Aside from being embarrassing, a crooked smile ruins a healthy mouth. Crooked teeth are harder to clean between; therefore increasing your risk for developing oral diseases, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, overcrowded teeth wear down faster than straight teeth. Each time you chew, unnecessary force is exerted onto teeth, which often results in breaks. Holland, PA dentist Dr. Gary Nack recommends a porcelain crown to correct a broken tooth.
Restorative dental procedures are avoided with good oral hygiene. If you have an overcrowded or crooked smile, Dr. Nack recommends investing in Invisalign®. Unlike traditional braces, which include brackets and wires, Invisalign® aligners are created from clear, thin plastic. After the clear braces are created, you simply slip them over your teeth and wear them throughout the day for a comfortable, discreet smile correction.
An Increased Risk for Tooth Decay
Cavities occur when bacteria turns carbohydrates and sugars into an acid. The acid erodes tooth enamel, which creates a hole in the tooth. When left untreated, the bacteria seeps through the tiny pores in the tooth down to the dental pulp and root. This is corrected through root canal therapy. In extreme cases, Dr. Nack recommends extracting the damaged tooth so that surrounding teeth remain healthy.
Patients with crooked smiles have a higher risk of developing cavities because plaque and bacteria accumulate between teeth, leading to tooth decay. Patients are unable to effectively remove the harmful substances that cause decay; therefore they’re at an increased risk of developing this oral condition.
Invisalign® aligners gradually shift teeth into a straighter position. Dr. Nack creates your aligners from a dental impression and instructs you to wear the clear braces for 20-22 hours each day. He recommends that you remove the aligners for eating, brushing, flossing, and drinking anything besides water. Your teeth should be brushed twice a day and flossed at least once a day to maintain a healthy smile while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
The Risk of Periodontal Disease
Similar to how tooth decay develops; periodontal (gum) disease is caused by built up plaque and bacteria. These harmful substances accumulate around the gum line and ruin periodontal health. Ideally, Dr. Nack wants to see pink gums that don’t bleed each time you brush or floss.
Common periodontal disease symptoms include:
- Frequent bleeding
- Tooth loss
- Gum recession
- Chronic bad breath
- Red, tender, swollen gums
Invisalign® aligners reduce the risk of oral diseases by pulling teeth into a straighter position, which allows patients the chance to remove bacteria and plaque from between each tooth.
After a consultation with Dr. Nack, he will determine how long you should wear your clear braces. Most patients can expect a treatment plan that lasts 9-15 months. Invisalign® is the ideal orthodontic treatment for adults because it’s subtle and doesn’t require lengthy maintenance. Dr. Nack sends patients home with multiple sets of aligners, which should be switched every two weeks. Additionally, Dr. Nack needs to assess the progress every six weeks at a dental checkup.
Our Holland, PA dental office serves patients from Village Shires, Feasterville-Trevose, and Southampton, as well as Buck County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County.