December 2016 – Ames Neighbors North Magazine
“Don’t Let Disease Steal Your Health”
By Jason Niegsch, DDS, FAGD | Dentistry At Somerset
Teeth that are not aligned properly create what is called “malocclusion” and it’s a disease. Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws, which lead to premature wear. Research shows that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.
Malocclusion Affects 74% of American Adults
If you have crooked teeth, it may affect your periodontal health because it is difficult to remove plaque when teeth are not aligned. Periodontal disease can begin as gum redness or bleeding while brushing or flossing, and you may notice bad breath. If not treated, gum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss and tooth loss.
Straight Teeth Are Healthier Teeth
Straight, properly aligned teeth can help you avoid the negative effects of periodontal disease.
- Healthier Gums: Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth. Properly positioned teeth can help gums “fit” more tightly around them, which may lead to better periodontal health.
- Improved Hygiene: With good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal disease can be reduced.
- Decreased Risk of Abnormal Wear and Tear: Properly aligned teeth also reduce the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear; and can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints.
In straightening your teeth the appearance of your smile will improve, and your gums will be healthier, which means you’ll be less likely to have premature damage or wearing down of your teeth. Teeth that fit together and function properly last longer and require much less dental work in the long run.
I choose to use Invisalign clear aligner therapy for straightening my patients’ teeth. This therapy uses custom-made clear aligners to gently move your teeth into a more ideal position. Treatment fits easily into your active lifestyle and is almost invisible, so you’re the only one that needs to know you’re doing it.
I have been providing clear orthodontic therapy for my patients for over nine years and can safely say they are thrilled with the results! Please call our office at 515-686-8221 to set up your orthodontic consultation today.
- WHAT IS INVISALIGN? Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without restrictions that come with metal braces. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-made for you. You wear them over your teeth and change them out every two weeks.
- IS INVISALIGN AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES? Yes, when worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained dentist. Dr. Niegsch is a Preferred Provider. Invisalign can treat mild to severe cases, including underbite, overbite, overcrowding and gaps between teeth. Dr. Niegsch provides free consultations, which include images of your alignment now and alignment after treatment.
- WHAT ARE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES? If you’ve had braces, you already know the issues associated with metal wires and brackets. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so there are no food or activity restrictions.
- ARE THERE ANY EMOTIONAL CONCERNS TO CONSIDER? Many people feel self-conscious about crooked teeth and using braces as a solution can often make lack of confidence worse. With Invisalign, no one needs to know you’re straightening your teeth.
- HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN TREATMENT TAKE? Average treatment time is about the same as with traditional braces, but the actual length of treatment depends on the severity of your condition. Dr. Niegsch has special training in PROPEL® ORTHODONTICS which is a procedure to speed-up Invisalign, so you can complete treatment in significantly less time!