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According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, more than 50 percent of the adult population in the U.S. has some degree of malocclusion. Poorly aligned teeth can negatively affect the health of periodontal (gum) tissues. Crooked teeth are harder to clean thoroughly, which can lead to serious dental issues, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Evidence-based research has shown that by eliminating crowding, the risk for periodontal disease is significantly decreased.

Periodontal disease can have a negative effect on patients’ overall health leading to serious concerns such as:

  • Increased risk of strokes
  • Heart problems
  • Premature delivery and low birth weight
  • Stress related disease
  • Exacerbated diabetes

Orthodontic treatment can decrease the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay, as well as improve the beauty of the smile. Some complex cases may require traditional metal bracket and wire braces, but most cases can be corrected using the Invisalign clear aligner system. Due in part to inhibited oral hygiene practices because of the difficulty in cleaning effectively around brackets and wires attached to the teeth, traditional braces can compromise the periodontium. A study published in the Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics found that the plaque index in the participants using Invisalign was significantly lower than in the group using traditional braces. Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are removable, making oral hygiene practices easy.

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The health benefits of correcting malocclusion by using Invisalign rather than traditional braces include:

  • Improved periodontal health, which has a positive influence on general health
  • Less injury to the soft tissue (tongue, lips, and roof of mouth)
  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Reduced tooth wear
  • Reduced root resorption
  • Reduced caries (cavities) and decalcification
  • Teeth whitening can be completed during treatment
  • Good nutrition isn’t affected by the restricted foods list that is inherent with traditional treatment

The esthetic aspect of treatment is especially popular with our patients. The clear aligners are virtually invisible, providing a discreet method of orthodontic treatment, allowing even the most image-conscious adults to improve their oral health and enhance their smiles comfortably.

Dr. Leo Arellano and our talented team are dedicated to providing consummate dental care and healthy, beautiful smiles. Call 415-881-4343 or stop by our office at 3030 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118 to schedule an appointment today.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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