A common statement asked of our Auburn dentist is: “Is aligning my teeth really worth the cost? My teeth function just fine the way they are.” Properly aligning teeth through orthodontics, either by traditional braces or the new and improved Invisalign treatment system, brings many health and cosmetic advantages. When teeth are improperly aligned, or “maloccluded,” gum disease, abnormal tooth wear and even tooth loss are all potential outcomes.
How do impacted teeth lead to gum disease? When teeth are impacted or misaligned, it’s difficult for clients to reach the areas between their teeth. The result is often swollen, irritated, red and bleeding gums, all sensations of bacterial infection. Besides soreness and bad breath, oral infection is also linked, in reports from the American Dental Association, to greater risks of heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and complications during pregnancy. With correctly aligned teeth, the gums fit correctly and are easier to care for, along with the teeth. Proper daily brushing is your primary defense against bacterial infection! Beautiful, aligned teeth make this daily routine much easier and more efficient.
Along with the health advantages, the cosmetic advantages of beautifully aligned teeth are also amazing. With a beautiful smile, clients tend to be more confident and have additional self-esteem. Being pleased with your healthier appearance is a major advantage of Invisalign.