9 Reasons Invisalign isn’t just about a prettier smile
The benefits of orthodontic treatment aren’t just about having a better-looking smile. Even if cosmetics aren’t your main concern, there are many reasons to consider straightening your teeth that go beyond cosmetic issues.
The benefits of having straighter teeth can affect the health and function of your mouth as well as your entire body.
Straighter teeth can lead to:
Studies have shown that straighter teeth are generally healthier teeth. With straighter teeth, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal (gum) disease can be reduced.
Also, properly aligned teeth can help gums “fit” tighter around them, which may lead to better periodontal health. And since periodontal disease can have an impact on many other systemic diseases, maintaining good periodontal health is good for your whole body.
Easier home care
Straighter teeth are easier for you to keep clean at home. Properly positioned teeth are easier to brush and easier to floss. This means that between your regular visits to the dentist, your home care is more effective when you have straighter teeth.
Straight teeth are easier for the hygienist to clean. Crowded or crooked teeth provide additional nooks and crannies for plaque to linger. Misaligned teeth might even block access to removing all of the debris. Your hygienist needs to work even harder to clean your teeth when they aren’t straight.
Improved chewing and digestion
Poorly aligned teeth can reduce your ability to chew properly or make certain foods more difficult to eat. Many of these more challenging foods are healthy, and avoiding them can cause you to limit your diet to softer, often less-nutritious foods, such as ice cream and canned soup.
Straighter teeth and a better ability to chew let you eat crunchy foods, such as apples and carrots; stringy foods, such as asparagus and chicken; and chewy foods, such as raisins.
Teeth are key to speech and proper articulation. Misaligned teeth can make it extremely difficult to correctly pronounce certain words. It can cause significant lisps, whistling or a slurring of words which can be distracting and even damaging to your social and professional relationships.
Less risk of damaged teeth
Normal chewing produces over 150 pounds of force on your molars. If this force is unequally distributed, teeth can fracture, wear down and may eventually loosen.
Orthodontic treatment of misaligned teeth can prevent tooth damage and tooth loss. Properly aligned teeth are less stressful on the supporting bone and jaw joints also.
Better restorative outcomes
If you begin with a compromise, you end up with a compromise. Veneers or tooth crowns created on misaligned teeth may compromise the underlying tooth structure, are more likely to have a less than ideal appearance, are more likely to chip, fracture or fall off, and are less pleasing in the overall smile.
Longer lasting dentistry
Teeth that are properly aligned distribute bite forces more evenly along the entire arch therefore bridges, crowns, veneers and other dental restorations have a longer life expectancy.
Bonus: Better appearance during treatment
Ok, we admit this one is a bit about cosmetics, so we didn’t include it in our count. But many adults don’t consider doing orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to be seen with a “metal mouth.” Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible so most people won’t even know you are having treatment.
All things considered, even if a more cosmetic smile is not your main concern, you may still want to consider orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or are too widely spaced, contact our office at (802) 424-8517 and schedule a consultation today.