Why Straighter Teeth are Easier to Maintain
A number of problems ranging from cavities and gum disease to teeth grinding and tooth damage can be avoided just by undergoing orthodontic treatment. These common dental problems are less likely to occur because orthodontic treatment corrects the alignment and spacing of your teeth which makes them easier to maintain.
Crooked or Misaligned Teeth are Difficult to Clean
Teeth that are shifted, overlapping, or crooked are extremely difficult to clean because your mouth has developed tiny spaces and pockets where food particles, bacteria, and plaque can hide.
In order to keep your gums and teeth healthy, you need to remove bacteria, plaque, and food particles by brushing or flossing, but most toothbrushes and dental floss cannot reach the pockets and spaces created by misaligned or crooked teeth. When bacteria, plaque and food particles are left behind after cleaning it increases your chances of developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Following a proper dental care routine that includes brushing at least three times a day, flossing daily, and scheduling regular professional cleanings can help reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, but it might not be enough. There may still be tiny pockets and spaces where the bacteria and plaque continue to grow even with professional cleanings and good at-home dental care. The only real way to solve this problem is to make your teeth easier to maintain. This can be done by undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct the alignment and spacing of your teeth.
Proper Alignment Helps You Avoid Damage to Your Teeth
When your teeth aren’t properly aligned, some of the teeth in your mouth may forcibly hit against each other as you talk or chew. While this wouldn’t present a problem if it happened occasionally, it does create a number of problems when it happens for prolonged periods of time.
If the teeth in your mouth are constantly hitting each other due to poor alignment, the enamel can wear down, chips can appear, and the teeth may crack or break. Broken, worn, or chipped teeth are often more difficult to maintain than healthy, strong teeth. Avoid adding more work to your oral care routine by choosing to correct the alignment of your teeth through orthodontic treatment.
Get Straighter, Properly Aligned Teeth with Invisalign
Many people are reluctant to consider undergoing orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to have to walk around with a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. Luckily, there is an orthodontic treatment option that helps shift teeth into their proper place and correct alignment without the use of wires, brackets, and rubber bands.
Invisalign uses a set of removable aligners to move your teeth. These removable aligners are made of clear plastic which make them blend in with your natural teeth so people won’t be able to tell that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Making your orthodontic treatment less noticeable is just one of the benefits of Invisalign. Another benefit is the ease in which you can brush or floss when undergoing orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, all you have to do is pop the aligners out of your mouth and then brush or floss as you normally would.
Other benefits of Invisalign include:
- Fewer office visits. Your dentist will see you approximately every six weeks to monitor your progress.
- Fewer food restrictions. You will be able to eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about food getting stuck in your brackets or wires.
- Faster treatment time. The average treatment time for Invisalign is approximately 9 to 15 months.
- Less painful as you don’t need to have wires tightened or adjusted
Schedule an Appointment with Your Dentist to Discuss Invisalign Treatment
One of the good things about Invisalign is you don’t have to go to an orthodontist to start treatment as most general dentists offer this service.
If you live in the Melbourne, Florida area and are interested in discussing Invisalign, call Artistic Touch Dentistry to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Brazdo. Dr. Brazdo will gladly help you determine if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment.