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Dentistry At Somerset

Clear Invisalign Orthodontics


It’s easy to get straighter teeth at our Ames, Iowa dentist office. Dentistry At Somerset has been providing clear orthodontic therapy for over 15 years. Dr. Niegsch has treated over 200 patients with Invisalign and he is ranked #9 out of 820 total general dentists in the state of Iowa for the number and complexity of cases. Teeth that are not straight can have a severe impact on your overall health. Learn more below.

The Connection Between Your Health and Misaligned Teeth

What’s Healthier About Straighter Teeth?

Misaligned teeth can lead to premature wear, tooth loss, gum disease, and the buildup of bacteria associated with bigger problems, including heart disease. More than seven out of ten American adults have issues with their bites, such as crowding, spacing, or overbites – your doctor may use the word malocclusion.

Malocclusion: abnormal tooth alignment

Painful Gums and Gum Disease
It’s hard to remove plaque and bacteria from misaligned teeth. This can lead to inflamed gums, soft tissue damage, receding gums, pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss and tooth loss.

Early signs of gum disease:

  • Red gums
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath

There may be no signs of gum disease until the advanced stages.

Gum Disease: disease of the soft tissue and bone support around your teeth

Tooth and Gum Deterioration and Tooth Loss
Poorly aligned teeth can put extra stress and pressure on teeth and the jawbone. This can be the cause of:

  • Receding gums
  • Gum disease
  • Indentations at the gum line
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Tooth loss

Overall Health Risks
Problems that start in your mouth can spread to the rest of your body. Severe gum infections may increase the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  •  Stroke
  • Lung diseases
  • Problems in pregnancy
  • Complications related to diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Straight Teeth are Healthier Teeth
When your teeth are property aligned, the health benefits are clear.
Healthier Gums: It’s easier to brush and floss around properly aligned teeth, and you are less likely to have pockets between gums and teeth that trap bacteria.

Improved Hygiene: Properly aligned teeth reduce plaque retention, tooth decay and the risk of gum disease.
Less Wear and Trauma: Aligned teeth reduce the risk of tooth chipping, breaking, and wear, which can require expensive procedures to repair. Proper alignment also reduces stress on the jawbone and joints.

Why Invisalign Clear Aligners Instead of Traditional Wires and Brackets?

  • More comfortable than braces
  • No restrictions on food or activities
  • Now up to 2X faster with weekly aligner changes
  • Covered up to 50% by many orthodontic insurance plans
  • Easier to brush and floss for better oral health

Watch this video for more Invisalign information.