When are you too old to treat uneven teeth? Instead of asking yourself, “Should I get braces,” it helps to know there are other, less eye-catching options. In fact, about one in five orthodontic patients are over the age of 18. Not every patient asks for braces, though. Instead, consider these top seven reasons to get Invisalign.

It’s not all about looks, either! The health benefits of Invisalign range from improving your oral health to overall quality of life. Interested?

Keep reading to learn more.

1. Beat Bruxism

When your teeth are straight and aligned, the top and bottom rows rest perfectly against one another. When your teeth are crooked, however, they won’t remain aligned.

Over time, this can cause you to start grinding your teeth. Known as bruxism, this condition can have a negative impact on your tooth enamel. Enamel is responsible for protecting your teeth from potential decay.

When your enamel starts to erode, it can impact:

  • The shape and color of your teeth
  • Your sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods
  • The texture of your teeth, making them rough around the edges

You can’t rebuild your lost tooth enamel. Instead, it’s important to take steps to prevent bruxism and enamel erosion. Otherwise, your risk of tooth decay will only increase.

Bruxism can cause you to clench your teeth together, even when you don’t realize it. Many people who clench their teeth at night require a mouth guard or Invisalign aligners. Otherwise, you might develop a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea.

In addition to clenching your teeth and wearing down your enamel, other symptoms include:

  • Loose, fractured, flattened, or chipped teeth
  • Tired, tight muscles
  • Headaches
  • Damage to the inside of your cheek from chewing
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Soreness around your jaw
  • Sleep issues

If these symptoms sound familiar, discuss the benefits of Invisalign with your dentist.

Invisalign can help improve your bite and straighten your teeth. Your bruxism will subside, allowing you to prevent future tooth enamel erosion.

2. Healthier Gums

A healthier jaw and gums are two more reasons to get Invisalign.

When your teeth aren’t straight, you might struggle to floss and brush. Dental hygiene is necessary to remove plaque from between your teeth. Otherwise, bacteria can cause plaque to harden into tartar.

You’ll need a dentist to remove tartar from your teeth.

If plaque and tartar linger, it can cause inflammation. Inflammation usually helps your body fight diseases, germs, and injuries. Left too long, however, and it could cause gingivitis.

Gingivitis is a gum disease that can cause:

  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sensitivity
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • A change to how your teeth fit together
  • Pain while chewing
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Loose teeth

If you don’t treat gingivitis right away, it could develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis can cause you to lose teeth. Over time, bacteria can even destroy the bone and ligaments that keep your teeth in place.

Gum disease also increases your risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

When reviewing the pros and cons of Invisalign, discuss your gum health with your dentist. Invisalign can help improve your bite, reducing the space between your teeth. Straightening your teeth can reduce your risk of gum disease.

3. Reduce Decay

Remember, it’s easier to brush and floss when your teeth are straight. If you fail to floss, food particles could tuck themselves away between your teeth. You could end up giving food particles and bacteria more places to hide if your teeth are crooked.

When left unattended, plaque can release acid, leading to cavity formation.

Tooth decay can then cause tooth loss or extreme pain. In order to relieve the pain and fix the damage, you’ll require expensive treatment.

Take a preventative approach by considering Invisalign or adult braces. Once you straighten your teeth, you can reduce your chances of experiencing decay.

4. Make Space

In addition to Invisalign, you might also consider dental implants if you’re missing teeth. Together, these two treatment options can help restore your smile. In fact, Invisalign can help if and when you decide on implants.

Straightening your teeth can give your mouth space for implants. Then, you can fill in that missing space.

5. Chew With Ease

When your teeth aren’t straight, you might have a difficult time chewing. Your ability to chew is important. Otherwise, you might not eat a well-balanced diet, which you need for the necessary vitamins and minerals.

Take a look at the state of your teeth. Do you have an overbite or underbite? Maybe you have spacing, crowding, or a crossbite.

If your bite seems off, you’re likely a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Speak to your doctor about reasons to get Invisalign, including improving your bite.

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign can help improve your ability to chew.

6. Avoid Injury

Improving your chewing abilities can help you avoid an injury, too.

When your teeth are crooked, they’ll point at strange angles. Those awkward angles can increase your chance of biting your tongue. If you’re in a sporting accident or car crash, you could accidentally knock out a tooth, too.

When your teeth are straight, it could reduce your risk of sustaining an injury.

7. Boost Your Confidence

If you’re considering the health benefits of braces and Invisalign, consider the social benefits as well. In addition to improving your appearance, Invisalign can also improve your self-confidence.

You won’t have to worry about people taking notice of your adult braces. Instead, Invisalign aligners are transparent, allowing you to hide them from view. As your teeth straighten up, you’ll feel more confident.

If you’re feeling stressed out about the state of your smile and oral health, however, it can increase your cortisol levels. Also known as the stress hormone, cortisol can have a negative impact on your health. Instead, straightening your teeth can make you feel happy and reduce your stress.

Straighten Up Your Smile: 7 Reasons to Get Invisalign

Don’t feel stressed out about the state of your smile. Instead, straighten up! Keep these seven reasons to get Invisalign in mind the next time you visit your orthodontist.

Once you have your aligners, you can start straightening your teeth to develop a stunning smile.

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