We’ve discussed before how an uneven smile can lead to poor oral health, as well as embarrassment. Most people assume that metal braces are their only option for addressing the issue. However, we can offer an alternative that is barely noticeable and much more comfortable. Do you need an Invisalign or braces to correct your smile?
How Uneven Teeth Impact Our Smiles
First, misalignment often places serious pressure on the jaw joints. As a result, you could potentially develop TMJ disorder, leading to problems opening and closing the jaw, as well as a popping sensation in the jaw and headaches. You could also suffer from bruxism, a persistent grinding that leads to sore and/or damaged teeth.
Brushing and flossing can often become difficult, meaning you aren’t able to fully clean your teeth. As a result, the risk of gum problems (such as gingivitis or gum disease) and tooth decay increases. Finally, poor alignment can make you feel self-conscious and may lead to you hiding your smile whenever possible.
You are probably familiar with these: metal brackets placed onto the front facing sides of the tooth and connected with a wire. With this option, the dentist periodically adjusts tension to reposition the teeth. The orthodontics are very visible and patients often complain of gum and cheek irritation. In addition, you will need to change your diet and avoid the kinds of food that could become stuck in your braces or possibly damage them.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are removable, barely visible, and worn for between 20 and 23 hours a day. You can remove them before meals (so you don’t need to change your diet) and before brushing and flossing (limiting your risk of cavities and gum problems). Total treatment time varies between a year and 18 months. Patients often find the plastic aligners are more comfortable than metal orthodontics.