Mark R. Maher, DDS
Walnut Creek, CA

Teeth Straightening with Invisalign

Are you interested in straightening your teeth? Dr. Mark Maher is a certified Invisalign provider and can help you have the flawless, beautiful, healthy smile you’ve been dreaming of without the need for a mouth full of metal brackets and wires.

Crooked teeth are often thought of a primarily aesthetic concern, but the truth is that crowded, turned, or otherwise incorrectly aligned teeth are at higher risk for a number of significant dental problems that can affect your overall health.

Problems Caused by Crooked Teeth

When your teeth are crooked and crowded, it is much more difficult to brush and floss them properly. This puts your mouth at more risk for decay and gum disease, which has been linked to significant health concerns including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and reproductive difficulties.

Sometimes crooked teeth cause your jaws to line up incorrectly. When this happens, you may have difficulty chewing certain foods. Additionally, this causes extra stress to occur elsewhere in your mouth, which can lead to pain, erosion, and even fracturing of your teeth. You may also experience pain in your jaws or your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as your body tries to compensate.

If your teeth are significantly out of place, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance and smile less frequently. You may be less inclined to participate in social situations, and your personal life and professional life may suffer. In time, you may even feel the effects of depression.

Straightening Teeth with Invisalign

If you’ve been putting off straightening your teeth because the prospect of metal braces, brackets, and wires has you thinking the cure is worse than the condition, it’s time to reconsider. Invisalign is practically invisible; most people will never know you are wearing your aligners. Because you remove your aligners to eat, you don’t have to be limited in what type of food you choose to enjoy.

You also remove your Invisalign aligners to clean them, which means you don’t have to struggle with trying to brush and floss around brackets and wires. Because the brackets associated with braces are so difficult to properly clean around, many people find that once the braces are off, they are left with permanent marks on their enamel because of plaque buildup around the brackets. Invisalign allows you to completely avoid this problem so once treatment is complete, you are left with nothing but beautiful teeth.

Dr. Maher will create a treatment plan that is right for you, and you will receive a set of several aligners when you begin your treatment. Instead of having to constantly return to the office to have wires tightened, you simply switch to the next aligner on a set schedule. Dr. Maher will still need to see you occasionally to make sure your treatment is going well, but not as frequently as traditional braces would require.

To find out more about Invisalign and whether it’s a good option for you or your teenager, call our Walnut Creek dental office today to schedule your consultation appointment.

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