Straight teeth don’t just improve your appearance -- they also boost your oral health. Most people seek teeth straightening to feel confident about their smiles, but the benefits go far beyond appearance. When you choose teeth straightening with InvisalignⓇ, you’ll enjoy cosmetic and health benefits when your treatment is complete.
Clay Nunn, DDS, and our team at Nunn Family Dentistry, can help you keep your oral health in tip-top shape. If you have crooked teeth or an uneven bite, Invisalign is an excellent treatment option that straightens teeth efficiently and discreetly.
We share some surprising health benefits of using Invisalign to straighten your teeth.
What is Invisalign?
Unlike traditional wire braces, Invisalign features a patented clear aligner system that is nearly invisible. Even at a close distance, Invisalign is barely noticeable. This means you can feel confident while Invisalign gradually straightens your teeth.
You’ll wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day, giving you the time and convenience to remove them when you eat and brush your teeth. Dr. Nunn will schedule routine appointments to change out your aligners.
Generally, you can expect to visit us at Nunn Family Dentistry every two weeks to get a new set of aligners. Each new aligner gradually moves your teeth more closely into proper alignment.
Health benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign can help you achieve a beautifully straight smile that you can feel good about, but the benefits don’t end there. Here are some other health benefits of Invisalign that you may not be aware of.
Boosts the health of your teeth and gums
The health of your teeth and gums actually improves during Invisalign treatment, and these results are backed by science. University of Florida researchers evaluated oral health in patients during Invisalign treatment and found that gum pocket depth and bleeding improved.
The gum pockets are spaces just under the gum line that tend to harbor infection-causing bacteria, and having these pockets is a sign of gum disease. The larger the pocket, the more severe the infection.
Invisalign reduces the depth of gum pockets so that teeth are held snugly by gum tissue and bone, reducing space for bacteria to flourish and cause infection.
Protects against dental wear and tear
Crooked teeth can cause an uneven bite. This means the pressure from your upper and lower teeth when you bite down to chew is uneven, which causes your teeth to wear down faster. Additionally, an uneven bite can cause receding gums. Invisalign aligns your teeth and your bite, protecting your teeth from excess wear and tear.
Improves dental hygiene
Crowded teeth make it difficult for your toothbrush to reach crevices where infection-causing bacteria flourish, which increases your risk for cavities. You’re more likely to have a buildup of plaque and tartar when your teeth are crooked. It’s easier to clean and remove plaque from straight teeth for better oral hygiene.
Improves overall health
The same bacteria that cause inflammation in your gums can travel through your bloodstream and cause problems in other areas. Gum disease has been linked to a variety of health problems, including heart disease and stroke. Improving your oral health has a positive impact on your overall health.
Straightening teeth with Invisalign
At your initial consultation, Dr Nunn discusses your timeline and how your teeth should improve during the course of treatment. He does a comprehensive dental evaluation that reveals any other issues you need to address.
If you live in or around Tomball, Texas, Nunn Family Dentistry is the place to be if you want a dazzling, straight smile. To learn more about Invisalign and to get started, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nunn.