With the availability of nearly invisible braces like Invisalign, more and more people are becoming interested in this approach to smile enhancement. While the ability to have a more attractive smile without wearing conventional braces is reason enough for many people, there are other factors to consider in making your decision.
A better smile can deliver more than meets the eye. The change in confidence that many people experience after using Invisalign can positively influence both personal and business relationships. Our own belief that everyone notices imperfections in our appearance can really hold us back. Even those who need relatively minor smile enhancement can benefit from the new-found confidence they feel in their interactions with others. That’s another reason that Invisalign is a good choice for smile enhancement – your treatment may go completely unnoticed by those around you while you’re having it done.
Investing in Your Future Oral Health
Many people associate wearing braces with cosmetic improvement only. They never stop to consider that braces can be an investment in future oral health. As people live longer and longer, their teeth will need to serve them longer! Consider how problems with the spacing of your teeth can affect you. Living with crowded teeth increases the likelihood of plaque buildup, tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual loss of teeth. Wide gaps between teeth leave gums more exposed and increase the possibility of developing gum problems (and potential tooth loss) over time.
If your upper and lower teeth do not align properly (crossbite), you will experience greater force and wear on certain teeth, making them more prone to decay on the top surface. If your upper teeth come inside your lower teeth, you are more likely to experience abnormal wear and to chip a tooth – a result that is both unsightly and costly to repair.
Ask us to evaluate what the non-cosmetic benefits might be to using Invisalign or some other form of braces. Every person’s risks are different, based on spacing, bite, and the wear patterns that are developing. We can help you understand the potential long-term consequences of not investing in having your teeth properly spaced and aligned. When you weigh all the factors, it’s normally more than a purely cosmetic decision.