Many patients may only think of Invisalign as a cosmetic dental treatment that improves the smile’s look. Invisalign can straighten crooked and misaligned teeth to create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile. However, Invisalign can also affect patients’ oral health. Invisalign treatment in our Calgary, AB, dental office can address misaligned teeth, improve patient confidence, and impact dental health.
Oral Health and Invisalign in Calgary, AB
Many patients who complete Invisalign treatment can find it easier to complete everyday tasks like brushing and flossing and notice fewer problems associated with their oral health. Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign can offer:
A Simpler Oral Hygiene Routine
Straightening teeth can make it simpler to reach all the areas of the mouth for a thorough clean. Following Invisalign treatment, patients will find that they can floss between each tooth and brush the surfaces of each tooth comfortably. Even during Invisalign treatment, patients can remove their aligners to brush and floss their teeth and gums. Over time, patients will find it easier to care for their smiles.
Lowered Risk of Decay
It’s easier to clean between the teeth and reach the back of the mouth with straight teeth. The harmful bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay hide between crooked teeth and can multiply. Patients with misaligned teeth may be at an increased risk of decay because they can’t reach areas of bacterial buildup. Straightening teeth with Invisalign can create a simpler oral hygiene routine and help patients keep their smiles healthy.
Patients may cover their smiles because they are self-conscious about their teeth. After completing Invisalign treatment, patients feel more confident to smile and show their teeth. In addition, patients may also be more motivated to maintain the results of their treatment when they receive a balanced, straight smile.
Fewer Risks of TMJ Problems and Tooth Wear
Misaligned and crooked teeth can increase the risk of TMD and worn or damaged teeth. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are bite disorders that occur when the joints that connect the skull and jaw bone are damaged or under pressure. Crooked teeth place more pressure on different teeth than others, encouraging symptoms like teeth clenching and grinding, which can wear down the natural tooth enamel over time. Creating a better-aligned bite and straighter smile with Invisalign creates an even pressure on the bite and can reduce TMD symptoms for many patients.
Do you want to straighten your smile? Are you looking for an alternative to metal braces? Call Foothills Dentistry for treatment today at (587) 410-0821. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Shruti Chahal on our website. Please let Dr. Shruti Chahal know if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, and she will be happy to help.