Clear aligners can effectively resolve a number of orthodontic issues.
If you have always wanted to straighten your smile, but are looking for an alternative to traditional braces, clear aligners might suit you. The orthodontic treatment works by exerting pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into new positions over time. But is the treatment worth the time and effort? Read on to find out why it’s beneficial to straighten your teeth and address bite-related issues, and how clear aligners can help to improve your oral health…
Bite-related problems are resolved
If you suffer from a bite-related problem in which your jaws are misaligned, you may benefit from clear aligners. Misalignment of the jaw, also known as malocclusion, can lead to a range of issues if left untreated — these include problems related to the jaw joint, as well as tooth decay and tooth loss. Fortunately, clear aligners can resolve a number of types of malocclusions because they work by gradually shifting the positions of the teeth in the jaw bone. This means that the teeth will appear straighter over time, and as better jaw alignment is achieved, so too will oral function improve.
Gum health improves
Often, those with crooked teeth are more susceptible to gum disease than those with straight smiles. Gum disease is a condition that causes the gums to become inflamed and irritated. It can also lead to other issues, including bleeding gums; chronic bad breath; receding gums; and worsened misalignment over time as the teeth become loose and shift. Orthodontic treatment, fortunately, can decrease one’s risk of developing gum disease, therefore improving overall oral health.
Straight teeth are healthy teeth
Crooked teeth tend to be more difficult to clean than straight teeth. Plaque can easily accumulate in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, which can lead to issues like gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. For this reason, undergoing orthodontic treatment can help to improve oral hygiene and health. One of the main advantages of clear aligners specifically is that they can be removed — this means that you can brush and floss your teeth as usual during your treatment and maintain your oral hygiene habits.
How can we help?
At Elite Dental of Staten Island, we offer Invisalign for patients who would like to achieve a straight smile without the use of traditional metal braces. The treatment is suitable for most adults and adolescents and is a popular option for those who are looking for a convenient and discreet orthodontic solution. Invisalign is also more comfortable than conventional braces, and generally achieves excellent results.
If you are interested in Invisalign, we encourage you to come in and see us for a consultation. Before your treatment begins, you will have the opportunity to preview your results with 3D imaging. Dr Acker will customize a treatment plan based on your particular needs and take impressions and photographs of your teeth. To find out more about the process and what you can expect from Invisalign treatment, please have a look here.
Besides Invisalign, we also offer a comprehensive range of other dental services, including general, cosmetic and restorative treatments. To see the full list of treatments that we offer, please have a look here.
To arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us here or give us a call on (717) 563 6985.