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Straighter Teeth For A Healthy Smile

Invisalign alignerCrooked teeth and a misaligned bite cause cosmetic concerns, but there are many more serious reasons to correct orthodontic problems.

Dental problems that damage teeth and gums often develop in patients with misaligned teeth.  Correcting your bite before serious problems develop can help you keep teeth and gums healthy for life.

Crooked Teeth are Prone to Gum Disease

When your teeth are misaligned, rotated or overlapping, it can be difficult to keep the spaces between them clean.  Flossing between teeth is often difficult or not possible.  In cases like this, plaque and bacteria can take hold in the tight spaces between teeth.  Over time, hardened plaque around the gumline can lead to gum disease.

Gum disease (periodontal disease) damages the gum and bone tissue surrounding the roots of your teeth, and can lead to tooth loss.  As bacteria take hold in the gums, it causes the tissue to become inflammed, swollen and causes the gums to fall away from the tooth roots.  Left untreated, the infection eventually causes destruction of the bone tissue.  As the bone and gum tissue recede, teeth can become loose and eventually lost.

Crooked Teeth Are Prone to Decay

Tooth decay is common in crooked or overlapping teeth.  For the same reasons that misaligned teeth develop gum disease, they are also more prone to tooth decay.

Bacteria feed on sugar, and excrete acids that weaken tooth enamel and cause decay.

Misaligned Teeth Wear Unevenly

Uneven wear of tooth surfaces is another common effect of misaligned teeth.  When your bite out of balance, it can cause uneven pressure and wear down the enamel on tooth surfaces.  Over time, teeth can become damaged.  It is not uncommon for people with a misaligned bite to experience frequent headaches and excess strain on facial muscles that causes “myofacial pain”.

Invisalign Helps Straighten Teeth and Prevent Dental Problems

One simple way to correct orthodontic misalignment is Invisalign treatment.  Invisalign Clear Aligners are custom made to straighten teeth without braces.  Properly aligned teeth are healthier and stronger.  When teeth are straight, it is easier to keep them clean and prevent gum disease, tooth decay and uneven wear.

Advantages of Invisalign include

  • No brackets or wires on teeth
  • No dietary restrictions, simply remove the aligners for meals
  • Easier and more effective dental hygiene
  • Fast results- most patients achieve their desired result within 6-12 months.
  • Aligners are nearly invisible while worn

Ask Your Dentist If Invisalign Is Right For You

Take control of your dental health and wellness and ask your dentist if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you.  Schedule a consultation to learn more about how straightening your teeth now can help prevent serious dental problems later.

 

 

 

 

 

4 Ways Invisalign Can Improve Your Dental Health

Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces
Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth

Most people think that straightening their teeth is purely cosmetic. Did you know that orthodontic treatment with Invisalign not only straightens teeth, but provides benefits that can actually help your teeth and gums become healthier?  Here are 4 ways straight teeth can improve your dental health and overall health.

1. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean.

One of the problems with misaligned and crooked teeth is that there are more crevices and hard to clean areas. In some cases, even diligent brushing and flossing will leave tooth surfaces impossible to keep clean. Bacteria and plaque that remain in the crevices cause tooth decay. Straightening misaligned teeth makes it easier to keep them clean and plaque-free, resulting in fewer cavities, less tartar and healthier teeth.

2. Proper dental alignment reduces the risk for gum disease

Tight spaces harbor bacteria and plaque. Some oral bacteria are known to be the cause of gum disease (periodontitis). When teeth are crooked, the tight spaces harbor bacteria that can lead to gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth, and is caused by destructive bacteria. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and the only stage that can be completely reversed. As the disease progresses, it destroys gum tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth.

Over time, diseased teeth can become loose and even fall out. Almost half of American adults have some degree of gum disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it is easier to remove plaque and bacteria that cause periodontitis. Advanced gum disease can be prevented with Invisalign treatment and proper dental hygiene.

3. Misaligned teeth can cause frequent headaches

When your teeth do not fit together properly, your bite is unbalanced. This causes improper strain on the facial muscles that can lead muscle fatigue. Many dental patients with misaligned or crooked teeth complain of frequent headaches. When the facial muscles become chronically strained and fatigued, patients can develop myofacial pain which involves painful symptoms in the facial muscles, jaws, head and neck. In addition to facial muscle fatigue, it is possible to develop dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint. While misaligned teeth are not the only cause of frequent headaches and myofacial pain, it makes sense to bring teeth into proper alignment if you are experiencing these problems.

