Invisalign invisible braces are great for adults who would like straight, even teeth to improve the look of your smile. If you’re weighing whether or not this option is right for you, it’s important to know that cosmetic dentistry, including straightening teeth, can have important benefits beyond just looks. Our dentist in Cary is sharing the three benefits of straight teeth to help you determine if taking this step is right for you!

Invisalign Can Make Teeth and Gums Healthier

Teeth that are crowded or crooked are more likely to have dental problems, including cavities, decay, and gum disease. Part of this reason is that it’s harder to care for teeth when there is either too much or too little space between teeth or the teeth overlap or are turned at angles.

When teeth are straight, the gum fits around the teeth securely, minimizing the risk of particles getting within the gum, and reducing inflammation. Additionally, when teeth are straight and even, flossing and brushing is more effective. You can more easily access all areas of the teeth and gums. Flossing, in particular, is easier as the floss won’t get trapped in between cramped teeth or miss areas where there are gaps. More effective brushing and flossing equals healthier teeth and fewer cavities!

One factor that is often ignored is how having teeth out of alignment can add wear and tear to them. When teeth are overly crowded, they can jut out, especially on the bottom, and just simple chewing can add extra pressure and friction, leading to added stress on tooth enamel.

Healthier Teeth Reduce Risk of Chronic Illness

When your teeth and gums are healthier, your overall health is improved! Cavities, decay, and gum disease are more likely to occur in crooked or cramped teeth, and those dental problems can lead to bacteria and infection. Studies from the American Dental Association have found that untreated oral infection prompts a continued inflammatory response within the body. Chronic inflammation from untreated oral infection is linked to serious health infections, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

Chronic headaches, jaw pain, or neck pain are also more prevalent when teeth are out of alignment. The same pressure that causes added wear and tear also puts more strain on the gums and bones that support the teeth, leading to pain.

Invisalign Can Boost Confidence

The simple act of smiling can release endorphins in the body that will boost your mood and automatically make you feel happier. However, if you are self-conscious about how your teeth look and actively try to avoid smiling or laughing in social or professional settings, this can actually have the opposite effect. Lack of confidence about your smile can lead to avoiding social situations, anxiety, and embarrassment.

When you feel confident in the way your teeth look, you’re more likely to smile and laugh freely. Without this constant self-consciousness, you’ll experience less anxiety, feel more confident, and experience the emotional and physical health benefits that come from smiling!

Contact Us to See if Invisalign Is Right for You!

If you want a straight, healthy smile you can feel confident in, we can help! We offer Invisalign clear dental aligners at our dentist office in Cary and also at our Holly Springs location and will be happy to sit down with you to see if this is the right option for you. To get started, schedule a consultation today by calling our Holly Springs dental office at 919-600-6262, our Cary dental office at 919-467-2203, or contacting us online.