T E N reasons why you want Invisalign.

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Invisalign is not all about vanity. It’s ironic that such a powerful product that has made leaps and bounds in orthodontics is marketed using such frivolous principles.

It’s not about the convenience of being able to eat candy while you straighten your teeth or about forgoing a metal-mouth smile in photographs.

Near invisibility and convenience aside, here are the top 10 most important reasons to use Invisalign, starting with the least important.

10. Aesthetics

I know you may be surprised by this, and I know the people marketing Invisalign may be a bit perturbed, but improvement in aesthetics is icing on the cake!

9. Aligners double as protective gear you can use the rest of your life

You can whiten and protect your teeth from grinding at night or during sporting events (like mountain biking and lifting weights) using your Invisalign aligners – the device has many functions!

8. Shorter, more efficient dental cleanings with the hygienist

Teeth that are properly aligned tend to be more self-cleansing and more self-maintaining. They’re easier to floss and they’re easier for the hygienist to clean!

Crooked teeth are very hard to clean. For example, when teeth are twisted and crowded, the instrument that the dental hygienist uses is rendered ineffective, allowing the bacteria to evade removal during the cleaning process.

7. Speech and phonetics – better speech and pronunciation

Your ability to pronounce words properly is largely determined by the position of your teeth.

I have patients in the movie, comedy, voice over, and music industries, for whom Invisalign has able to help by fine-tuning their speaking voice.

For example, if your two upper front teeth are too long or if you have an open bite, you may lisp or have difficulty to pronounce certain words, or even whistle a little bit as you speak.

6. Misaligned teeth suffer from food impaction and make it more difficult to brush and floss properly.

When teeth do not fit up against each other tightly enough, it is likely that, at every meal, a piece of stringy meat or vegetable will get caught in between the teeth and will stay there until removed by floss.

This condition is called food impaction and can cause great harm to the gums and teeth. The food is held in place by the misaligned teeth so that the bacteria can feast upon it. Facilitating their growth in your mouth will bring about accelerated gum recession and dull, throbbing pain in the mouth.

Proper positioning of the teeth facilitates easier and more efficacious flossing and brushing. If your teeth are all lined up correctly in the proper position, there is less for you to do and less to worry about to have good oral health.

5. Invisalign aligners can fix facial, jaw, and neck pain.

Patients that suffer from sore facial muscles and from the effects of grinding can not only benefit from a better bite, but they can also benefit from wearing an aligner over several months. As long as there is no joint pathology, wearing an Invisalign aligner is a great way to deprogram the muscles involved in grinding and relieve TMD symptoms.

4. Proper tooth positioning leads to better bone architecture and gum positioning, which promotes a self-maintaining mode for oral health

It’s not just what’s above the surface! When the teeth are crooked, the bone that’s supporting the tooth is also crooked, leading to complications. This is referred to as bone architecture and without optimal bone architecture, it is almost impossible to have good gum and tooth health.

3. Better digestion by more efficient chewing and breakdown of food particles in the mouth

The mouth is responsible for the first stage of the digestion of food. Improper mastication of food in the mouth has ramifications for the entire process of the absorption of nutrients throughout the body. To put it simply, you will get less nutrition out of the food you eat without a proper bite.

2. Proper positioning of the lower jaw in relationship to the upper jaw

Here’s the analogy I use with my patients. The jaw is like a door with two hinges – one hinge at each ear and the door jam and the strike plate being your teeth. In an ideal mouth, you want the door to be able to open smoothly and easily and close without effort. The door hits the strike plate and the door jam at the same time without any undue friction or sticking.

Who of us have had doors that we’ve had to force it shut? The door that doesn’t close properly will eventually pull the screws out of the hinge plates and, one day, will not be able to close.

The equivalent in the mouth is TMJ or TMD, pain in the joints, clicking and popping, misaligned jaws, inefficient and painful chewing, or the inability to chew. Perfectly aligned teeth will allow that door to open and close freely without slow deterioration of the jaw and without pain.

1. A good bite

So what’s so great about a good bite? See all of the above!

This is what orthodontics and braces were invented for – not to give you a pretty smile, as you may have been told, rather, to improve your overall health and live without pain!

We dentists study this as a science, but when we bring it to our patients, we fail to educate them and, instead, sell it to them as fluff. No doubt that a beautiful smile brings confidence and self-esteem, but without good physical health, the former is hollow!

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The importance of oral health

Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive – they can tell dentists a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you may be developing a disease like diabetes.

New research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. For example, when your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems.

Research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring.

Gum disease and health complications

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.

Other research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Such diseases include:

  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Oral cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease

Since most people have regular oral examinations, their dentist may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem in its early stages.

Poor oral health can lead to problems

If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, your poor oral hygiene can actually lead to other health problems, including:

  • Oral and facial pain. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, this pain may be largely due to infection of the gums that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, and advanced gum disease affect more than 75 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Problems with the heart and other major organs.Mouth infections can affect major organs. For example, the heart and heart valves can become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, a condition that affects people with heart disease or anyone with damaged heart tissue.
  • Digestion problems. Digestion begins with physical and chemical processes in the mouth, and problems here can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.

What you can do

Seeing a dentist regularly helps to keep your mouth in top shape and allows your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues. A dental exam can also detect poor nutrition and hygiene, growth and development problems and improper jaw alignment. Provide your dentist with a complete medical history and inform him or her of any recent health developments, even if they seem unrelated to your oral health.

At home, you can practice good oral hygiene:

  • Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Eat a healthy diet to provide the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to prevent gum disease.
  • Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
  • Exercise preventive care and schedule regular dental checkups — the surest way to detect early signs of periodontal disease.

The importance of oral health to overall health. Academy of General Dentistry.

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