Not everyone is born with perfect teeth. In fact, crooked teeth will affect 74% of American adults, according to the makers of Invisalign, a braces alternative that uses clear alignment trays to straighten the teeth. Celebrities like Justin Bieber, Katherine Heigl, Tom Cruise, Eva Longoria and Khloe Kardashian have all reportedly used the system to achieve their multi-million-dollar smiles.
Now, with Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offering Invisalign in Suffolk County, Long Islanders can get the same star treatment to perfect their smiles, protect their health and even lose a few pounds in the process!
Some people may wonder, “Why worry about my teeth being a little bit crooked?” After all, Jackie Onassis, Lauren Bacall, Kate Moss and the Duchess of Cambria all have malocclusion issues, but it clearly hasn’t affected public perceptions about their beauty. Yet, there are some very real health risks of leaving crooked teeth unattended.
Abnormal stress on the teeth and jaws often leads to:
Since crooked teeth are harder to clean, bacterial buildup leads to complications like: soft tissue inflammation and damage, gum redness and bleeding, chronic infection, and periodontal disease.
Once bacteria from the mouth invades the blood vessels, cells in the coronary arteries become damaged, increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke. Naturally, these troubles are best avoided and crooked teeth treated sooner rather than later is much more affordable than dealing with costly repairs and health problems down the road.
While there are no published clinical studies on Invisalign weight loss, anecdotal evidence suggests that it’s possible to shed a few pounds while undergoing Invisalign treatment. The invisible braces are worn 22 hours a day and removed to eat or drink. Since the teeth and trays must always be brushed after eating or drinking, patients are less inclined to indulge in senseless snacking. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick have seen patients lose anywhere from five to twenty pounds over the course of a year.
Invisalign is preferable to braces primarily because they’re clear and virtually invisible. On top of that, it just feels more comfortable to have thin plastic in your mouth, rather than metal wires. They are easier to adjust for the perfect fit and removable for better comfort when eating, brushing and flossing.
Since the price is comparable to braces, there is no economic incentive to choose metal wires over plastic aligners. For young teens who lack the discipline to keep the trays in their mouth or people with the severest type of tooth misalignment, braces may still be required, but most patients – when given the option – prefer Invisalign.
For some patients, Invisalign may be preferable to veneers because it corrects underlying issues, rather than simply covering up the imperfections. Aligner trays are also much more affordable if more than one tooth needs correction. While veneers give the appearance of straight teeth in less than a month and Invisalign could take 12 months, you will be able to preserve more of your natural teeth and avoid future maintenance expenses to repair or replace worn veneers.
For the best results, it’s important to find a dentist who has experience treating crooked teeth and who makes you feel most comfortable. If you’re looking for the best Long Island Invisalign dentist, look no further than Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have been working with Invisalign for years. Our Suffolk County cosmetic dentists obtained their degrees in dental surgery from NYU and Stony Brook, two of the most prestigious local universities. They have won awards for academic achievement, professionalism and leadership in dentistry, and have work published in respected peer-reviewed journals.
Best of all, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot lend compassion and understanding to discussions about your dental issues and provide friendly service that puts your fears at ease. Call 631-319-7891 to schedule an Invisalign consultation at our Fairway Drive cosmetic dentistry office in Rocky Point, NY. We look forward to helping you achieve a straighter, brighter smile that will last for decades.
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