October 29, 2019
If you have misaligned teeth, you may have heard about Invisalign, the set of clear plastic aligner trays that gradually straighten your pearly whites. Simply wear them for at least 20 hours a day, and after a year on average, your smile will be as straight as a movie star’s! However, Invisalign in Federal Hill has several other benefits besides just the main cosmetic one. Continue reading to learn what they are.
1. Better Digestion
The process of digestion begins in your mouth. If you can’t chew food properly due to misaligned teeth, it messes up the whole process for the rest of your body. Essentially, without a properly aligned bite, you will end up absorbing less nutrition from your food because it won’t be digested as well as it could be.
2. Preventing or Curing TMJ Disorder
Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your head. If you place your finger just under the front of your ear and move your jaw, you can actually feel it. When your upper and lower jaw don’t align, it places unnecessary strain on your TMJ, causing serious pain. TMJ disorder may also manifest as a popping or clicking sound, difficulty opening or closing your jaw all the way, or difficulty chewing. By aligning your top and bottom jaw with Invisalign, you can avoid these problems altogether.
3. Stop Food Impaction
When you have uneven spacing in between your teeth, it’s very likely that a piece of food will get stuck in the gap until you remove it with floss. This is known as food impaction, and can be harmful to the teeth and gums. When a bit of food gets stuck in the teeth, it provides ample time for bacteria to feast on it. The bacteria then create acid that eats away at tooth enamel and causes painful cavities, sensitive teeth, and even gum disease. Invisalign can help close up the gaps in your grin and stop food from getting caught there.
4. Better Speech and Pronunciation
Misaligned teeth can present problems when trying to say certain words. For example, you might lisp or whistle sometimes, which can be embarrassing. If you have an open bite or front teeth that protrude out and cause these issues, Invisalign can correct them.
5. Shorter Dental Cleanings
Teeth that are crooked are much harder to clean, both for you and your dental hygienist. For example, when your teeth are overcrowded, the tools that your dental hygienist uses are rendered ineffective, allowing harmful bacteria to remain behind. Having overcrowded teeth is just one of the issues that Invisalign can solve.
Invisalign can fix several problems besides just cosmetic ones. If you find yourself relating to any of the issues described above, ask your dentist in Federal Hill if Invisalign is right for you.
About the Practice
At Harbor East Dental, both of our dentists, Dr. Marina Burdusi and Dr. Nancy Ward, are committed to providing our patients with the treatments they need to be happy, healthy, and confident. They are also both certified in Invisalign. For more questions or to schedule an Invisalign consultation, click here or call (410) 385-9966.