Do you want to straighten your teeth as an adult, but aren’t sure if it is worth it solely for the cosmetic outcome?
At Archway Dental, we know all about how having a straighter smile can improve both your physical and mental health and are happy to recommend Invisalign in Cornwall to our suitable patients.
Still think that invisible aligners are all about resolving cosmetic issues? Here, our dentist discusses 5 top benefits of using Invisalign in Cornwall, so enjoy!
Better dental health
There is more to a straight smile than just looking pretty!
When you use Invisalign in Cornwall, your teeth will become easier to clean, thus leading to a reduction in issues such as cavities, gum disease and plaque accumulation.
And if that newly straightened smile is maintained with regular dental visits, the benefits of using an invisible aligner really can last a lifetime!
Better physical health
Yes, you read that correctly! Wearing an aligner can improve your physical health too!
As mentioned before, if you have excessive levels of plaque (due to misaligned teeth), it can lead to a whole host of secondary issues, such as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and even strokes.
By straightening your teeth, it is easier to clean them, thus reducing the likelihood of any of these issues occurring.
Can the alignment of your teeth impact your sleep? Of course, it can!
Having misaligned teeth can cause your teeth to grind together at night when you sleep, leading to disturbed sleep patterns, alongside an increase in headaches and migraines.
While invisible aligners may not be able to cure all of these issues outright (you may need to use a fitted brace too), they can certainly help reduce tension in the facial muscles caused by grinding and bruxing.
It is easy to forget the role that teeth play when it comes to biting into and chewing food, especially with all the emphasis on the aesthetics of teeth.
But when you have misaligned teeth, it can also be tough on your stomach. Picture a machine; when all the cogs and wheels turn correctly, the machine works just fine. But if one of those cogs falls out of line, it can be tough for the machine to work correctly and thus, secondary issues occur. This is the case when it comes to your stomach and your mouth; if your teeth are misaligned, larger pieces of food will hit the stomach and cause problems with things like acid reflux and digestion.
By straightening your teeth, you can not only improve your digestion but can also reduce the likelihood of issues like heartburn occurring. Great!
OK, so this is more linked to confidence than anything else! But any speech therapist will tell you that the position of your teeth has an impact on your speech patterns and inflexions.
And as you can imagine, if your teeth are misaligned, it can make it harder to pronounce certain words and sounds. For instance, if your front teeth are more spaced apart, you may struggle to pronounce words like ‘theirs’ or ‘the.’ And when you use invisible aligners to straighten your teeth, your speech patterns will inevitably notice the benefit!