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Straight Teeth are Healthier Teeth

Oct 27, 2014 06:05PM ● By Peggy Malecki

Properly aligned teeth can help patients avoid the negative effects of periodontal disease with healthier gums, improved hygiene and decreased risk of abnormal wear or trauma to teeth and jaw bone. Teeth that are not properly aligned (such as crowding, spacing, deep bite, cross bite, excessive overjet, edge-to-edge and open bite) are called malocclusion, which if left untreated can result in tooth loss and systemic problems increasing the risk for hardening of the arteries.

Crowded teeth make it more difficult to remove plaque and bacteria when brushing and flossing, which allows them to build up around and under the gum line, leading to periodontal disease. Studies show that severe periodontal infection, when left untreated, may increase the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, complications of diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes and respiratory diseases.

Poorly aligned teeth can also create unnatural stress and pressure on teeth and the jaw. Excessive pressure on teeth results in chipping, abfraction and trauma. This all leads to premature wear and ultimately poor root support, loose teeth and eventually, tooth loss.

Straight teeth can make a difference in having a healthier mouth and keeping teeth for life. As compared to traditional braces, Invisalign’s retainer-like aligners are the less invasive choice for mild to moderate malocclusion. The custom-made aligners are metal-and BPA-free, making them the clear alternative to traditional braces.

Dr. Alla Aver’s approach to orthodontics is not just about the aesthetics of a beautiful smile, but also properly aligning teeth to improve overall health. To learn more about Invisalign, call 847-998-5100 or visit