Invisalign® in Northridge For those Northridge residents who have contemplated having their teeth straightened by an Invisalign® dentist rather than getting old fashioned metal braces from an orthodontist, you may be interested to learn the benefits of the Invisalign approach go beyond cosmetic dentistry. Invisalign® is a lot more than cosmetic dentistry; it is about overall quality of life. Invisalign’s Physiological Benefits One major issue that occurs with misaligned teeth and an uncorrected bite is TMJ (temporomandibular jaw) pain. Along with pain and distress, this misalignment often causes unusual and irregular tooth wear over time. Other symptoms even include pain in the shoulder, neck and head. Another serious problem is that uneven teeth can result in the biting of the inside of the mouth or the tongue while eating or chewing. This is often exceptionally debilitating. Along with the resultant swelling, it can make it much more likely a person will likely injure themselves again and again in exactly the same place. Advantages of Invisalign® Over Metal Braces It may have been years since you have seen anyone with metal braces and there is a great reason behind that. While metal braces may correct the bite and tooth alignment they are responsible for a good amount of problems as well. For example, metal braces make it impossible to use dental floss and make it very difficult to thoroughly clean your teeth. The implications of this are enough to make anyone shudder. Moreover, tooth decay may go undetected since the metal in your mouth means that dental x-rays are out of the question. On the other hand, Invisalign® retainers can certainly be removed for eating as well as for dental hygiene. Naturally, what everyone who has gained in the Invisalign® treatment enjoys best is the fact that nobody else even realizes that these Invisalign® braces are even in your mouth. No more unsightly alloy mouth. The only other thing to keep in mind is the fact that success depends on your ability to execute your Invisalign® plan. This means wearing your Invisalign® twenty hours each day and going back to the dentist every two to three weeks for adjustments (meaning you will get a brand new retainer). Unfortunately, many people who have been disappointed with Invisalign® are those that forget to wear them – so be sure you follow our dentists’ instruction carefully and remove them just for eating and cleaning your teeth. Take advantage of this this state-of-the-art Invisalign® technology by calling us now at (818) 368-8522. Or just ask for a consultation at the top right of the screen.