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Invisalign®: Because Straight Teeth are Important to Your Oral Health

They say that the first thing someone notices when meeting you is your smile. And if your teeth are far from straight, you can feel extremely self-conscious. But did you know that having crooked or crowded teeth can have a negative impact on all the different aspects of your well-being, including your oral health? Crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic concern, they make it much harder for you to maintain your best oral hygiene. 

At Simple Smiles, we take extra pride in helping our patients feel more confident in sharing their beautiful, healthy smiles. That’s why Sarah Carlisle, DMD and Drew Shabo, DDS offer Invisalign® as a teeth-straightening option. 

There’s much more to straight teeth than aesthetics. Learn why straight teeth are important to your oral health and wellness. 

How easy is it to brush and floss crooked or crowded teeth? 

Crooked teeth at any age make it much more challenging to maintain good oral hygiene. When you’re unable to thoroughly clean the surface of your teeth or floss between them, it can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis — a more serious form of gum disease that often causes permanent decay and damage.

On the other hand, when your teeth are straight and properly aligned, they’re easier to clean, which prevents decay and dental problems in the future. While this is true for both kids and adults, it’s especially important for teenagers. Learning to develop good oral hygiene habits at home is essential for them when they’re away at college, or living independently — when you’re not there to remind them to brush and floss every day. 

The goal for all of our patients is to help you have the healthiest, straightest smile that lasts a  lifetime. Invisalign is a proactive way to get properly aligned teeth and to ensure your best chances for excellent oral health and a fresh, clean mouth. 

Oral health is a window to your overall health

Most people are unaware of the connection between oral health and overall health, but it’s a significant one. According to the Mayo Clinic, oral health is a “window to your overall health.” 

Even a healthy mouth full of properly aligned teeth contains bacteria. Daily brushing and flossing keep this bacteria under control, and when your teeth are straight, this task becomes almost effortless. 

When the bacteria in your mouth run rampant, as is often the case in areas of overlapping or overcrowded teeth, it can lead to excessive plaque buildup along your gums and periodontal disease. Bacteria along your gums can also cause inflammation and may play a role in certain systemic diseases like diabetes or a weakened immune system. 

Adopting a good oral health routine and making an investment in Invisalign so you can enjoy the many aesthetic and health benefits of straighter teeth is essentially an investment in your long-term health and well-being. Plus, when you allow Dr. Carlisle and Dr. Shabo to create a customized Invisalign treatment plan, you’re setting yourself up to enjoy the numerous aesthetic bonuses — like a boost in self-esteem — that come with having a more beautiful, healthier smile. 

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign is an ideal solution

With the advances in orthodontics over the last few decades, nearly anyone can get straighter, more perfectly aligned teeth without the hassle or unattractive appearance of metal braces. 

Practically invisible, yet highly effective

Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible, yet highly effective at straightening teeth and correcting a variety of common orthodontic problems. Through a series of custom-made, durable plastic trays that fit snugly in your mouth, teeth gradually shift into their desired position. Best of all, you can take the aligners out to brush your teeth, eat, and drink, and attend parties or events, all without feeling self-conscious that you have a mouth full of metal.  

Easily removable for good oral hygiene

Invisalign makes it super easy for you to brush and floss and even improve your oral hygiene routine. Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, keeping teeth and gums healthy during the average Invisalign treatment time of just 12-18 months, has never been simpler or more convenient.

The goal of Invisalign is to create straighter, aligned teeth, that reduce the difficulty of keeping them clean, which of course, potentially leads to better oral health and improves overall wellness long term. If you have been resistant to necessary orthodontic treatments because the thought of wearing metal braces is unappealing, give the Invisalign system a try. 

Invisalign could be the start of a healthier mouth for life. Call our Johnson City, TN office today at 423-241-6070 to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online

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