How Orthodontics Can Improve Your Overall Health

If you’re considering being treated with Invisalign clear braces in Irving, we hope you’ll come to Rio Dental & Orthodontics where orthodontic care is one of our specialties.

Many of our patients choose to get orthodontic care for straightening their teeth and improving their smiles and their feeling of self-esteem. And while that sense of well-being is extremely important, many health benefits go with that gleaming new smile.

Poor oral health and your overall health

There is growing medical evidence that poor oral health can contribute to a variety of health issues beyond your teeth and gums. For example:

  • Oral bacteria can infect the arterial cells in the heart and weaken the walls of your heart.
  • Oral inflammation and swelling have been linked to clogged arteries.
  • Women who suffer from gum disease are more likely to give birth prematurely.

Beyond these specific health issues, people with crooked teeth often have difficulty biting into and chewing certain types of foods, and they may stop eating them, despite their nutritional value.

How orthodontic treatment can help

Given these health issues, how can orthodontic treatment help promote your overall health? Stated simply, it’s much easier to clean and floss straight teeth than it is crooked teeth. When your teeth are straight and evenly spaced, there are fewer nooks and crannies where debris and bacteria can hide, making it much easier to properly clean your teeth and reduce the risk of gum disease and other threats to your overall health.


While traditional braces made of metal or resin are still used in orthodontic care, one of the great advances in recent years has been the development and use of Invisalign.

With Invisalign, there are no brackets, wires, or rubber bands that come with wearing traditional braces to straighten your teeth. Invisalign treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth by using a series of clear, removable aligners.

How does Invisalign work?

With a series of aligners that are custom-made just for you, Invisalign realigns your teeth through a sequence of carefully controlled movements. Invisalign controls both the amount of movement each aligner delivers and the timing of the movement. This means that at each stage of your treatment only certain teeth move, following the Invisalign treatment for that particular stage.

Be assured, our Invisalign specialists at Rio Dental & Orthodontics will be with you every step of the way, monitoring your progress and making sure your aligners fit properly.

Does Invisalign work for adults?

Yes, Invisalign can be a great solution for both adults and young people wanting to improve their smiles. Thanks to Invisalign’s innovations and technological advancements, it’s possible to fix virtually any teeth-straightening issues – from the simplest to the most complex – without interrupting your busy schedule.

If you’re ready to get started with Invisalign clear braces in Irving, call Rio Dental & Orthodontics to schedule your initial consultation.

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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