If you’ve been dealing with problems like crooked, crowded, gapped or misaligned teeth, then you’re probably more than ready to have your bite corrected. However, the thought of braces doesn’t excite you. Thankfully, there is the alternative of Invisalign in Los Gatos. Read on to discover 4 benefits that go beyond improved smile aesthetics!
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign method straightens teeth using a series of clear plastic trays that strategically apply pressure to encourage movement. The process starts with your dentist capturing digital images of the current state of your teeth. They’re used to create a customized treatment plan, which is then sent to an Invisalign-certified lab that will fabricate a complete set of aligner trays.
Once they’re ready, you’ll be invited back to your dentist’s office to retrieve them and to receive the following instructions:
- To wear the trays for 20-22 hours a day
- To remove the trays before eating or drinking anything other than water
- To clean the trays and your teeth with each removal
- To avoid leaving the trays in hot environments, as this could lead to warping
As eluded to earlier, there are several benefits of receiving Invisalign treatment; let’s take a look at a few of them.
#1 – A Way to Prevent TMD
The abbreviation ‘TMD’ stands for temporomandibular disorder, which refers to the inflammation and irritation of the joint that opens and closes the jaw. Teeth misalignment can contribute to the development of this condition as it causes the jaw to shift. Thus, correcting the bite with Invisalign provides functional benefits in addition to the aesthetic perks.
#2 – Improved Speech and Pronunciation
While the teeth may just seem like tools to allow for eating and smiling with confidence, they play other subtle yet important roles. One of them is to dictate how well you speak by working in conjunction with your tongue to form words.
You can expect better all-around speech with a straight set of teeth.
#3 – Better Digestion
Also, not to be overlooked is that with straight teeth, you’ll enjoy better digestion. This is of great significance because to fully extract the nutrients that are packed in the foods eaten, you need to be able to chew them properly.
#4 – Improved Oral Hygiene
It’s no secret that one of the best ways to maintain excellent oral health is to clean your teeth on a consistent basis. To make the process more effective, though, it helps to have straight teeth that allow you easier access with a toothbrush or dental floss.
Whether from a functional or aesthetic perspective, the perks of undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign are numerous. So to experience the total benefits, reach out to your cosmetic dentist to schedule a visit today!
About the Author
For over 40 years, Dr. Greg Sawyer has been providing top-notch dental care. Still, the U.S.C. graduate remains just as driven to improve his patients’ oral health and boost their confidence as he was at the start of his dental career. Dr. Sawyer straightens teeth with Invisalign at Los Gatos Dental Group, and he can be reached for more information through his website.