Chances are, you’ve heard of Invisalign®. This popular straightening system uses a series of clear, custom made, plastic aligners to progressively shift your teeth into a more ideal position. Many people choose Invisalign® because of its cosmetic benefits—the transparent aligners are close to invisible on your teeth, so you can subtly straighten your smile without shiny, noticeable brackets and wires. While Invisalign® does offer obvious aesthetic advantages, it also provides a variety of health benefits, both during and after treatment. Dr. Stephen J. Gershberg and our team routinely recommend Invisalign® for our patients because this innovative system can help you enjoy a healthier, more beautiful smile. In the following blog, we describe how Invisalign® can improve your oral, dental and general wellbeing.
Simpler, Easier Oral Hygiene
One key feature of Invisalign®’s oral appliances is that they are removable. While you must wear them for at least 20 hours per day, you can slip them off of your teeth as needed. This means that you don’t have to worry about food restrictions, since you can simply take out your aligner at mealtimes. Even more importantly, you can remove your appliance to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash. Gone are the days of wedging floss around brackets or using special scrubbing tools to remove debris from around wires. With Invisalign®, you can more easily clean away food particles, plaque, and tartar to prevent periodontal disease and decay during the straightening process.
Happier, Healthier Gums
Metal or plastic brackets and wires can effectively straighten your teeth, but they aren’t particularly comfortable to wear. These devices can rub against your periodontal tissue or even cut your gums, especially if they malfunction and shift out of their proper position. Applying wax to conventional braces can somewhat alleviate these issues, but often not entirely. Invisalign®’s clear appliances are smooth and simple to wear.
Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth
Misaligned, crowded, or gapped teeth aren’t just unsightly—they can also be quite unhealthy. WebMD notes that crookedness can “make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis” and “strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth.” With this in mind, straightening your teeth can help you ensure their longevity, avoiding oral trauma and a variety of other dental health issues. Correcting your smile can help you keep it for life.
Your Smile and Your Body
Enhancing your oral health can also impact your general wellbeing. Mayo Clinic reports that the condition of your teeth and gums has been linked to a variety of medical concerns, from endocarditis (heart infection) to Alzheimer’s disease. Taking care of your teeth by cleaning them, attending routine appointments, and correcting crookedness can help you maintain your health.
About Your Main Line Invisalign® Dentist
Dr. Gershberg is an outstanding dentist with over thirty years of experience. He can use his knowledge and expertise to help you improve every facet of your smile, including straightening your teeth with Invisalign®. To learn more about this treatment or schedule a consultation with Dr. Gershberg, email us today or call (610) 527-6700.