Many patients feel that orthodontic dental treatment is all about improving the appearance of their smile. They think that teeth that are crowded or uneven should be adjusted only if they want to smile a little brighter. The truth is teeth that are misaligned, crowded or uneven can be a risk to oral health. When teeth are crowded, they create pockets in the mouth where sugar and food particles can become trapped, leading to tooth decay or gum disease.

Sometimes teeth are misaligned as soon as they break through the gums. Other times, the teeth shift during adulthood, either after years of not wearing a retainer following orthodontic treatment or because another tooth in the mouth was lost. Regardless of the reason, fixing the misalignment is important to your overall dental health. However, many patients are hesitant to undergo orthodontic treatment that requires embarrassing metal brackets and sharp, uncomfortable wires.

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Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Valley Dental in Dolton, IL, has been helping patients improve the appearance, and the health, of their smile with Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is an effective way to shift the teeth without the use of traditional braces by using clear alignment trays. The trays are custom created, following a predesigned treatment plan that gently move the teeth into place.

Invisalign offers the overwhelming benefit of being able to improve the smile in a way that’s practically invisible. However, the treatment also offers additional benefits. For example, because the trays can be removed, patients can eat their favorite foods without worrying about breaking a bracket or getting sticky foods stuck on the wires. Additionally, the trays could be removed for important professional or social events. Finally, the trays can be removed for brushing and flossing. This improves the ability to properly clean the teeth and leads to better overall health and wellness.

A happy smile is a healthy smile. If your teeth are crowded or uneven, call Dr. Dietrich to find out if Invisalign could help you. Dr. Dietrich and the entire team at Pleasant Dental are committed to helping patients achieve the smile they want, and deserve.

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