The innovative Invisalign System that consists of a series of clear, removable aligners which move teeth discreetly is a fast, effective, hygienic alternative to conventional metal braces. The relatively small, additional cost of Invisalign treatment is well worth it as this teeth straightening option provides many benefits.
While no one disputes the fact that straight teeth are certainly more attractive than crooked teeth, many people are not aware that Invisalign treatment offers several health benefits.
Problems Associated with Misaligned Teeth
Most people are not born with an ideal bite or perfectly aligned teeth. However, for most people, these are not serious issues even though they can become serious later in life. A great many people have misaligned teeth which include crooked teeth, overbites and underbites. Misaligned teeth can cause a range of health issues including insomnia, headaches, ear aches, facial pain, neck pain, jaw clicking and pain when chewing.
Misaligned Teeth can Cause Stress to Muscles and Bones
When you have misaligned teeth that don’t fit together properly when chewing, the surrounding muscles and joints have to work harder to compensate when chewing your food. This places stress on the jaw joint and makes the facial muscles tense. This muscle tenseness and joint stress can produce a “trickle down” effect to impact other joints and muscles in your body. The misalignment that started with the teeth can cause the teeth to wear abnormally and it can also trickle down into the lower back muscles and hip & leg joints which can affect your posture and how you carry your body.
Invisalign can Effectively Correct Teeth Misalignment
From common cases of crooked teeth and protruding teeth to more difficult dental problems involving serious malocclusion, overbite or underbite, Invisalign can effectively correct a wide range of dental problems. Whether your teeth have noticeable gaps between them, are overly crowded or are somewhere in between, Invisalign can be an affordable, comfortable teeth straightening option for you.
How Invisalign is Better Than Braces
When you’re wearing traditional metal braces, there are restrictions put on what types of foods you can eat. Your orthodontist will tell you that you should avoid eating hard, chewing and sticky foods because these foods can damage or break the brackets and wires of your metal braces. But when you’re wearing Invisalign, you can continue to enjoy all the foods you love because you can take your aligners out when eating and then simply put them back in when done.
Invisalign Makes it Easy to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
It can be very challenging to brush and floss your teeth when you’re wearing metal braces as food particles can easily become trapped in the nooks and crannies of the brackets and wires. But with Invisalign, you can brush and floss as you normally do because you can remove the aligners to clean your teeth and then just pop them back in done. And, because there are no wires to adjust, you won’t have to make regular appointments to have your braces adjusted which means more free time to do what you enjoy instead of sitting in a dental chair!
These are some of the main benefits associated with wearing Invisalign. The best part for many patients is aesthetics because when you’re wearing Invisalign, most people won’t even notice you’re having your teeth straightened.
If you would like to find out if you or your teen is a candidate for Invisalign, please request an appointment with our Reno and Sparks, NV orthodontics office. We look forward to meeting you soon!