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A New Smile for a New Year

The celebration of a new year carries a very special symbolism as many people resolve to make a fresh effort to take actions that will improve their lives, making them better and healthier. Having a smile that you can be proud to show can increase your self-confidence, self-esteem, happiness and overall mental health.

Recent studies show that feeling like you have a great smile can increase the amount you smile, which can not only lower stress, but can improve cognitive ability. Although straightening and realigning crooked teeth is often considered for cosmetic reasons, there are many other reasons why it may be important for much more than aesthetics.

In fact, studies have found that misaligned teeth can affect both your dental and overall health in many ways. Teeth that are misaligned can make cleaning them more difficult, leading to tooth decay, erosion, and damage to the supporting tissue and bone. However, teeth that are correctly realigned can resolve issues such as speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and the increased wear on tooth enamel that can be caused by an improper bite.

More than one million adults in the U.S. currently have braces and many more are interested in exploring the possibility of having their teeth straightened. A number of adults who previously had orthodontics as children, now want to re-straighten their teeth, or are ready to do so to correct long-standing problems, or after the development of shifted teeth.

While some adults are self-conscious about the appearance of braces, advanced technology can now offer orthodontic therapy that is virtually invisible while effectively treating a wide variety of issues, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite with Invisalign. These clear plastic forms or aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of the sharp metal of traditional braces.

The forms are produced after preliminary x-rays and impression molds have been taken. A series of aligner are worn in order and can straighten teeth after a period of time of typically one to two years. This is generally followed by a clear retainer after treatment completion. Importantly, the trays are removable for brushing and flossing teeth, allowing for better oral hygiene without using the more elaborate methods required with metal braces.

The cost of Invisalign treatment is generally the same or may even be less than traditional orthodontics and can effectively address orthodontic issues to create the confidence of a great smile while increasing the likelihood of improved oral health. It may be time to get the smile you’ve always wanted, and with this advanced technology there’s never been a better way to do it.

If you would like more information about how straightening your teeth with Invisalign can help you to have a terrific smile and enjoy all the associated health benefits, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.

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