October is National Orthodontic Health Month! A beautiful smile is not the only benefit of having straighter teeth. Did you know that properly aligned teeth can also affect your overall health?
When left untreated, crooked teeth can often lead to periodontal disease and premature wear on your enamel. Periodontal disease may also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and other illnesses that can significantly affect your overall health and well-being.
At Access Dental, we offer Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces, to help you get a healthier straighter smile.
Healthier Teeth & Gums
Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign® comes in. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position — without unsightly brackets and wires.
Increased Overall Health
Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile — say a lot about your overall health.
Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. Invisalign® aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.
Besides being virtually invisible, Invisalign has many advantages over traditional braces. One of the biggest challenges of having braces is all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires, which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. With Invisalign®, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to brush and floss the way you normally do.
We are dedicated to helping our patients get a confident and healthy smile! At Access Dental, our Invisalign® certified dentist can help you achieve not just a straighter smile, but a healthier one as well.
If you’ve ever wondered if Invisalign® is right for you, then call us today for a complimentary consultation!