Science proves that straight teeth improve self-esteem and confidence and protect you against serious health issues like osteoporosis and diabetes. Invisalign® is an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces that may cut the inside of your mouth or be so flashy that you’re tempted to hide your smile.
Dr. Doris Giraldo is an experienced family and cosmetic dentist at New Dimension Dentistry who is passionate about helping people craft beautiful, healthy smiles. With an office in Midtown Manhattan, Dr. Giraldo and our team of highly skilled specialists pride ourselves on providing excellent and gentle care. Part of our offerings include treating misaligned teeth using the most advanced solutions, such as Invisalign.
In this blog, Dr. Giraldo outlines some myths and facts about Invisalign.
Here are three common myths about Invisalign:
Of course, everyone wants a beautiful smile with straight teeth. It’s good for your confidence and self-esteem. Properly aligned teeth provide your mouth with the structure it needs to stay healthy. Left untreated, crooked teeth can cause jaw pain, periodontal disease, headaches, speech problems, and bone loss.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign allows you to remove your aligners when it’s convenient for you, like holiday photos or special events. But, for successful treatment, you’ll need to be diligent, wearing your aligner trays for 20-22 hours a day.
It would be nice if you could brush or floss just once a day and not worry about damaging your oral health. The truth is, you must always maintain healthy teeth and gums. One of the best reasons to choose Invisalign treatment is the ability to improve oral health by straightening your teeth. Plus, straight teeth help you brush and floss easier, ensuring bacteria and tartar don’t become a problem.
Now that you’ve learned some of the myths, here are a few facts to consider:
When you have crooked teeth, the function of your jaw also suffers. You may experience headaches, joint problems, and muscle tension triggered by crooked teeth if your bite is misaligned and the tooth surface is abnormally worn. Straight teeth give you a proper bite and help prevent headaches.
Braces aren’t just for school-age children. If you’re an older teen or adult and you’re self-conscious about an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or crowding, you’re a candidate for Invisalign. At New Dimension Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages with Invisalign.
You may experience slight discomfort when using a new tray, but the state-of-the-art plastic is perfectly smooth, so your tongue and gums are safe from cuts and irritation. What’s more, you’ll remove the trays when you eat, drink, and brush your teeth, so it doesn’t uncomfortably interfere with those daily activities.
Invisalign isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Dr. Giraldo customizes your treatment, so you know that the aligner trays are tailor-made to perfectly fit your mouth. Your trays gently push your teeth in the desired direction. Periodically, usually at weekly intervals, you’ll receive a new tray with a slightly different shape until your teeth are in alignment.
Ready to correct your crooked teeth? Let us give you a smile makeover with Invisalign. Call 212-634-2852 to make an appointment, or use our convenient online booking tool.