If you’re on the fence about investing in Invisalign, you should know it’s not just about perfecting your smile. These innovative clear aligners also have the power to improve your oral health in amazing ways. And while straight teeth will undoubtedly boost your confidence, excellent dental health is key in maximizing your overall wellbeing through the years. So, take a look at all these ways clear braces promise to benefit your teeth, gums, and more to see why this is a great investment in your future.
When your teeth are misaligned, the top and bottom sets do not perfectly match up as they should. The result is teeth grinding that can wear away the enamel and leave you vulnerable to infection, abscesses, and worse.
By straightening your teeth with clear braces, you can slowly bring your teeth into proper alignment and reduce the risk of grinding. You’ll not only protect your teeth from wear and damage but also likely notice a decrease in jaw, face, and neck pain.
Periodontal disease often starts slowly, damaging your gums and loosening your teeth until you’re in big trouble. Eventually, the bone wears away so much that your teeth simply fall out, leaving you facing the cost of implants.
Thankfully, you can halt that process in its tracks with help from your dentist and Invisalign. As you use the aligners, they actually help reduce the depth of the gum pockets caused by periodontal disease and promote bone growth. While you work toward straight teeth, your jawbone, teeth, and gums will get stronger than ever, giving you the most for your money.
As misaligned teeth hit against each other, they slowly loosen in the socket. Over time, this can result in the loss of several teeth, especially as mobility increases in adjacent teeth as the others fall out. This is similar to the process that happens with untreated gum disease, which can accelerate matters considerably if both problems occur at once.
In order to prevent this from happening and preserve your teeth, you can get clear aligners fitted by your dentist. They will assist in moving your teeth into their ideal places to keep them from hitting each other and getting loose.
An improper bite and grinding can lead to the development of abfraction lesions along the gumline. These lesions are small triangle-shaped divots in the teeth, right where the gum line ends. They form as the stress of grinding and biting pushes against the soft cementum layer that lies beneath the surface.
As it lacks any enamel to protect it, this layer easily wears away, allowing the top of your tooth to take on a rounded appearance. If allowed to continue, your teeth could start to decay away or even break apart. By wearing Invisalign clear braces before that happens, you can protect the cementum layer from damage. Even if that layer has already suffered damage, clear aligners can help halt the process in its tracks. You’ll still need to have the affected teeth repaired, however, as the cementum cannot heal on its own.
If you have a bad bite, you might find it hard to chew your food, speak clearly, or avoid costly dental issues. Over- and under-bites can cause loose teeth, abfractions, and other oral health problems, especially if left untreated for an extended period of time.
As long as your bite issues are caused by misaligned teeth, you can remedy the issue with clear braces. The aligners will slowly pull the teeth into place and allow your jaw to rest in a natural position. You’ll find your bite slowly moving into a comfortable place as you step up through each aligner level.
In the end, straight teeth are a great investment in your oral health and provide a confidence boost as an added benefit. If you want to find out if you’re a good candidate for clear braces, you just have to schedule a consultation with your dentist. When you’re ready to get started, call 704-542-9923 or contact us to schedule your appointment.