Being a teenager was tough when you were growing up. It may be even tougher now with social media and the different pressures on kids today. At least your teen may have an easier way to finish his or her orthodontic care.
Invisalign® is an alternative to braces for many teens who have alignment issues with their teeth. Invisalign is more convenient than braces, and it may be able to help your teen have straight teeth in less time than braces.
To find out if this is a good option for your son or daughter, contact Galleria of Smiles. You can reach our dentist office in Sand Springs, OK, by calling 918-245-5976 or by filling out our online form.
We will be happy to examine your teen’s teeth and let you know if he or she is a good candidate to use Invisalign.
‘Invisible’ Orthodontic Care?
If you had braces when you were a teen, there is a good chance your children will need orthodontic care, too.
You probably remember wearing braces (how could you forget), and you may have received some gentle teasing about the metal in your mouth.
What if you could go back and have a different kind of orthodontic treatment. This treatment does not require brackets or wires. It fits over your teeth, and it is transparent. Most of the time, most people won’t notice you are wearing anything at all.
Would that have made your orthodontic care a little easier? Well, that’s essentially what Invisalign may be able to do for your son or daughter.
If your teen is eligible for Invisalign, he or she will receive a custom-designed series of plastic aligners. These aligners are like small, transparent mouthguards.
They work by pushing your teen’s teeth gently in the direction they need to go. When used correctly, your teen will replace his or her aligner with a new one every couple weeks.
And unlike braces, your teen can take out those aligners for a couple hours each day. This leads us to one of the big advantages Invisalign has over traditional braces: convenience.
We will discuss that next. For now, just remember that your can call Galleria of Smiles at 918-205-7522 if you would like to arrange a consultation for your teen.
The Convenience Of Invisalign
Setting aside the benefit of having a discreet way of making teeth straighter, let’s consider the other benefits that come with using aligners.
If you can remove your aligners, that makes it easy to do some important everyday activities. Let’s start with one that we know most teenagers enjoy — eating.
While braces are effective at moving teeth, they also come with conditions. Some of those conditions include a list of food that you should not eat.
People who have braces should avoid foods that are chewy, crunchy, or hard. This may mean giving up things like candy, pretzels, popcorn, and nuts. The risk is that these could get caught or push against the brackets and wires. If they bend or break this could lead to other problems along with the cost of fixing them.
With Invisalign, your teen won’t have that worry. He or she can remove the aligner before meals or snacks and eat anything that he or she would like. (Whether they are eating as healthy as you would like them to eat is another matter.)
Eating leads into another reason removable aligners are more convenient than braces.
With Invisalign, your son or daughter can leave the aligners out to brush and floss their teeth after they finish eating. This means they don’t have to change their routine to keep their teeth clean.
With braces, your teeth will need to be more cautious about how they brush. They may need special tools to clean between their teeth and to keep food particles from getting stuck between their teeth and the braces.
Invisalign could make your teen’s orthodontic care a little easier than yours was. Plan a visit to Galleria of Smiles if you think your teen might be interested in this treatment option.
Being Committed To Using Invisalign
This is a concern many parents have. Your teen loses things all the time and doesn’t clean up after him- or herself as well as you would like. Can you trust them to use Invisalign?
To be honest, the creator of Invisalign had that same concern initially. That’s why Invisalign was originally marketed for adults only. Over time, people realized that Invisalign could work for teens, too.
But could teens be trusted to use it?
As it turns out, teenagers have proven to be more reliable than adults when it comes to wearing their aligners as they should.
Is Invisalign Right For Your Teenager?
To find out, schedule a consultation at our dentist office in Sand Springs, OK. Call 918-205-7522 or contact us online today!