Clear Aligners Help Fight Tooth Decay

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When you take steps towards correcting your dental misalignment, you enjoy a variety of benefits for your oral health and personal appearance. While the esthetic improvement of a straighter smile may seem quite obvious, improving your oral health can maintain your healthy-looking smile for years to come. This is because when your teeth misalign, you become more susceptible to problems with tooth decay and gum disease. As teeth crowd, it becomes difficult to fully brush and floss their entire surface, leaving parts where plaque can gather and create cavities. If your teeth do not evenly touch, certain ones take disproportionate force from your bite which can quickly wear away the enamel. As enamel exposes, bacteria can more easily wear them away or cause a tooth infection. By bringing your smile into position, you can more easily brush, floss, and enjoy an even bite.

At your Prairie Village, KS dental practice, we offer an alternative treatment to traditional braces with Orthodontic Clear Aligners. This system for straightening your teeth provides additional oral hygiene benefits by allowing you to more easily clean your smile more during the corrective period. Because they are removable, you do not have to worry about permanent braces or wires preventing you from accessing the entire surface of your smile. By taking them off at mealtime, you also do not need to worry about collecting cavity-contributing particles that feed your oral bacteria.

When An Uneven Smile Leads To Cavities

Any problem you have cleaning your teeth can contribute to a buildup of oral bacteria and plaque. When your brush cannot access certain portions of your tooth, your bacteria combine with remnants from your food that stick on the enamel surface. As your bacteria feed, they produce an acidic waste product that wears away, eventually creating cavities. These breaks in your protective surface layer expose the inner material to infection by your oral bacteria.

How Clear Aligners Help You Prevent Decay

When you wear Orthodontic Clear Aligners, you can perform your standard oral hygiene routine by taking them off temporarily. Simply continue wearing your trays as soon as you finish brushing and flossing. While traditional braces can collect debris from your meals, this system allows you to remove them at mealtime as well to prevent trapping precursor material for tooth decay. When your therapy is complete, your straighter smile should be even easier to clean. Enjoy a smile less susceptible to decay moving forward!

Talk To Your Prairie Village, KS Dentist About Orthodontic Clear Aligners!

The decision to correct the alignment of your smile offers a variety of health and cosmetic benefits! If you would like more information about our orthodontic service, please contact your Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office at 913-901-8585.