Citrus Heights holistic dentist shares 5 unexpected reasons you should consider Invisalign
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic system that moves teeth into alignment using clear plastic appliances rather than brackets and wires. Teens and adults are usually interested in Invisalign to improve the look of their smiles, without the obvious appearance of hardware during treatment. However, there are additional advantages with a far-reaching impact on your wellbeing. The team at Sacramento Natural Dentistry in Citrus Heights shares these 5 surprising reasons you should consider Invisalign.
Your teeth and mouth could be healthier throughout life
At any given time, several hundred types of bacteria are living inside your mouth. If you have good oral habits, you may have only 1,000 to 100,000 individual bacteria on each tooth. People with negligent oral hygiene have 100 million to a billion of these organisms per tooth (though they may have fewer teeth).
Some strains of bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans and P. gingivalis, are the underlying cause of tooth decay and gum disease. They thrive in a protective film of plaque.
Plaque and bacteria can be controlled with regular brushing and flossing. However, crooked teeth have a multitude of crevices and tight contacts that can make oral hygiene challenging. Even with diligent home care, you may miss spots that allow pathogens to overpopulate, increasing risk of periodontal disease and cavities.
Invisalign helps in two ways. First, aligners are removable. While conventional braces make it tougher to keep teeth clean, you simply take Invisalign appliances out of your mouth to brush and floss normally. Second, once teeth are straightened, you can keep them cleaner for the rest of your life, for a healthier oral environment.
Treatment could reduce risk of serious health issues
Your mouth is an integral part of your body, closely connected to overall wellness. Though often ignored, periodontal disease is a serious infection. While it is destroying your smile by inflaming gums and loosening teeth, it is also allowing harmful pathogens to make their way through the rest of your body. Bacteria enter the bloodstream through diseased gum tissue, they are aspirated into the respiratory tract, and ingested when you swallow.
Gum disease increases your risk of developing:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease, potentially causing heart attack or stroke
- Osteoporosis – bone loss in the jaw
- Respiratory ailments such as pneumonia
- Kidney, pancreatic, and certain blood cancers
Having straighter teeth can lead to more effective oral hygiene that keeps gum disease at bay, and helps you stay healthier for life.
Chain of positive life changes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2015-2016 93.3 million adults in this country (39.8%) were clinically obese. Those individuals are at increased risk of premature death related to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
You can speak normally and drink water with Invisalign aligners in place. However, they must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day to effectively straighten teeth, and you should not smoke or use smokeless tobacco with aligners inserted.
While Invisalign is in no way a weight loss program, some patients find that the wearing schedule results in reduced snacking and consumption of sweet beverages. They may lose weight as a happy side effect of Invisalign treatment, which could stimulate other healthy life choices such as increased exercise, improved nutrition, or smoking cessation.
Boost in self-esteem
Holistic practice recognizes the interconnection of emotional and physical wellbeing. Liking what you see in the mirror has a positive impact on this balance. Knowing your teeth are straight and your smile looks good may elevate your confidence level in social and business situations. Imagine eagerly selecting which selfie you will post on social media, grinning for group photos, or walking to the podium with shoulders squared.
The power of a smile
Most people with crooked teeth are reluctant to show them to the world. You may duck your head or cover your mouth when speaking, and you probably do not smile or laugh as openly as you would like. After Invisalign treatment you may be more apt to share your smile. That can have a big impact on relationships at home, work, and in public.
Smiling is a natural antidepressant with no side effects. It releases “feel good” neurotransmitters – endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin – which de-stress the smiler.
The curious thing about smiling is that it is contagious. Experiment sometime. Smile at a stranger and see if the communication is returned in kind. Then try not to smile back at someone who gifts you with a smile. It is really difficult! So, while your Invisalign smile is lifting your mood, it is also spreading that health benefit to others.
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