Invisalign® Treatment Offers Multiple Benefits
Many Northwest Indiana dental patients are taking advantage of a great new way to straighten their teeth. Invisalign orthodontic technology has helped to perfect the smiles of over one million patients around the world. This teeth straightening method offers our Chesterton and Valparaiso patients many benefits beyond cosmetic enhancement.
People with crooked teeth have a harder time keeping their teeth clean and their gums healthy. As food particles get stuck in hard to brush, crowded areas, bacteria accumulates, causing inflammation of the gum tissue. This inflammation causes the gums to bleed, and the acid produced by these bacteria can also erode the bone that supports the teeth. This is a process that becomes worse with time, and the resulting gum inflammation and bone loss is periodontal disease, which can lead to bad breath, tooth loss, and systemic problems.
Patients with gum disease are more likely to have cardiac (heart) and pulmonary (lungs) disease due to the pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria that circulates throughout their bloodstream. It can also contribute to diabetes.
When patients have upper teeth that excessively overlap the lower teeth, the tongue is often pushed toward the back of the mouth, ultimately constricting one’s airway. Airway constriction is one of the leading factors associated with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of Americans, and most likely thousands of Northwest Indiana patients.
It has been estimated that 20% of American adults suffer from some level of sleep apnea, and that is frightening because sleep apnea can contribute to obesity, decreased quality of life, and premature death. Invisalign dentistry can help to correct these excessive overbites and overjets, allowing the tongue to sit in a more healthy position, which can open up the airway and decrease the likelihood that sleep apnea will develop.
Patients with narrow dental arches often have smaller airways and nasal apertures. This can also make it harder for one to breathe, causing difficulty with exercise, and a tendency toward weight gain and sleep apnea. Expanding one’s narrow arches with Invisalign dental treatment can make a big impact on one’s ability to breathe easily during rest and exercise, thus improving one’s overall health and quality of life.
Even slight rotations of the front teeth can cause a functional problem while chewing that causes excessive wearing down of the back teeth. Over time, this can also lead to premature wear on the front teeth. Moving the teeth into better alignment with Invisalign can improve function and decrease the grinding down of both front and back teeth over time. Preserving tooth structure over time will help to decrease the amount and cost of dentistry that’s needed.
As can be seen, the benefits of Invisalign extend far beyond cosmetic considerations. Improving tooth position can improve the health of patients in many ways, and this is a very conservative option to consider for a lifetime of dental comfort and oral health. Please call our Chesterton office (219-926-5445) or our Valparaiso office (219-531-8914) for a free orthodontic evaluation to see if Invisalign will work for you.