Orthodontic treatment is a great way of looking after your teeth and promoting better dental health for the rest of your life. Dentists recommend undergoing orthodontic treatment as soon as adult teeth have erupted; this is why teenagers wearing braces is a common sight. By straightening your teeth early on, you can prevent dental health complications during adulthood.
You can straighten your teeth in many different ways. Traditional dental braces are the most common method of teeth straightening and have been used for more than 100 years and continue to be one of the most effective ways of addressing complex orthodontic issues. They consist of metal brackets and an archwire, which are drawn together using elastic ligatures. The components are regularly tightened, and the archwire applies gradual pressure on the teeth to correct misalignment issues.
Discreet teeth straightening with Invisalign
Traditional braces produce excellent aesthetic results; however, they are visible in your mouth and can draw unwanted attention to your teeth. If you are looking for a more discreet treatment option, as a teenager or as an adult, you can speak to your dentist about braces that are less visible or invisible when worn. A popular choice of invisible teeth straightening is Invisalign London. With Invisalign, there is no metal to be seen; instead, it works with clear, medical-grade thermoplastic aligners designed using the latest in digital dental technology, 3D printed and moulded to be comfortable, fit with accuracy and produce highly precise movements for predictable results.
Healthy teeth and gums with Invisalign
By straightening your teeth discreetly with Invisalign, you can improve your dental health significantly. To begin with, crooked teeth trap food particles and bacteria, which are difficult to remove and form a sticky layer over the surface of teeth known as plaque. Plaque quickly hardens to become tartar, and tartar provides a greater surface area for more food particles and bacteria, creating more plaque. The bacteria in the plaque release acids and toxins which can damage your teeth and gums, making you more susceptible to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. By straightening your teeth with Invisalign you will find that they are easier to brush and floss, and this will reduce your chance of developing decay, gum disease and even periodontal disease. If left untreated, tooth decay, gum disease and periodontal disease can result in missing teeth; therefore, by straightening your teeth, you will be saving yourself from the complications of tooth loss.
Correcting bite disorders with Invisalign
Another advantage of straightening your teeth with Invisalign is that you can correct bite disorders. A bite disorder is when your upper and lower teeth do not align properly, and this can cause several complications by increasing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth damage. Your teeth are more susceptible to uneven wear and tear, and there is also a greater chance of chips, cracks and breakage. Bite disorders can also cause pain and affect how you speak and chew your food; you may not be able to enjoy all your favourite foods. Bite disorders can also cause clenching and grinding, which can be uncomfortable and even damage your teeth.
Invisalign can be used to correct overbites, underbites and crossbites. An overbite is when your front teeth protrude or stick out onto your lower teeth. If you have an overbite, your front teeth are susceptible to excessive wear and tear and more likely to get damaged. An underbite is when the bottom teeth extend forward such that your lower jaw pushes outwards from your mouth. Underbites are responsible for jaw pain as well as an increased chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease. A crossbite is when the upper and lower teeth are misaligned with each other, causing an improper bite that can affect the front of your teeth, the back teeth or the side of the teeth. By treating these issues, you can improve your dental health, the appearance of your smile and the quality of your life at the same time.
Speak to your dentist sooner rather than later to begin enjoying the many benefits of Invisalign. The quicker you address your issues, the more happily you will be able to smile and the fewer complications you will face in the future.