Everyone knows that straight teeth give you a beautiful smile. Did you know that straighter teeth can also affect your overall health? Crooked or misaligned teeth also known as malocclusion affects seventy-four percent American adults. Left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws which can lead to premature wear. The effects of crooked teeth can worsen over time and may adversely affect your overall health.
Common types of misalignment include:
edge to edge bite
and excessive overjet
Crooked teeth can affect your bite creating unnatural stress and pressure leading to premature wear. Teeth that are subject to excessive pressure can develop chipping and not just at the gum line. Over time the excessive force may also cause flattened or worn down teeth or chipping and fractures at the edges of teeth. Additionally, a bad bite may produce improper forces on the jaw joint that may lead to pain in the jaw, ear ache, and even headaches.
Premature wear can lead to gum recession, poor bone supported the roots, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. Teeth that fit together correctly last longer and are likely to need less costly dentistry in the future. Crooked teeth can affect your periodontal health because it’s difficult to remove plaque and bacteria from the crowded areas.
Bacteria that is not properly removed will multiply and trigger periodontal disease which began with gum inflammation, redness, and bleeding while brushing and flossing. If left untreated, over time gum inflammation will progress to chronic infection, soft tissue damage, receding gums, periodontal pockets, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.
These conditions can lead to painful repair and maintenance in the future which could amount to thousands of dollars and expense and countless hours in the dentist’s chair. Problems in the oral cavity are best treated in the early stages.
Crooked teeth that are left untreated can trap bacteria that damaged gum tissue cells and invade blood vessels. This can cause damage to cells that line your coronary arteries increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illness. Correctly position your teeth for proper alignment and function will help prevent future dental problems and make a significant difference toward a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth for life. Ask your doctor and hygienist today about Invisalign, a series of clear aligners that are custom made to gradually move and align your teeth. Start on the road to a healthier you today.
At Feather Sound Smiles, we are committed to using the best technology available to give you a beautiful smile. For patients with bite alignment or teeth alignment issues, this means using clear braces for discreet and effective care. Our Clearwater, FL dental office is proud to offer our patients the benefits of Invisalign® for straighter smiles.
The Advantage of Clear Braces
Invisalign® is a system for straightening teeth that don’t require the use of metal or wires; Invisalign® utilizes a number of clear trays to correct your smile. These trays are made to fit over your teeth throughout each phase of teeth movement, in order to help you meet your goals.
Because this system uses clear, removable trays, you’ll enjoy:
An Easy Oral Hygiene Routine: Your aligners can be taken out and brushed gently for a thorough clean – no special picks or floss required.
Diet Freedom: Because the trays are removable, you can take them out to eat and drink. You won’t have to worry about damaging the appliance with your food choices because you won’t be wearing the clear trays at mealtimes.
Low-Profile Care: Invisalign® is so-named because its specially designed trays are ultra-clear. You might be surprised to learn that many people won’t know you’re wearing them.
Full Comfort: The plastic aligners are smooth and won’t hurt the inside of your cheeks, your tongue, or lips.
While braces of any kind might seem too youthful for adult patients, Invisalign® is perfect for both teenage and mature patients. Because it’s so discreet, you don’t have to worry about treatment affecting your professional or social life. Our Clearwater dentist, Dr. Daoud, recommends Invisalign® for just about any orthodontic problem. If you have an off-balance bite, crowded teeth, or a gapped smile, we can help you address these issues with our clear braces treatment.
Invisalign for Teens and Adult
Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision that affects not only your appearance but your lifestyle as well. As an adult, you may be looking to improve your smile for business and social reasons, or even for a special occasion like your wedding day. Or perhaps you’re a teen or the parent of a teen looking for an effective yet modern-day solution. Either way, Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® can provide a simple way to accomplish this without having to put your life on hold. Take a moment to learn more about the entire Invisalign treatment process and how it can help you by visiting www.invisalign.com.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you.
There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Making the decision to straighten your teeth is much easier when you know that Invisalign® is flexible enough to let you live your life the way you want to. With Invisalign, you don’t need to worry about the gum and mouth irritation other teeth-straightening methods can cause.
The aligner trays are not only smooth and comfortable to wear, but they’re also removable. That means you can continue doing all the things you normally would, from brushing and flossing to eating whatever you like. With other devices, brushing and flossing properly can often take up to 30 minutes!
Special occasion coming up? No problem — just take your aligners out for that time and pop them back in when you’re ready. Of course, even when you’re wearing them, most people won’t even know you’re going through treatment because they are virtually invisible!
Invisalign is also ideal for your busy schedule, with fewer doctor visits required (approximately every six weeks).
