, 2017
As a general dentist, I’ve been treating patients with Invisalign orthodontics for over 10 years and I have seen many amazing results. These clear, custom-made plastic aligners gradually straighten your teeth over time. My patients range in age from 13 all the way into their 70s. Surprisingly, most of my patients are middle-aged men and women. Whether it’s because at this age they begin to realize the importance of their overall health and wellbeing or it’s just a point in their lives when they can now financially take better care of themselves; these are my best patients. They compliantly wear their aligners as directed, their treatment moves efficiently, and their results are incredible!
So, who is a candidate for orthodontic treatment or, specifically, Invisalign? Dentists refer to teeth that are not properly aligned as “malocclusion”. Some types of malocclusion include crowding, spacing, deep overbite, excess overjet, end-to-end bite, crossbite, and open bite. If not treated, malocclusion can increase the risk of cavities, periodontal disease, as well as cause premature/abnormal wear, chipping and tooth sensitivity. There is also an increased likelihood of trauma to teeth.
Many cases of malocclusion can be effectively corrected with Invisalign. There is also a definite cosmetic improvement in correcting poorly aligned teeth. A nice smile can have a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself, but the bigger advantage is that it can potentially have positive benefits for your dental health, as well as overall health.
When many people think about getting their teeth straightened, they typically imagine a really nice smile – the kind of smile that can build confidence and be esthetically pleasing. But how many people think about the functional concerns and all the benefits that having properly aligned teeth can provide?
Having straight aligned teeth will create a stable bite and improve function by allowing efficient cutting into food with your front teeth and grinding of food with your back teeth. A stable and efficient bite also has the advantage of requiring less force applied to your teeth from your muscles of mastication, resulting in less stress on your jaw bone and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). This, in turn, decreases the risks of developing temporomandibular disorders (TMD), including joint pain, clicking, popping, locking, and limited opening/closing of your jaw.
When your teeth are aligned correctly, your periodontal health will improve because your teeth will be easier to brush, clean, and floss. There will be less food impaction and a decrease in the collection of plaque and tartar; therefore, decreasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Oral health has been linked to systemic health. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia.
At Park Dental, we not only care about your oral health, we’re aware of how it affects your overall health. If you’d like to learn more about your options to straighten your teeth and see if Invisalign is right for you, ask your general dentist or call to schedule a free consultation with any of our Park Dental dentists who are Invisalign providers. We would all love to help you achieve that confident smile you’ve always wanted, as well as great overall health.