Most people recognize Invisalign aligners as an orthodontic solution which is much preferable to wearing traditional metal braces, with their wires, rubber bands, undesirable appearance, and constant discomfort. These clear aligners are usually marketed as being a patient-friendly solution to teeth straightening, which allows the wearer to avoid having a mouthful of metal and being mocked by peers.
Ironically, there are quite a few advantages to wearing Invisalign aligners which have nothing to do with appearances. Some of these benefits are merely helpful in nature, while others provide a very significant advantage, and should be something you make part of your daily routine. Here are five of the most important benefits you will derive from using Invisalign aligners, as opposed to wearing traditional braces. Contact Dr. Ammons today for your next Invisalign appointment.
You might be wondering what Invisalign aligners have to do with digestion, but there is actually a direct connection. The first stage of the digestive process always happens in the mouth, where all the biting and chewing occur. If you’re not able to bite and chew properly, you won’t be able to get all the nutrients out of the food you’re eating, and your digestive process won’t be as efficient. Invisalign aligners allow you to be much more efficient in chewing and breaking down food particles, thereby contributing to better digestion.
The right bite
Speaking of proper biting, the whole point of having braces installed in your mouth in the first place is to straighten out your teeth so that you can have a proper bite. There are all kinds of significant ramifications to having an improper bite, and these can have a major impact on your general health. Once the Invisalign aligners have done their job and aligned your teeth into proper positioning, you will have the right bite and you’ll probably also enjoy better overall health.
Better dental hygiene
When you are wearing traditional braces, it will be much harder to brush and floss properly each day. That means it’s very possible for food particles to get stuck between your teeth, and once they do that will become a feast for bacteria. The more bacteria you have in your mouth, the better chance you will have for tooth decay, gum issues, and poor health. Invisalign aligners are easily removable, so that means you can brush and floss easily after taking them out. You won’t have any problems at all maintaining good dental hygiene, because your teeth will be completely accessible for cleaning.
Better speech and enunciation
The positioning of your teeth is crucial for good speech and for clearly enunciating your spoken words. This is much more difficult when you have traditional braces in your mouth, because they can interfere in a major way when you talk. Invisalign aligners are far less intrusive and do not impact your speech nearly as much as traditional braces would. With just a couple days of practice, you’ll be able to speak as clearly with Invisalign aligners as if there were nothing in your mouth at all.
Once the Invisalign aligners have done the job and straightened out your teeth, you can actually use them for other purposes. As an example, if you’re active in sports, you may need a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury. Your Invisalign aligners can be used to protect your teeth from contact injuries, so that you are less exposed to any kind of serious injury to your mouth. If you’re a person who has a tendency to grind your teeth at night, your aligners can also limit that activity, and prevent you from eroding your teeth through grinding.