Teeth Straightening Promotes Oral and Overall Health
The dentists and dental hygienists at McCarl Dental Group are concerned not only with our patients’ dental health, but also their overall systemic health. Dental and systemic health go hand-in-hand, and procedures like Invisalign teeth straightening help to promote overall wellness for our patients who have crooked or crowded teeth.
Invisalign allows our patients to have proper teeth positioning, which allows for optimum function and personal oral hygiene as well as improved appearance. In areas where teeth are crowded, shifted or mal-positioned, the normal bacterial film that develops each day after eating becomes extremely difficult to remove from those areas with brushing and flossing.
When teeth are difficult to clean, bacterial film or plaque, is left on the tooth and root surface. This film also builds up under the gum and continues to multiply until it is removed. When plaque is not efficiently removed, it calcifies within 24 hours, leaving “tartar” or calculus behind on the tooth surface. This hard, calcified deposit cannot be removed without professional cleaning by a dental hygienist. The dental calculus harbors bacteria which cause periodontal disease, tooth loss, and is linked to conditions like stroke, premature births, heart attacks, obesity and diabetes.
Invisalign alignment trays are made of smooth plastic. There is no need for uncomfortable brackets or wires. Each set of aligners in the series is worn for about 2 weeks, before progressing to the next set. Invisalign and McCarl Dentists recommend that the alignment trays be worn for at least 20 hours each day in order to achieve optimum results. McCarl Dental Group sees its Invisalign patients approximately every 6 weeks at our Millersville, MD or Greenbelt, MD locations to monitor progress and response to their orthodontic treatment.
Because Invisalign trays can be removed for eating and oral hygiene, the impact on every-day activities is kept at a minimum. Traditional braces require omitting certain foods from your diet, and using special appliances to clean around your brackets and orthodontic wires. With Invisalign, simply remove your alignment trays for meals and eat whatever you like. Brush and floss as directed, without special threaders or brushes that are required for traditional braces. Cleaning is a snap. Even the aligners are low-maintenance and are simply cleaned with a toothbrush and lukewarm water.
To begin Invisalign treatment, our dentists and staff at McCarl Dental Group will first take x-rays, impressions and pictures of your teeth and smile at our Greenbelt or Millersville, MD location. We use these images to communicate with Invisalign laboratories where your aligners will be made.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate corrective needs, but may work in some types of severe alignment needs as well. To determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign teeth straightening, call McCarl Dental Group to set up a consultation with one of our dentists in Millersville or Greenbelt, MD. You can reach us at (410) 987-8800 or (301) 474-4144.
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