Clear plastic aligners can improve San Francisco patients’ oral health
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.
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.