Orthodontic treatment is well-known for its ability to straighten even the most crooked smiles, but the perks don’t stop there. Orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health too.
Dr. Kenneth Higgins and our experienced team at IDTC Dental Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, offer Invisalign® — a state-of-the-art orthodontic system — so you can improve the look and health of your smile all at the same time.
Below, Dr. Higgins highlights the five top dental health benefits of Invisalign treatments.
1. Reduced cavities
You might not associate straight teeth with fewer cavities, but the reality is that straighter teeth can help you avoid unwanted tooth decay, especially decay between two teeth. When your teeth are crowded tightly together, it’s harder to floss. Flossing removes plaque, bacteria, and debris from between your teeth, and without adequate flossing, your risk of tooth decay increases.
Straightening your teeth makes it easier to floss — and that helps you keep cavities at bay.
2. Fewer oral lesions
Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move your teeth. While effective, the metal brackets can contribute to blisters, sores, or cuts in your mouth or on your lips. Invisalign doesn’t use metal. Instead, your clear aligner trays are made of a soft, BPA-free material called SmartTrack®. Without the blisters and cuts from metal brackets, your treatment is much more comfortable.
3. Reduced risk of gingivitis
Traditional braces make it more challenging to keep up with your oral hygiene routine at home. In particular, flossing is much more complicated — although not impossible. If you can’t thoroughly floss along your gum line, you’re more at risk for developing gingivitis. That’s not the case with Invisalign. Because Invisalign trays are removable, you can thoroughly clean your gum line.
4. Fewer chips and cracked teeth
Bite problems, including overbites and crossbites, can cause cosmetic concerns, but bad bites affect your dental health too. According to the experts at Colgate, bad bites — or malocclusion — don’t just cause cosmetic problems, but it can lead to broken or chipped teeth as well. If your teeth don’t line up, it can put strain and stress on some of your teeth, which increases the risk of tooth fractures.
Straightening your teeth and addressing malocclusion can reduce your risk of fractures related to bite problems. Fixing your bite also improves your ability to chew with ease. Invisalign can correct four different types of malocclusion, including open bites, underbites, crossbites, and overbites.
5. Less jaw pain
If you have several crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, it can affect how you chew — such as always chewing on one side, contributing to your jaw pain. This can lead to additional stress on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). In other words, misalignments don’t just cause chipped teeth. Misaligned jaws can also contribute to jaw pain. Correcting this can improve your jaw health too.
Start your treatment today
Invisalign treatments are completely tailored to you, from the custom-fit aligner trays to the exact 3D imaging scans. Your treatment plan is laid out from your first tray to your last tray. If you’re ready to enhance the look of your smile — while supporting your oral health — talk to us today! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Higgins at (972) 264-4382. You can also reach us via our online appointment scheduling tool.