It’s not going to rival Halloween in popularity, but adults who have always wanted straight teeth should take note. National Orthodontic Health Month applies to adults just as much as it does to teenagers. In fact, some 1.2 million adults in this country are undergoing orthodontic treatment right now! Dr. James Eike of Smile Creations in Neenah, WI offers short-term orthodontic treatment for adults and teens.
Straight Teeth Are A Great Investment
You might think that have one or more crooked or misaligned teeth is no big deal. However, teeth that aren’t straight can affect your wellbeing in two areas – health and self-esteem.
Crooked teeth often make it very difficult or even impossible to brush and floss thoroughly. That can result in plaque buildup which will lead to gum disease if it’s not treated. Gum disease has been linked to a host of serious health conditions:
- Heart disease
- Lung problems
- Inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Various forms of cancer
- Poor diabetes control
- Premature birth and low birth weight
Research is ongoing, and it’s almost certain that many more health impacts of gum disease will be identified. Beyond general health effects, though, crooked or misaligned teeth can result in premature wear and tear on your tooth enamel. That can lead to tooth failure and/or dental infection.
If your teeth don’t meet properly, you may also have trouble chewing your food thoroughly. The result is that your body might not extract all the nutrients in the food you eat.
An extraordinary number of people aren’t happy with their smiles for any number of reasons. Crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth are toward the top of the list.
There are a number of studies showing that people who smile often and broadly are viewed as more likeable and trustworthy. An unwillingness to smile may impact your social and professional lives. That can seriously impact your overall self-esteem as well as your success.
Having straight teeth solves all of these problems.
Invisalign® clear dental aligners allow adults and teens to straighten their teeth without the embarrassment and discomfort of traditional metal braces. The aligners are very hard for someone else to detect when they’re in place. Invisalign is from a smooth plastic that won’t irritate or cut your gums, tongue, or cheeks. The completely personalized aligners fit snugly over your teeth and won’t come off unexpectedly.
You remove the aligners to eat and to care for your teeth. For best results, you sleep with them in place. Every two weeks or so, you switch to the next aligner in your customized series
Invisalign is a short-term orthodontic treatment that provides the straight teeth you want in about 12 months. That compares very favorably with the 24-36 months that metal braces often take.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
Invisalign is increasingly being used for more complex orthodontic needs. However, there’s no way to know for sure whether you can benefit from Invisalign treatment without a thorough examination.
Get started on the road to the straight teeth you’ve always wanted. In the Neenah, WI area, call Smile Creations at 920-243-4122 to schedule an appointment.