Having straight teeth contributes to more than your self-confidence — it plays a large role in your health overall. According to studies by the American Dental Association, crooked teeth is linked to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.
When teeth don’t fit together comfortably, it places strain on the jaw structure and surrounding teeth. This leads to chipping, wearing, headaches and earaches. The pressure on your jaw could also lead to severe pain in the jaw and neck. What’s more, this strain can lead to the development of TMD, or temporomandibular disorders — symptoms include severe pain and discomfort in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear.
Crowded teeth prevents proper care, which leads to tartar build up. The bacteria infects the tissue around the tooth and leads to periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease has been linked to other health concerns, such as:
- Heart attacks — Bacteria finds its way into your bloodstream, circulates inside your blood, damages the lining of your blood vessels which then develops into clots, making you susceptible to heart attacks
- Stroke — research suggests gum disease limits the amount of blood that flows to the brain, causing strokes
- Low baby birth rates — Studies have shown that women who have periodontal disease are more likely to give birth to premature babies
- Diabetes — When gums are infected, it becomes difficult for blood sugar levels to become stable
Some types of misalignments that can develop into serious health risks are:
- Teeth gaps
- Crowded teeth
- Edge to edge bite
Treatments such as Invisalign greatly reduces the health risks a crooked smile poses.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us at (780)705-0266. Dr. David Yu is located in Edmonton, AB and is a Preferred Invisalign provider.
So you’re tired of your crooked smile and/or mismatched jaw, but don’t know what type of orthodontic treatment is right for you? The two top contenders — Invisalign and traditional braces — come with their own set of pros and cons.
How it works:
Small brackets are strategically placed on each tooth and attached using a type of bonding cement. A wire is run through each bracket and exerts a light force that makes your teeth to move.
- Braces are the all-around handyman. He’ll fix pretty much anything, he’ll do it in one go and he’ll get the job done
- Braces require very little responsibility from the patient and are virtually impossible to lose
- They’re often less expensive than other treatments
- Braces are very noticeable, which can make a big impact on your confidence
- They hurt sometimes. Since you’re adjusting the wires every few weeks, the pressure and pain will become a regular thing (and soup will become a regular part of your diet)
- The wires poke and the brackets scrape
- Periodontal health is difficult to maintain because it’s more difficult to brush and floss
- Food restrictions. No more gum and no more popcorn, among other things
How it works:
A certified Invisalign provider will provide a personal diagnosis and create an individualized plan for you. Your custom aligners are created using advanced 3D computer imaging technology and you wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. Every two weeks, a new set of aligners will be provided until the treatment is done.
- It’s invisible. The comfortable and clear plastic allows you to smile confidently throughout treatment
- Invisalign is removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss as you normally would
- It’s convenient and comfortable. Patients have fewer appointments and aligners apply less force on your teeth than traditional braces
- There’s no bonding cement or impressions — everything is created through digital 3D imaging
- Invisalign’s effectiveness is directly related to your willingness to wear the aligners
- Invisalign can be a little expensive, especially if patients misplace their trays
- There’s an increased risk for cavities since sugar gets trapped in the aligners
While both treatments vary in their advantages and disadvantages, the only way you can know which method is best for you is to get a consultation with a doctor.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us at (780) 705-0266. Dr. David Yu is located in Edmonton and is a Preferred Invisalign provider.
Fact one: Flossing is more important than brushing your teeth when it comes to preventing gum disease and tooth loss.
Fact two: Your Invisalign treatment becomes pointless if your teeth fall out.
When it comes to hygiene habits, flossing ranks extremely high — yet, a recent study released by the American Dental Association showed that only 50.5 percent of Americans floss daily and 18.5 percent don’t bother to floss at all.
Flossing isn’t just about removing visible chunks of food — it’s also about getting rid of plaque, the film of bacteria that forms on teeth. Over time, this bacteria will produce acids that will destroy tooth enamel and develop on the roots under your gums to break down the bone supporting your teeth. So in short — if you don’t floss thoroughly, you can develop periodontitis, gingivitis, halitosis (bad breath) and eventually lose your teeth.
Even more horrifying news — since Invisalign is form fitted, food particles and plaque can get trapped inside your aligners, increasing your overall risk for dental problems down the road.
Ideally, you should floss after every meal to ensure a clean mouth before you place your aligners back in your mouth, but at the very least, floss once a day.
So, how does one properly floss?
Start with about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two to work with
Hold it taut and slide it gently up and down between your teeth
Curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure to go beneath the gum line
Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
If this isn’t enough to convince you to floss daily to make sure your teeth are gleaming after treatment, then just refer to the ol’ dentist adage:
Only floss the teeth you want to keep.