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Let’s talk about teeth, in particular the ones of the non-perfect variety.

Orthodontic work has come a long way, and still offers tried and true methods for straightening teeth.

But time moves on, and with it so does our motivation to explore other options. 

After reviewing the limited choices available for straighter teeth, the welcomed introduction of Invisalign gave patients a new way forward.

It is the least invasive way to go about the correction of your smile.

While a lot has been said and even more read about this innovative way of teeth straightening, there are a few things you might not know.

Invisalign Facts You May Not Know

1. History of Invisalign

In their day, metal braces were created to straighten the un-straightenable, and there was a great deal of applause for the technology.

Though as time went on and technology became better, we decided not to submit people to what was essentially an exercise in patience and discomfort. The search was on for something better.

A young Stanford University student and a few of his colleagues invented a new design, then a product that evolved into a series of what are essentially clear retainers, known as aligners.

Tada! Invisalign was born and ready to take on the metal wire-weary world.

2. A Faster Way to Straighten Teeth

Some things take time…and some don’t. One of the key areas of appeal is it generally takes less time to straighten teeth using Invisalign than through traditional metal braces.

Depending on your treatment, these clear aligners can take around six months. 

The complexity of your needs will be the ultimate decider for the length of your treatment.

3. I Can Eat That?

Eating certain foods can create problems for traditional brackets and wires. Hard or chewy foods usually cause metal brackets to break, and sticky foods make brackets and wires harder to clean. This can lead to diseases like cavities and periodontal disease.

These problems are non-existent with Invisalign. It makes enjoying your favorite foods so much easier…and you can eat anything! 

Simply take out the aligners, eat, brush, floss, and place them back in!

4. Treat Aligners with Respect

Cleaning and taking care of the aligners is just as important as brushing your teeth!

It’s simple. Rinse the aligner every time you take them out. This will help prevent any build-up of bacteria. Make sure to also clean the aligners daily by brushing them with anti-bacterial soft soap and a toothbrush.

You can even use denture cleaning tablets for an easier way to clean them.

5. You Still Need to See a Dentist

This is not a set-and-forget undertaking.

Just like with metal braces, your dentist is here to guide you and see how your Invisalign progress is tracking. The good news is that Invisalign check-ups tend to take less time than traditional orthodontic appointments.

Digital scans allow your provider to see exactly how each tooth is progressing, so you are more likely to finish your treatment on time.

Regular cleaning and care of your teeth are still important to ensure continued mouth health.

Remember that your mouth is the gateway to your body and the keeper of your health. Don’t forget to keep it clean and cared for! 

Schedule an Apointment With a Dentist in Richmond, VA to Get Started With Invisalign 

With Invisalign, a new smile can help you on the road to happiness and well-being. Better dental health means your entire body has a chance to stay mentally and physically healthier for longer.

Contact us today to learn more about how Invisalign can help you get the smile you want to last a lifetime.

“I am 60 years old. Do I really need braces now?”

“I already had braces once!” 

These are some of the things we hear every day. If your teeth are not in alignment, then YES! You need braces! Why? Straight teeth lead to a healthier body! If you think crooked teeth affect only your appearance, keep reading. The American Dental Association (ADA) has shown time and time again that crooked teeth can have a detrimental effect on your overall health

The Benefits of Invisalign and Straight Teeth

Crooked teeth can harm your body. 

Well, kind of. They make it harder to brush and floss, which makes it easier for tartar and harmful bacteria to build up. The bacteria can cause infection, or gum and bone disease (periodontal disease), which is the primary cause of bad breath. That infection can enter your bloodstream and lead to or contribute to a host of conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and diabetic complications, respiratory complications such as pneumonia, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, pre-term birth and low birth weight, and certain cancers (for example, men with gum disease are 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers).

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Crooked teeth can lead to gastrointestinal and autoimmune diseases.

Misaligned teeth eventually lead to tooth loss, which can result in the inability to chew food properly, choking, compromised digestion, reflux (indigestion) and malnutrition. Having fewer teeth causes people to eat highly processed soft foods, which tend to be higher in sugar and fat, lower in fiber and nutrients, are highly inflammatory. That can lead to leaky gut syndrome, which plays a role in gastrointestinal disorders like celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Moreover, the nutritional deficiencies from malabsorption due to leaky gut may also be associated with other autoimmune diseases (lupus, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, asthma, acne, obesity, and even mental illnesses like depression and anxiety).

Crooked teeth can decrease your life span.

In essence. They decrease self-esteem, confidence, and the amount of smiling you do. Smiling can help lengthen your life by causing your body to relax. It lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, helping the heart recover more quickly after stressful events. It causes endorphins, dopamine and serotonin to be released. Endorphins act as a natural pain reliever and serotonin acts as an antidepressant – without the negative side effects! Studies show that smiling is contagious! These neurotransmitters lower stress levels and boost your mood and, therefore, the mood of the people around you. When you smile at someone and they smile back, you both release feel-good chemicals that increase the chance of you both living longer and healthier lives. It’s true – happy people breed happy people. Also, research demonstrates that happiness breeds wealth and success. Smiling is good for your social, financial, emotional AND physical health. Smiling is a magical superpower. It can change your life and the world around you!

Straight teeth are so important to your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Now ask us again if you need braces. If your teeth are not in alignment, then the answer is YES! And now you know why.  The good news is there’s an easy solution to fixing crooked teeth and becoming healthier overall. Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional metal braces. It provides faster, more predictable results, improved comfort, and a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The clear aligners are removable and practically invisible! Straightening your teeth with Invisalign can improve your smile and help you live a happier, healthier life.

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If you would like more information about Invisalign treatment schedule a free consultation with us.