4. A healthy bite helps support a healthy body.

When your bite is incorrect and teeth do not fit together properly, it can be difficult to bite and chew food. Some orthodontic patients complain that their molars to not meet when they chew or that they have an ‘open bite’. An open bite is when the front teeth do not come together, but the molars do. Inability to properly bite and chew can prevent a healthy diet. Softer foods tend to be higher in sugars and carbohydrates, which promote tooth decay.

Patients who cannot chew their food properly omit healthy food choices like fresh vegetables and fruits from their diet because they are too difficult to eat. A healthy diet consisting of fresh vegetable and fruit choices, lean meat and limited fats and grains helps your body stay healthy. Poor diet has been linked to systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
There is a lot more to orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners than just a beautiful smile. To learn more about how straightening your teeth can help improve your dental health and positively impact your overall health, contact Park Saratoga Dental.

5 Ways to Get a Superstar Smile in 2015

Invisalign Clear Braces
Invisalign Clear Braces

Self- Improvement is always a strong theme at the beginning of a New Year. If improving the appearance of your smile is on your list of resolutions, then your Saratoga dentist has what you need to get a superstar smile in 2015.

These 5 cosmetic dentistry treatments can not only make you look better, they can help improve your dental health, too! Read on to find out how you can improve your smile this year.

1. Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the most affordable and dramatic cosmetic dental treatments is professional teeth whitening. Food and drink can stain teeth, causing them to discolor over time. The best way to whiten and brighten healthy teeth is with a professional strength bleaching treatment at your dentist office. The fastest way to whiter teeth is with Zoom®. Zoom is an intense dental bleaching treatment which is performed in the dental office. With this treatment, you can achieve up to several shades whiter teeth in one visit. For whitening maintenance treatments, or for more gradual results, choose take-home whitening kits to brighten your smile several shades over one to two weeks.

2. Porcelain Veneers
Sometimes, even healthy teeth may not look as attractive as you would like. Teeth that are slightly crooked, chipped, misshapen or deeply stained can be enhanced with porcelain veneers. Veneers are a durable and natural looking covering for imperfect teeth. Think of them as a thin, porcelain ‘shell’ which covers the natural tooth, enhancing the appearance of your smile. Veneers are usually used on the front 4-6 teeth, which are most visible when you smile. Porcelain veneers are used only on teeth which are healthy except for cosmetic imperfections. They are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments because of the dramatic results they provide.

3. Dental Implants
Missing teeth can have a big impact on your quality of life as well as your appearance. Replacing teeth with dental implants improves both dental function and appearance. Unlike dentures and partials, implants replace the tooth root as well as the crown, providing the strongest, most long-lasting and natural tooth replacement option available. With her attention to detail and aesthetics, Dr. Kathleen Ban creates beautiful dental implant restorations that are made to last. The best thing about dental implants, beside looks, is that your ability to eat, laugh and smile without worry is restored.

4. Invisalign™ Clear Aligners
When it comes to straightening teeth, many people are turned off by the thought of wearing traditional, metal braces. With frequent orthodontist visits, dietary restrictions and aesthetic concerns, patients with crooked or misaligned teeth often choose to accept an imperfect smile. The fact is, teeth which are misaligned are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Straightening teeth with Invisalign is an attractive option, because the orthodontic appliance is nearly invisible while worn. In addition, it can be removed for meals and personal dental hygiene, so there is no interference with your lifestyle. Complete results are usually achieved within 6-12 months, and the clear aligners require fewer office visits. Each clear aligner is worn for about 2 weeks before you replace it with the next in the series. In a matter of weeks, you will begin to see straighter, healthier teeth.

5. Tooth-Colored White Fillings
Although dental fillings are used to repair decayed teeth, they can be considered a cosmetic dental procedure. Tooth-colored fillings, such as those available at Park Saratoga Dental, blend into the surrounding tooth structure, making them virtually invisible. Unlike traditional metal fillings, white fillings are made from a composite material which contains no mercury. The color and texture blend perfectly with your healthy tooth structure, making your dental repairs a secret to everyone except you.
For more information about cosmetic dentistry procedures and treatments, contact the team at Park Saratoga Dental for a personalized consultation appointment.

Make 2015 your year to achieve the beautiful smile you want.