Invisalign Vs. Braces Cost: Which Is Right for You?
Whether it’s you or your kid who needs straighter teeth, you’ll want to look into both traditional braces and Invisalign to decide which method better suits your needs.
Perhaps you’re an adult who’s been smiling comfortably your whole life and wants to avoid the potential embarrassment caused by a mouth full of braces. Or maybe your teen is just too self-conscious so you’ll do everything in your power to ease the awkwardness of their adolescence. Being a teenager is awkward enough as it is, some might argue. Whatever your situation may be, use this helpful list of pros and cons to guide you towards an informed decision on how to best straighten your teeth.
What’s the Difference?
They’ll both straighten your pearly whites, but they employ different technologies.
Braces, metal brackets that an orthodontist will glue to your teeth and secure with wires and rubber bands, have been around for some time. While the modern version of braces was invented in the early 1800s, the obsession with straight teeth dates all the way backs to ancient Romans. Their methods could be considered the earliest form of braces with crude bands used to straighten teeth.
Invisalign, on the other hand, first came into use in the year 2000. This method consists of two aligner trays made out of plastic that your orthodontist will create based on x-rays. No rubber bands or brackets necessary. As the name suggests, this method is meant to be as inconspicuous as possible, so don’t choose Invisalign if you were looking forward to color-coordinating your rubber bands with your personality.
Benefits of Braces
Your orthodontist will probably inform you if you should go with braces over of Invisalign. They’re more effective when you have more complex issues with your teeth. But, if you have the option to choose, here are a few reasons you might want to stick with this more traditional technology.
– You only need check-ups once a month. Less visiting the orthodontist means more time enjoying your life.
– On average, braces are usually cheaper. They’ll run you between $1,800-$5,500 depending on how long you wear them.
– Irremovable, so there’s never any temptation to skip a day. If you have less self-discipline, braces might serve you better.
– Braces require fewer steps to keep clean. Just the regular brushing and flossing for your braces, although some orthodontists might recommend using a water pick as well.
Benefits of Invisalign
We all know the main reason Invisalign is so popular. What could be better than invisible braces? If no one can see them, no one can call you metal mouth. Other good reasons to choose Invisalign include:
– Avoid worrying about food getting caught in your teeth since you can remove Invisalign to eat and floss after meals.
– No discomfort with wires and brackets cutting up the sides of your mouth.
Disadvantage of Braces
Use the following list if you’re trying to convince your parents to buy you Invisalign.
– The wires and brackets may cause pain and even sores inside your mouth.
– After several years of braces, you may end up with tooth discoloration or breakage (this really depends on whether you’re cleaning and maintaining properly).
– If you love popcorn and chewing gum, you’ll feel deprived for the next few years while you’re stuck in braces. Every orthodontist you meet will sternly advise against eating sticky or hard foods.
– If you’re an athlete who plays rough, contact sports, Invisalign could prove a better choice for you as braces add a risk of a mouth or jaw injury.
Disadvantage of Invisalign
If your mouth is free of bridgework, canines that need rotating, and bite issues, Invisalign may seem like the obvious choice, but first, consider the following disadvantages.
– Invisalign requires frequent trips to your orthodontist. The aligner trays have to be changed every two weeks, and on top of that, you’ll need check-ups every 4-6 weeks.
– You must remove the trays before eating and drinking anything besides water, which allows you to eat the foods you like but could also become a hassle.
– The cleaning process is a little more complicated. To avoid staining, you’ll have to remove the trays and brush after each meal.
– Because the trays are removable, this method requires discipline. If you can manage to keep the trays in for 22 hours a day, you’ll be all set.
– Finally, Invisalign may be an investment your bank account doesn’t like. This technology costs $5,000 on average.
The decision to get braces or Invisalign will profoundly affect your oral health. Your teeth will thank you for making the most informed decision.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign can run as low as $3,500. The average Invisalign cost is about $5,000.
How Do I Get Invisalign® in Clearwater?
The first step to getting clear braces is to contact our office for your consultation. Dr. Daoud will sit with you to determine your goals and help tailor treatment to your needs. We take digital images of your smile and send that information to Invisalign®’s laboratory, where your aligners will be made to fit your teeth at each stage of the treatment plan.
Once they’re ready to be worn, you’ll come back to our office, where you’ll get your first aligner. Aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day, with each one being used for about two weeks before you’ll move on to the next phase of treatment.
Ready to Learn More about Invisalign®? Contact FeatherSound Smiles!
We’re confident that a straight and healthy smile can do wonders for your health and happiness. If you have questions about how you can get Invisalign® in Clearwater, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Daoud at (727) 561-0800 or make an appointment online. We look forward to giving you the smile you deserve!