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Here’s Why Invisalign may be Better

invisalign houston tx | Royal DentalThe team at Royal Dental loves helping patients fall back in love with their smile. Dentistry has advanced so greatly that we now have several ways to make the necessary improvements. We can help you brighten up your smile, restore full integrity to damaged teeth, and even correct misalignment using the Invisalign system. Our experience with Invisalign has frequently brought us face to face with a common question: Is Invisalign better than braces?

Is Invisalign better than braces? Some would say yes, but that would be a knee-jerk reaction. Of course, this system seems better than braces! It doesn’t require you to sit beneath glued-on brackets and wires! It doesn’t get between you and your favorite food, or between you and your confidence. There are many advantages to the Invisalign protocol. That is undeniable. But what is really behind that question about “which is better” is the aspect of efficacy. Can Invisalign get the job done? That is the real question!

A Look-Back

Initially, the Powers that Be approved Invisalign for the correction of minor alignment issues. A turned tooth, or a slight overlap. The use was limited, to say the least. Because of this, the perception was set that Invisalign is just cosmetic braces. The thing is, the developers of this system did not hang up their hats at this point; they kept working. They measured and tracked the positive sides to their system, and when they missed the mark in achieving the intended goal. What this did was advance the overall treatment protocol.

Now, Invisalign is a lot more than a cosmetic braces system. It is much more than a convenient treatment, too; it’s effective! Patients with an overbite, a crossbite, an underbite, with crowded teeth or gaps between teeth, with turning and other concerns, can all find the resolution they seek with Invisalign. Furthermore, because there are no brackets, research has discovered that patients tend to have better oral health throughout their course of treatment. Now that’s a bonus!

As great as we think Invisalign is, we cannot say that it is the best approach for every patient. We’d be happy to consult with you to determine your needs. Call (713) 330-7700.

 

 

 

oral health houston tx | Royal DentalSpring training is a fun time for parents and kids of all ages. Whether you are the participant, or you are cheering your child on from the sidelines, it is important to know that playing sports comes with certain risks. Of course, you have obtained the appropriate gear to minimize the chance of an injury. But what about tooth enamel? How could playing sports pose a risk of cavities? We’re about to find out.

What does just about every kid ask for during half-time or any other break from a game? Their favorite sports drink, of course! Sports drinks have become popular because they are supposed to supply the athlete with much-needed hydration during times of intense physical activity. The problem is, these beverages deliver much more than the needed electrolytes and carbohydrates. They also have high amounts of sugar, but that’s not the worst of it. It is the high acidity of sports drinks that makes them particularly dangerous to tooth enamel.

Double-Down

Drinking sports drinks to recoup during physical activity could be doubly harmful to your teeth, according to studies. Not only are these drinks made with ingredients that are acidic and sugary, but the mouth is in a more vulnerable state when we are physically active. Saliva slows down, and this means there is less fluid to dilute the sugars and acids in sports drinks (the drink itself doesn’t count, sorry). Without dilution, bacteria in the mouth have fuel in sugars. When bacteria consume sugar residue, these organisms excrete acidic byproduct. This is a vicious cycle that we would be better off avoiding.

Can you Pick and Choose?

Sports drinks are better than soda. This is a common misconception. There is no picking and choosing between these two, nor between energy drinks and soda, or energy drinks and sports drinks. The bottom line is, even if you find one of these beverages in a sugar-free formula, the acid content will still be somewhere around 2.4 to 4.5 regarding pH. The lower on the scale a beverage is, the stronger its acidity. On that note, water has a pH of 7, which is neutral – which is good.

There may be a few ways to reduce risks associated with unhealthy beverages, such as sipping through a straw. However, the best choice is to choose water every time.

Royal Dental offers general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to help you maintain your smile. Call one of our convenient office locations today.

 

 

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