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Straight teeth aren’t just an aesthetic boon. By realigning your smile, you’ll enjoy a confidence boost and health benefits. You’ll feel better about yourself, and your teeth and jaws will align properly to improve your occlusion. Better yet, these advantages don’t have to come at the expense of months (or years) in metal braces.
With Invisalign, teen and adult patients are able to straighten their teeth without showing off the treatment method. By changing the orthodontic process, Invisalign makes straightening more accessible to hesitant patients. Feel like it’s impossible to spend time wearing braces? Whether for social or professional reasons, your priorities matter, and
Invisalign addresses them all. Read on for some motivation to get into this aligner system without waiting any longer.
Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth
Our upper and lower jaws work together when we’re speaking, chewing, and at rest. If our teeth don’t fit together properly, then those jaws won’t be in a harmonious relationship. While different degrees of malocclusion (improper bite) have more or less serious consequences, they can include:
- TMJ disorder – Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects your upper and lower jaws. When undue stress is placed on it (in this case, resulting from jaws that don’t fit together correctly), the joint can become inflamed and tender. Ongoing aggravation will lead to larger problems, including jaw fatigue, limited jaw movement, headaches, and even joint damage.
- Chronic grinding – Bruxism is the tendency to clench and grind one’s teeth. It usually occurs at night, making it tough to control. When teeth don’t fit together properly, the lower jaw has a tendency to remain active.
- Difficulty chewing – Patients with malocclusions may find it tough to eat certain foods, and may bite their tongues or cheeks while eating or sleeping.
- Harder-to-clean teeth – When your teeth are overcrowded, there are more difficult-to-access spots at the gum line and between teeth. This limits your oral hygiene and allows cavities and gum disease to take hold more easily.
- Broken teeth or dental work – The grinding that often accompanies malocclusion will erode or chip natural enamel, as well as dental work.
By straightening your teeth, you avoid these debilitating issues. Your teeth will enjoy longer lifetimes, and you’ll see an enduring smile. Prevention is always the best course of action, and straightening before problems arise will help you avoid discomfort and additional time in the dental chair.
Change Follows a New Smile
Once your teeth are straighter, you’ll feel more comfortable showing off your smile. This makes you more likely to speak up in social and professional groups, and readier to take charge. Both you and those around you will notice your renewed friendliness, capability, and zest for life. And it’s all possible with orthodontic treatment!
Dalton Invisalign Allows Straightening Without Forcing Compromise
In this modern era, we believe that patients should be able to make input as to what their experience is like. Whenever there’s a way to make our patients more comfortable, we want to take advantage of that.
Invisalign is the clear answer to obstructive, burdensome metal braces. Instead of obscuring your teeth, Invisalign’s trays allow your smile to shine through the clear plastic. The trays are completely removable for when you want to eat, brush, or floss, leaving your diet and activities unrestricted.
If you’re interested in Invisalign, you’ll need to arrange a consultation. During this appointment, we’ll take x-rays of your teeth and make a visual examination. Dr. Barton will talk to you about whether Invisalign is the best treatment option, and help you begin following the path toward a straight smile. Contact us today to schedule!