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Invisalign® Clear Braces: A Dentist Explains Why Straight Teeth are so Important
Clear braces such as Invisalign® make it possible to straighten teeth without dealing with the attachment of metal wires and brackets. Just as with metal braces, these clear aligner trays work by applying a gentle force to the patient's teeth. Over time, this force pushes the person's teeth into better alignment.
Patients get a series of aligners at the start of their treatment. Each aligner should be worn for about two weeks before being swapped with the next one in the series that pushes the individual's teeth a little closer to the desired position. Treatment times with Invisalign® can be as short as 10 weeks and as long as two years. The average treatment time for most patients is one year.
The importance of straight teeth
The benefits of straight teeth can significantly impact a person psychologically and physiologically. People often think of the advantages of clear braces in mostly aesthetic terms, but that could not be further from the truth. Many studies indicate people with poor teeth alignment have a higher risk of developing dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
The poor alignment of a person's teeth can make it difficult to brush them properly or clean interdental spaces. That leads to the accumulation of plaque on the teeth surfaces, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease.
Poorly aligned teeth can also cause a person's bite to create abnormal stress on the teeth when chewing. This puts added wear and tear on the patient's teeth and jaws. It can also lead to problems with the temporomandibular joint. Teeth straightening treatments with clear braces such as Invisalign® can produce many positive benefits:
- Maintains the proper function of the teeth
- Reduces premature wear on the teeth
- Decreases the risk of tooth damage due to abnormal bite forces or teeth grinding
- Prevents unnecessary stress on the temporomandibular joints
- Reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay
- Lowers the risk of heart disease
Straight teeth lead to beautiful smiles that bolster a person's appearance. Teeth are one of the most noticeable things people remember during interactions, and individuals who are ashamed of the appearance of their teeth often experience reduced confidence and low self-esteem.
Assumptions are often made about the way people's teeth look. During a Match.com survey, about 60% of men and 71% of women ranked teeth as the most important physical feature in a prospective date. People with lovely teeth are often viewed as happy, successful, attractive or healthy.
Since clear braces like Invisalign® are nearly invisible, especially at a distance, patients are able to show off their smiles as the teeth get closer to the target position.
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