Straightening your teeth isn’t just about having a great-looking smile. It can have an even greater impact on your overall dental health and wellbeing.
Having straighter teeth can allow for easier brushing, as well as reduce the risk of bad breath and decay. Straighter teeth are also less prone to gum disease, play a vital role in how we shape words with our mouth, and when teeth are properly aligned, they fit much tighter around the gums.
In contrast, crooked teeth can be harder to clean, allowing plaque to build up, which can lead to bacteria. Crooked teeth can also increase your risk of developing cavities, while a misalignment of the teeth and jaw can put a lot of pressure on your teeth, causing gums to recede, as well as tissue and bone damage and even headaches and facial pain.
In recent years, clear aligners have become a very popular choice when it comes to teeth straightening. More comfortable and affordable than traditional braces, a clear aligner is virtually invisible. It will gradually move teeth into the right position, helping to correct overlapping teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites and gaps between the teeth without having to undergo a full mouth correction. You can also remove it whenever you need to eat, floss, brush your teeth or for special occasions.
Among the most well-known clear aligner brands is Invisalign. Made from a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack, it is FDA-approved, free of any BPA, BPS, latex or gluten, and is the only existing treatment at the moment to use such features as Bite Ramps, Precision Cuts and Power Ridge.
An experienced Invisalign dentist will digitally design a clear aligner using 3D mapping that’s customised to fit your smile. They will also create a treatment plan so you can track your progress.
In order to get the best out of your clear aligner, you’ll need to wear it for up to 20-22 hours a day for the next 6-18 months. Like braces, clear aligners can be worn by most age groups, with bone density often being a key indicator as to whether someone is a good candidate.
It’s also important to keep in mind that your clear aligner might require additional attachments that will have to be added or removed by your orthodontist. You’ll also need to cut back on hot drinks like tea or coffee in order to protect the shape of your aligner and to avoid any stains.
Straighter teeth won’t magically straighten out everything in your life, but they can help improve your confidence. We just love watching the look on our patients’ faces when they see their new smile for the first time. And hopefully, we can one day do the same for you…
To get started on your dental health journey, call or email Positive Dental Health today!