Why Invisalign® Isn’t Just for Your Smile’s Appearance

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When it comes to aligning your smile, Invisalign® isn’t just for your smile’s appearance. It can accomplish much more than just straighter teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) found that an aligned smile actually improves your overall health. This is in addition to fixing oral issues incurred by an improper bite such as chewing difficulties, problems with the jaw, and wear and tear on tooth enamel.

Dr. Scott Ellard and our Scott Ellard Dentistry team are excited to offer Invisalign clear aligners for our patients in Portage, Michigan wanting straight teeth. Invisalign corrects orthodontic issues and giving you an attractive smile along with improved oral health. Let’s take a look:

Gum Health

When your teeth are crowded or spaced too widely, you may find yourself with red, swollen gums. Swollen gums are an early sign of periodontal disease. But when teeth are aligned properly, your gums will adhere to your teeth more securely, protecting against gum disease. Invisalign successfully addresses these issues by using a series of clear aligners that are comfortable to wear while gently moving your teeth into alignment.

Oral Hygiene

By now you know that oral hygiene is essential to good oral health. When you wear braces, it is much harder to remove food particles and plaque from brackets and wires. But if not removed daily, you are inviting tooth decay. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can still brush and floss your teeth as usual, without trying to work around brackets and wires.

Systemic Health

Inside the mouth, there are a host of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not removed daily. This can then lead to sores in the mouth and tender, bleeding gums, halitosis (bad breath) and even tooth loss. Indeed, the ADA has found that oral infections are linked to heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and even stroke. Thankfully, with the help of Invisalign, you can achieve a healthy, aligned smile while protecting your body.

Scott Ellard Dentistry invites you to give us a call at 269-329-1880 if you would like to learn more about how Invisalign can improve your appearance along with your oral health. Dr. Scott Ellard and our team look forward to helping you create a healthy, confident smile!