9th April 2019
Are there health benefits to Invisalign braces?
Short answer: yes, there are so many dental health benefits to straightening your teeth with Invisalign braces. They’re the removable, discreet, and relatively comfortable orthodontic system that helps to improve the health of your gums, teeth, and bite! Without further ado, let’s explore how Invisalign braces improve your dental health…
Invisalign braces help protect against gum disease
When you have gaps in your smile, your teeth create irregular spaces that expose the soft tissues of your gums. These gaps make it easy for bacteria and plaque to build up around the base of the teeth and rest atop the gum line in hard-to-reach areas. The plaque can irritate your gums and cause gum disease, which shows itself as red, swollen, and occasionally bleeding gums. This can also cause the gum tissue to recede from the teeth, giving an elongated tooth appearance and even causing instability. Gum disease is incredibly common in the UK and contributes a lot to the loss of an adult tooth. Closing these gaps with Invisalign braces helps to draw teeth back into alignment and cover the vulnerable areas of gums, lessening the risks of developing or worsening gum disease.
Invisalign braces help protect against cavities
Closing gaps in your teeth isn’t the only way Invisalign braces improve your dental health. Crowded teeth and irregular alignment can create a crooked smile with overlapping teeth. These teeth provide the perfect folds and nooks for plaque and bacteria to hide away in, and their irregularity helps to shield them from brushing. Any shelter for bacteria and plaque is a cavity risk, so crooked teeth being hard to clean properly could lead to decay and enamel erosion. Invisalign braces straighten your teeth to create a more even and regular surface area. This not only provides a straighter smile but also creates a surface area that is far easier to clean and fewer opportunities for plaque to stow away in your mouth.
Invisalign braces help to correct your bite
You might not realise it, but a misaligned bite could be causing you pain in your head, neck, shoulders, and jaw. When your teeth fit together irregularly, your jaw can sometimes compensate for the lack of symmetry by naturally letting them sit in a more accommodating position in your mouth. This can be an open bite (when the back teeth meet together when biting down or rest, but the front teeth don’t) or a crossbite (when one jaw sits off-centre from the other, creating a ‘cross’ of teeth). Bite issues like these can cause speech impediments, strain, tooth wear and tear, and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). By correcting bites issues using Invisalign braces, you could drastically change the way your jaws and not just your teeth fit together. This could help relieve a lot of strain on your teeth, jaw, and other parts of your body that absorb this kind of pressure like your shoulders.
Invisalign braces in London are a favourite tooth straightening system because they are clear and removable, but straightening your teeth has many different health benefits too. If you’d like to book your initial consultation, contact Crescent Lodge Dental Practice today on 020 7622 5333.