Why Straighten Teeth with Invisalign Clear Aligners?
To many it may seem like the benefits of having straighter teeth are purely cosmetic in nature. And those cosmetic benefits certainly do exist! Studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight aligned teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other very important benefits as well.
Consequences from Crooked Teeth
There are many different ways misaligned, crowded, or crooked teeth can negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life. Let us take a look at a few of the big ones.
Difficult To Clean
When teeth overlap each other in ways they aren’t meant to, they can be much harder to clean with standard brushing and flossing than with straighter teeth. If teeth aren’t getting cleaned as effectively, then they become more vulnerable to tooth decay (cavities) as well as gum swelling (gingivitis), gum loss (recession) and even gum disease.
Impede Clear Speech
Underbites, severe overbites, and other teeth alignment problems can interfere with a person’s ability to speak clearly, leading to lisps, spitting when talking and other distortions in articulation of speach.
Interfere With Healthy Digestion
Chewing is a critical part of the digestion process. Our saliva begins to break food down on a chemical level while our teeth break it apart into more manageable pieces. Misaligned teeth and bite can make it difficult or even impossible to chew food well enough, which forces the rest of the digestive system to pick up the slack. This can lead to a number of unpleasant GI consequences, and it can even make it harder to lose weight!
Can Interfere With Healthy Breathing
If your teeth don’t fit comfortably together, you might keep them apart instead of closing your jaws when resting. This can lead to mouth breathing, which has many negative health effects. The two most connected to oral health concerns are chronic bad breath and dry mouth.
Can Cause Jaw Problems
If there’s something wrong with your bite, that can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Symptoms include a clicking jaw joint with nuscle jaw pain, and frequent headaches.
Do Your Teeth Need Straightening?
Having aligned teeth eliminates or greatly reduces all of these problems. This, paired with the cosmetic advantages and the boost in confidence, makes Clear Aligner treatment (ie. Invisalign) a very worthwhile investment. If you think you could benefit from Invisalign treatment, our practice offers both Invisalign and Accelerated Invisalign options. Dr. Steven Davidowitz has been given the title of an Invisalign Elite Provider designating him as a leader in Clear Aligner Therapy in the country! In the meantime, keep brushing, flossing, and scheduling your regular dental appointments!
You deserve the best for your teeth!
Instilling Confidence In Your Teenager
Invisalign Teen is hands down the most hygienic way for your Teens to straighten their teeth while maintaining proper levels of self confidence and esteem. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear removable custom made aligners for your teen’s teeth. They simply wear them over their teeth and change them out for new sets every two weeks. Over time, your child’s teeth will gradually shift into correct positions, achieving a confident healthy smile.
If you have had braces yourself, then you already know the complaints and issues with traditional metal wires and brackets. Invisalign Teen allows removal of the orthodontic aligners during extracurricular activities that could be compromised with regular braces. Your teen can play sports safely without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause major damage with braces. They can continue to play musical instruments properly, without braces getting in the way.
With braces, there are many foods your teen shouldn’t eat, from apples, carrots, to popcorn and hard nuts. With Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions. The risk of generalized tooth decay and gingivitis of the gums associated with traditional braces is exponentially increased with that form of orthodontics as it is difficult to remove food, brush, and floss and maintain any sense of proper oral hygiene. The removable aligners, on the other hand, have a very low risk of any increase in cavities or gingivitis as by simply removing the aligners it is easy to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.
Research has shown that parents underestimate the extent to which teenagers feel self conscious about their smiles. Using braces as a solution can often make this poor self esteem even lower. With Invisalign Teen, a teenager can feel confident while straightening their teeth, removing a potential source of real anxiety for them.
When worn according to Dr. Davidowitz’ recommendations Invisalign teen can be just as effective as any traditional braces for most of the common teeth-straightening issues. These include treatment of mild to severe crowding, spacing (gaps), overbite and flaring teeth. The chances are that your teen is a candidate for Invisalign Teen. An exam and consult is all that is needed to find out for sure.
Dr. Davidowitz, is a well known and respected Invisalign Elite provider, a title given to the top 3% of Invisalign providers in the country. Dr. Davidowitz uses Invisalign Teen on teenagers who are fifteen and older. Teens must have their permanent teeth erupting or fully erupted. Invisalign Teen candidates must be mature enough to wear the aligners properly and follow Dr. Davidowitz’ instructions. Invisalign Teen has a built in assurance check; each aligner has a blue indicator that fades over time when used as directed. This helps both the Doctor and Teen follow proper compliance. With Invisalign Teen there is a “Lost Aligner Forgiveness”, as our teens do lead busy lives and aligners may get lost in the shuffle. Invialign Teen will replace six replacement aligner free of charge.
Invisalign Teen often requires less time visiting the dentist than with traditional braces. There are no broken wires to fix or wires to bend. After the initial appointment, follow up appointments are usually every 4-8 weeks.
Invisalign Teen costs about the same as traditional braces and is covered by many dental insurances. Our office allows interest free low monthly payment financing through care credit as an option as well. Be sure to inquire about Accelerated Invisalign Teen. A treatment option to safely speed up your teens orthodontic treatment and cut the treatment time by 50% !