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Will Invisalign help with my overbite?

 orthodontics CypressDid you know that orthodontics has been practiced for centuries? Even hundreds of years ago, medical and dental professionals understood the importance of a straight, properly aligned smile. A crooked and crowded smile along with a misaligned occlusion such as an overbite can cause oral health problems. Patients with crooked teeth are more likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease because crowded and crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean. Furthermore, malocclusions such as an overbite or underbite leads to unnecessary tooth wear and jaw dysfunction. Fortunately, however, the efficiency and effectiveness of orthodontics has improved over the centuries. For example, our dentist offers orthodontic treatment using the comfortable Invisalign system.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system of orthodontic appliances that straighten teeth over time. Using sets of clear, retainer-like appliances, these aligners correct crooked, gapped, crowded, and overlapped teeth. At the end of treatment, Invisalign can also correct malocclusions like overbites if improperly aligned teeth cause the misaligned bite. [pullquote]Invisalign is a system of orthodontic appliances that straighten teeth over time.[/pullquote]

How can Invisalign improve my smile?

A patient will wear multiple sets of these aligners over the course of treatment. Each set of aligners is slightly tighter than the set worn before. This, like traditional metal and wire braces, creates gentle pressure that shifts teeth to healthier positions. Invisalign aligners are custom made for each patient and are made from soft, slightly pliable plastics that do not cut or irritate soft tissues in the mouth.

What are the additional benefits of using Invisalign?

Many patients prefer the Invisalign system to traditional braces because these clear aligners are inconspicuous and virtually undetectable to others. Aligners are also removable. This allows patients to easily clean their teeth and eat food without obstruction.

How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?

The only way to be sure if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our dentist. After an examination, our team can determine the best method to straighten your smile and align your bite.

Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today to schedule your appointment.

Common Misconceptions About Dental Health

Cypress dentistMany patients harbor false beliefs and perceptions about oral health and dental care. Here are just a few examples of some of these myths and the facts that disprove those myths:

As long as I brush and floss every day, I only need to see a dentist for emergenciesWrong! You should never wait to get dental care until you have an emergency. First of all, good routine dental care may help to reduce your chances of experiencing a dental emergency. Also, it may be more difficult for a patient without an established relationship with a dentist to find a practitioner who is able to schedule an ASAP appointment for an unfamiliar patient.

Going to the dentist is going to hurtIn fact, when you postpone the painless routine care that all dental patients should get, you’re increasing your chances of developing a serious problem that could require a more invasive intervention. Don’t let dental fear keep you from getting regular dental care like checkups and cleanings, which rarely cause discomfort anyway.

My oral health doesn’t have any influence on my overall health ­– Scientific research has suggested links between oral health and systemic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and dementia. The mouth is indeed the gateway to the body, and oral bacteria has easy access to the bloodstream, which allows it to travel throughout the rest of the body. Furthermore, the inflammation found in diseased gum tissue appears to have some characteristics in common with the inflammation that causes disease elsewhere in the body.

Adults aren’t at risk for cavitiesActually, as we age, our teeth become less effective at the re-mineralization process, which can make the teeth weaker. Additionally, adult patients who were prone to cavities during childhood may still face a higher chance of tooth decay. Patients who take medications that have xerostomia (dry mouth) also may be more susceptible to cavities.

Do you believe in any of these misconceptions about dental health? If so, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan to learn more about the best ways to protect and promote your oral health and your overall well-being. Call 281-256-6866 to schedule your visit.