Invisalign is a system of clear, removable aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. Many people choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth without the hassle of traditional braces. However, these aligners aren’t just more convenient, comfortable, or better-looking than braces; they also have several compelling medical benefits. Check out six medical benefits of Invisalign.
1. Quickly Aligns Teeth
Invisalign gradually and gently moves your teeth into the desired position. Each aligner is worn for one to two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series. As you replace each aligner, your teeth gradually shift until they have straightened to their final position.
Treatment time varies, but treatment with Invisalign is much quicker than traditional braces. When using Invisalign, most people complete treatment within one year. Braces, on the other hand, typically must be worn for one to three years.
2. Prevents Uneven Teeth Wear
Some people have an overbite or underbite, meaning that their upper and lower teeth do not line up properly when they close their mouths. Over time, this can cause the teeth to wear down unevenly and lead to changes in your bite that will cause further damage.
By using Invisalign to correct an over- or underbite, you’ll protect your teeth from damage and later decay.
3. Reduces Risk of Gum Disease
Crooked or misaligned teeth leave gaps for bacteria to enter your gums, which can lead to inflammation and potentially cause your gums to recede. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign helps close up these gaps, reducing the risk of infection.
4. Reduces Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Invisalign has been shown to be effective in treating mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea and snoring. Often, people with these conditions have an overbite or underbite. Invisalign gradually moves the teeth and jaws into their proper positions, which can alleviate the problem.
Additionally, Invisalign helps to open up the airway by widening the space between the teeth. This allows more air to flow through the mouth and nose, improving sleep quality and reducing the risk of obstruction-related snoring and sleep apnea.
5. Reduces Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
One common cause of TMJ pain is the misalignment of the teeth. When the teeth are not properly aligned, it puts extra stress on the jaw muscles, leading to pain and inflammation. Unlike traditional braces, which add even more pressure to the teeth and jaw, Invisalign applies a slight force that gently repositions the jaw and teeth and can help alleviate TMJ pain.
6. Improves Overall Oral Health
When your teeth are straight, keeping them clean and free of plaque and bacteria is easier. This can help reduce your risk of developing cavities and other dental problems.
Ask Aurora Dental Group About Invisalign
If you’re considering Invisalign to improve your smile, Aurora Dental Group is happy to help. We offer various dental services in Aurora, Illinois, and have seen great success with this treatment. Call us today at (630) 896-7354 to schedule an appointment and see if Invisalign is the right fit for you.