Many patients ask our dentists if there is a medical reason to straighten the teeth, or if it is purely esthetic. As the title of this post suggests, the benefits of straight teeth are much greater than purely esthetic. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, which decreases the rate and severity of periodontal (gum) disease. In addition, straightening the teeth can reduce formation of abfraction lesions. An abfraction lesion is a ditching of the enamel right at the gum line. This scooped out area can trap food and is prone to cavities and sensitivity. Finally, movement of the teeth may be indicated prior to fabrication of crown, bridges, or implants for optimal outcomes. A certain amount of space needs to be present to accommodate an implant, and that space can be gained by moving the adjacent teeth if it is not already present.
Now that you know the many benefits of straightening the teeth, you may be wondering how we can help. At Davidson Family Dentistry, we offer clear aligner therapy to move the teeth using Invisalign. A new set of clear aligners is worn every two weeks during treatment to slowly move the teeth into the desired position. Aligners are worn approximately 22 hours/day and are only removed to eat and clean the teeth.
The major advantage over traditional braces is the ability to clean the teeth without brackets and wires impeding your brush and floss. However, some cases are still best treated with traditional braces. Patients that may benefit from traditional braces are treated by an orthodontist. They continue to be seen at Davidson Family Dentistry for regular check-ups, cleanings, and other dental work.
If you’re wondering if clear aligner therapy is right for you, give us a call and set up a free consultation.
Making Smiles Happen,
Your Davidson Family Dentistry team