You may suffer from low self-esteem, tooth decay, poor oral health, weak speech, and even nutritional problems if your teeth aren’t properly aligned. Although metal braces are a popular way to create a straight smile, they can be unattractive and uncomfortable. Plus, there are many advantages to correcting a crooked smile.
Straight teeth offer confidence and happiness and help prevent oral health problems. Clear invisible aligners, called Invisalign®, are widely available and not just for kids. Doris Giraldo, DDS, of New Dimension Dentistry in Midtown East, Manhattan, offers Invisalign® clear aligners as an alternative to braces.
By using aligners, you can have a beautiful smile without the hassle and restrictions that come with braces.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign's clear aligners are soft and made from patented thermoplastics material that’s nearly invisible. With unique treatment plans, Dr. Giraldo maps out the exact movement of your teeth. Then, experts create a perfect mold for your teeth, allowing them to move into the exact proper position with the right amount of force. Using the clear, removable aligners, Invisalign gradually straightens your teeth without using any brackets or metal.
Many people indeed choose braces for aesthetic purposes, but Invisalign corrects more than your smile.
1. Nix neck pain
Did you know that crooked teeth can be a real pain in the neck? It’s true. When you use force to chew foods with misaligned teeth, you produce immense pressure that leads to jaw pain and even neck and shoulder pain. Additionally, this extra pressure leads to headaches and even tooth loss in severe cases.
2. Give gum disease the boot
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, half of Americans over 30 have gum disease, also called periodontal disease. That’s a whopping 64.7 million people. A misaligned tooth can trap pockets of bacteria even if you practice good oral hygiene. Inflammation of your gums occurs when bacteria accumulate in these pockets without being removed. The first symptom of gum disease is gum inflammation. The following are some of the dangers associated with gum disease:
- Heart disease
- Low birth weight in babies
Using Invisalign to treat misaligned teeth will go a long way in preventing many serious conditions.
3. Correct a crooked smile
Invisalign can also reduce the risk of gum disease when used to correct crooked front teeth and an uneven smile. If your teeth aren’t properly aligned, it is more challenging to maintain a healthy mouth and gums. Misaligned teeth create extra wear-and-tear, and cause unnecessary grinding while eating, talking, and sleeping. Over time, the enamel on your teeth, which serves as a protective barrier, is damaged. Wearing away enamel makes you more prone to cavities and pain.
4. Say so long to tooth pain
It’s also possible that an underbite is causing you pain as a result of your jaw's misalignment. Your jaw is put under extra pressure every time you bite down on uneven teeth. As a result, you may experience neck, back, and shoulder pain. An uneven bite can also cause loose and weakened teeth.
5. Boost your overall health
Studies have shown that poor oral health is associated with serious diseases. Having crooked teeth can lead to health problems, such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Birth complications
- Cardiovascular disease
Having straight teeth makes it more difficult for bacteria to grow in between them. Misaligned teeth can trap bacteria inside hard-to-reach pockets, which are a breeding ground for bacteria. Flossing and brushing correctly is much easier with straight teeth, helping you to easily remove damaging bacteria rather than allowing it to gather and grow.
6. Address many orthodontic issues with Invisalign
Orthodontics and Invisalign are both capable of treating a wide range of bite issues, but Invisalign can often do so more quickly.
Invisalign is effective in treating conditions such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Open bite
To treat your specific orthodontic issues, Dr. Giraldo creates a customized Invisalign treatment plan.
Even more benefits of Invisalign
With Invisalign, you can fix misaligned teeth, prevent gum disease, and improve your smile. Invisalign is transparent, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious attending social events. Plus, they’re removable, comfortable, and affordable for the whole family.
Invisalign is an excellent option for people with misaligned teeth at any age. Treatment begins with a comprehensive consultation that involves scanning your teeth and taking X-rays to ensure a completely customized plan. Make an appointment at New Dimension Dentistry using our online booking tool, or call the office at 201-904-3060 to schedule a consultation.