Invisalign has many beneficial and unexpected, positive side-effects. You may have read our recent blog that describes how some Invisalign patients have lost weight during treatment. While there’s no guarantee of shedding pounds, it’s not a bad side-effect for most patients. Clear aligners can also help cut back on nail-biting. One of our patients (pictured in this blog) enjoys long beautiful fingernails for the first time in recent memory. She is satisfied with the progress of her orthodontic treatment, and the beautiful nails are just the cherry on top!
Causes and Symptoms of Nail-Biting
Nail-biting is common among children and adolescents. If you are an adult nail-biter, you likely bit your nails as a kid and simply never outgrew the habit. There is no clear genetic basis for nail-biting, although the habit tends to run in families. The habit can result from mental stress, anxiousness, nervousness, boredom, or a feeling of insecurity. Most nail biters perform the habit unconsciously.
Nail-biting isn’t considered a serious health problem, but it can appear unprofessional if done in public. Plus, no one would compliment you on your worn and ragged fingernails. There is one health-related reason to quit biting your nails. Our fingers are a hotbed of germs and viruses. Cutting back on biting your nails could lower your risk of contracting colds and other ailments.
Nail-biting can also damage your teeth. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we have great news. Our Salem patients report that Invisalign treatments have helped them kick the nail-biting habit. If you can’t remember the last time you enjoyed long, perfect fingernails, Invisalign treatments may offer you a long-awaited solution. Patients who undergo clear aligner treatments are required to wear custom trays that tightly grip their teeth. In effect, the trays hinder the wearer’s ability to bite their nails. Over time, individuals adapt to the changes and eventually lose the inclination to bite their nails.
As we noted in our blog “Can Invisalign Make You Lose Weight?” patients across the country (and in our dental practice) are noticing a surprising side effect of Invisalign treatments — weight loss! Part of the key to the loss of weight is a reduction of snacking. Many of us are guilty of grabbing chips or nuts from the break room or nibbling on snacks while we count down the minutes to lunchtime. Those extra calories add up.
Beautiful nails and weight loss are pleasant unintended consequences of undergoing Invisalign treatments. Invisalign has plenty of intended benefits that include:
- The ability to undergo orthodontics discreetly
- A treatment process that does not require wire tightenings
- No dietary restrictions
- A comfortable treatment
- Predictable cosmetic results
Schedule Your Clear Aligner Treatment Today
Who knows, maybe you’ll find a pleasant side benefit of Invisalign treatments too. Only good things can happen when you rely on the proven technology behind Invisalign treatments and the expertise of Dr. John McDonald. If Invisalign treatments aren’t right for you, we can explore options with traditional braces — which now come in tooth-colored and clear varieties. We also offer non-surgical and surgical orthodontic treatments.
To schedule your next visit, please contact call (503) 585-5400. Never visited us before? Dr. John offers free consultations to new patients.