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Can Invisalign Help You Breathe Better?

July 7, 2022 6:02 pm

Breathing is often a mindless motion that comes to us naturally. But did you know that breathing helps decrease stress, increase energy, improve digestion, and provide other health benefits? Keep reading to see how Invisalign can help you take advantage of the benefits of breathing!

About Invisalign

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign utilizes transparent, clear retainer-like plastic trays to straighten teeth. A set often is worn in two-week increments before moving to a newer pair to help treatment progress. While many think Invisalign only helps achieve a straighter, beautiful smile, Invisalign has more benefits!

Invisalign & Breathing

A not-so-well-known benefit is that Invisalign may reduce symptoms related to sleep apnea. Invisalign’s main purpose is to straighten misaligned teeth.

Misaligned teeth may increase the risk of breathing problems when you sleep. A narrow bite or severely crowded teeth may cause your tongue to fall back and obstruct the airway.

Since Invisalign increases the space within the mouth by reshaping and aligning teeth, it may help alleviate obstructed breathing which can improve airflow and help you breathe and sleep better.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects breathing during sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the throat muscles relax too much during sleep, obstructing the airway.

Some symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Intense snoring
  • Feeling tired after sleep
  • Gasping during sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Waking up with a dry mouth

Breathe Better with Invisalign & Sleep Apnea Appliances

Though the causes of sleep apnea will be different for everyone, it’s recommended to visit a specialist like our team at Southwest Dental Care to find a solution. Our dental office in Jefferson City, MO, offers both Invisalign clear aligners and sleep apnea appliances to help you achieve better sleep and oral health!

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