Straight Teeth can Actually be Better for Your Gums Having a straighter smile has obvious cosmetic benefits, but there are also multiple hygienic and health advantages to correct alignment of teeth. Left untreated, crooked teeth can be difficult to clean properly, leading to eventual plaque buildup and increased risk for gum disease, tooth decay and related health problems. Properly aligned teeth, on the other hand, are easier to brush and floss. Invisalign Aligners Eliminate the Need for Metal Brackets and Wires Thanks to dramatic advances in dental technology, patients can achieve healthier, and straighter smiles without the frustration or discomfort of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that uses a series of custom-made removable, clear aligners that gently move your teeth into position. Patients simply place their virtually invisible aligners over their teeth, leaving the trays in for approximately 22 hours per day. The aligners are removed daily to eat, brush and floss, making it possible to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy throughout treatment for better overall health and hygiene. Curious about Invisalign for your Smile? Ask us for a Complimentary Consultation! At our state-of-the-art Poway dental office, we are delighted to offer complimentary on-site Invisalign consultations, as well as a variety of payment options to make Invisalign affordable for nearly any budget. In fact, you can ask Elena about her personal experience, as she used Invisalign aligners to straighten her own teeth!