dental-blog 31 October 2011 | 0 Comments

I had a patient today that was interested in Invisalign because of some crowding on her lower teeth. She wanted to look better in pictures and said that it affected her self confidence. I informed her that it would definitely help with that but that it would also help with her overall health. When she heard that, she was a little surprised and asked, “How will it help with my overall health?” I told her that it would greatly improve the health of her gums and that in turn would help her heart health.

It has been well documented that gum disease is related to heart disease. Gum disease involves inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets. Gum disease is due to the long-term effects of plaque deposits. Plaque is a sticky material made of bacteria and food debris that develop on the exposed parts of the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth decay and if you do not remove plaque, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar. The tartar becomes trapped at the base of the tooth and irritate and inflame the gums. Bacteria and the toxins they produce cause the gums to become infected, swollen, and tender.

This can all be prevented by good oral hygeine and visiting your dentist regularly. However, when a patient has crowding on their teeth, it is almost impossible to clean and floss the teeth properly. Invisalign will help straighten those teeth and will in turn make it much easier to keep your gums healthy.

So not only will Invisalign make you look better with straight teeth, it will also aid in prevention of other health problems and keep you healthier!

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