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The Benefits of Straightening Your Teeth Beyond Aesthetics

Straight teeth can boost your self-confidence, but aesthetic concerns are just one reason to consider orthodontic treatment. 

Dr. Hinna Chaudhry and our team here at Ardsley Dental Spa in Ardsley, New York, know firsthand that straightening your teeth with Invisalign® can provide numerous benefits. Below, Dr. Chaudhry discusses five ways Invisalign supports your dental and overall health.

1. Reduced risk of tooth decay

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly are the best defense against tooth decay. However, crowded teeth can make it hard for your toothbrush and floss to remove all of the decay-causing bacteria from between your teeth. 

Cavities that form between your teeth are called interproximal caries (cavities). You can reduce your risk of developing this type of cavity by straightening your teeth so that your brushing and flossing regimen is more effective.

2. Improved chewing

Bite problems, like open bite, can make it hard to thoroughly chew your food. Not only is this a potential choking hazard, but poorly chewed food can also contribute to indigestion. 

Thankfully, Invisalign can correct an open bite, which enhances the appearance of your smile and makes eating easier.

3. Clear speech

You might not think about it, but you rely on your teeth to make certain sounds. Different movements between your lips, your tongue, and your teeth are responsible for making the sounds that make up language.

If your teeth aren’t aligned properly, it can impact some of the sounds you want to make. Straightening your teeth can help improve your speech.

4. Reduced TMJ symptoms

Did you know that your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is impacted by the alignment (and misalignment) of your teeth? If you have a bad bite, it can strain this joint. 

Signs of a TMJ disorder can include headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and a jaw that clicks or creaks when you open it. If your TMJ symptoms are related to malocclusion, such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, orthodontic treatment can help.

5. Reduced risk of tooth fractures

Orthodontic treatment can even reduce the risk of tooth fractures and chips. Malocclusion causes uneven wear-and-tear on your teeth. Over time, this pressure can lead to fractures and chips in your teeth. 

However, improving your bite restores the balance to your mouth and reduces the risk of fractures caused by uneven wear-and-tear.

Thinking about Invisalign?

Invisalign isn’t anything like the traditional metal braces of years past. Invisalign is a more comfortable treatment with precise treatment timelines δΈ€ thanks to the cutting-edge technology used with these clear aligners.

Dr. Chaudhry uses the iTero 3D scanner to create precise images of your teeth without messy impression trays. From there, she tracks your progress with ClinCheck® software. The trays are custom-trimmed to fit your gums and are made from a soft, BPA-free material. 

If you want a convenient, effective orthodontic treatment that supports your aesthetic and dental health goals, talk to Dr. Chaudhry about Invisalign today. You can book your consultation by calling us at 914-348-9815 or scheduling your visit online today.

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