Unfortunately, as we age, inevitable changes take place in our mouths. Our teeth can be affected by grinding and clenching and become worn down. Our gum line can recede, not only due to periodontal disease but also from years of brushing, chewing or both. Another side-effect of time is something called mesial drift. This is the technical term for tooth shifting. It’s also the reason our teeth may have been straight when we were kids but now look slightly (or severely) crowded. With advances in orthodontics adult braces have become more and more acceptable. However, busy adults still have many hang-ups regarding traditional metal wires, brackets and rubber bands to straighten things out. Invisalign has been around for about 15 years now and has grown in popularity for several reasons. Two of the biggest reasons Invisalign is so successful is its effectiveness and the fact that it is virtually invisible.
You might want to ask Dr. Ram if Invisalign is a viable treatment option for you.
1.Improved Esthetics. Obviously, cosmetics play a major role in a patient’s decision to straighten their teeth. Straight, symmetrical teeth (along with one of our whitening procedures) will help your confidence go through the roof.
2.Improved oral hygiene. With teeth aligned in their proper position, hygiene techniques such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing will be more effective. Less crowding results in fewer places for bacteria to hide.
3.Healthier gums. Improved hygiene results in less gum inflammation. Since gingivitis has been shown to contribute to heart disease it is safe to say that straight teeth can indirectly improve overall health.
4.Self-cleansing teeth. Better positioning of teeth in the jawbone promotes better self-maintenance by making it harder for food to become impacted. Food particles will wash away from teeth instead of getting stuck in between them.
5.Improved chewing. After straightening the upper and lower teeth, they will meet together more ideally and result in improved chewing ability. This will in turn help with proper digestion.
6.Improved speech. When teeth are not in their proper position, the tongue and lips may not function the way they’re supposed to during speech. Excessive spacing can result in lisping or a slight whistle during speech. Invisalign can reduce this effect and result in improved pronunciation.
These are just a few reasons to consider Invisalign. After consultation, if I determine that you are not a candidate for Invisalign, you may need conventional orthodontics to correct your smile. In this case, you will be referred to a specialist. However, if Invisalign is right for you, we at Riverside Family Dental are proud to offer you this treatment. Please don’t hesitate to ask me or anyone of the team members at Riverside Family Dental questions regarding treatment. Our own Hygienist, Gloria recently got Invisalign, ask her about her experience. As always, Invisalign consultations are free so feel free to set up an appointment.
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