Have you ever wondered how your crowded or crooked teeth may affect your overall health? You may have looked in the mirror and thought that your teeth aren’t really that crooked or you may have wondered if you really need to bother straightening them at your age.
Consider this... almost half of adults have some form of gum disease and crowded teeth are one of the biggest contributing factors. As we age, our teeth have a natural progression to move forward and teeth that were once straight become crowded and misaligned. As crowding occurs, plaque and calculus begin to build up in these areas which make it harder to brush and floss these areas. The plaque in our mouth does, in fact, have a negative effect on our systemic health. You probably didn’t realize that plaque in your mouth releases toxins that can cause blot clots, heart valve problems and cardiovascular disease.
Another problem to consider with misaligned teeth is abnormal tooth wear. Have you ever seen someone with flat or chipped teeth? This is a direct result of crowded teeth with a poor bite!!!! Ever known anyone that wakes up in the morning with a sore jaw? You guessed it, bad bite and crowded teeth.
The solution to straightening crowded teeth is much easier than you probably think. Conventional braces for a lot of patients is a thing of the past. It’s called “Invisalign”. The clear alternative to braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable trays that gradually straightens your teeth. Problems such as crowding, deep bites and even open bites can be corrected with Invisalign. The trays are comfortable to wear and easily removed to eat and drink. At TerraGreen Dental Dr. Hoff is able to use 3D technology to scan your teeth, diagnose malocclusion and plan an Invisalign treatment for you.
From the Desk of Dr. Hoff