Crooked Teeth – More Than a Cosmetic Issue
Many patients enter our office, thinking that the primary goal of orthodontic intervention is for correcting cosmetic issues relating to their smile. However, crooked teeth can lead to more severe health issues than an unappealing aesthetic.
Invisalign benefits patients by enabling them to correct misaligned, crooked teeth. This can substantially lower their risk of developing issues like headaches, halitosis, gum disease, tooth decay, and further tooth damage or erosion.
Straightening teeth not only helps individuals improve their appearance, but also improves their overall and oral health in the process. Dr. Andres de Cardenas wants to share some health risks derivative of crooked teeth that Invisalign benefits can remedy.
Some patients display a lack of room in the jaw for all their teeth to fit in properly. When this occurs, teeth can become crowded. This problem can result in tooth decay, gum disease, and worsen plaque buildup over time.
With convenient and easily-installed aligner trays, Invisalign benefits crooked teeth by gently moving teeth into position. This helps straighten crooked teeth while opening up space in an overcrowded mouth, effectively remedying this situation.
Invisalign can remedy everything from open bites to over and under bites. An open bite is characterized by upper or lower teeth that do not contact those they face. This is often the result of excessive thumb-sucking or potentially due to malformations in jaw formation.
Overbites occur when the upper teeth protrude beyond the teeth at the bottom. This can result from underdeveloped bones, genetics, or poor oral health. Underbites result from insufficient growth in the upper jaw or some combination of these aforementioned circumstances.
Patients with mouth issues frequently suffer from low self-esteem. Self-confidence remains essential for all individuals, especially at a young age. Invisalign benefits these individuals by shifting teeth into proper positions.
Although this can take up to a year for this to occur, patients can attain a beautiful, anatomically-correct smile. Straightening teeth with Invisalign helps individuals feel like themselves while interacting with others, smiling, laughing, talking, and eating.
If a patient’s teeth appear improperly spaced, crooked, or overcrowded, they remain at risk for gum disease, increasing its likelihood at some point during the future. When Invisalign correctly positions teeth where they should reside, the gums fit firmly around the teeth. This cultivates a stout barrier to combat bacteria, as well as infection.
A crossbite problem is when a patient closes their mouth, and the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, as opposed to on the outside. This can make the teeth begin to wear down prematurely and chip. Crossbites also lead to issues with gums receding and bone loss. Invisalign helps correct the jaw position, including aligning the tooth and jaw positions when individuals suffer from crossbite problems.
Outlining Invisalign Benefits with Dr. Andres de Cardenas
No matter your age or tooth alignment/bite problems, Invisalign benefits can provide a solution. By capitalizing on this innovative and seemingly invisible system, you can happily show off your lovely smile with confidence.
The treatment is easy, simply wear the first set of aligners for two weeks. Then, you can move up to a new set which you will wear for an additional two weeks. You will continue this process after each two-week period until the treatment concludes.
To learn more about how Invisalign benefits can offer you a straight, beautiful, healthy smile, contact Dr. Andres de Cardenas today!