Should Your Teen Try Invisalign?
You had braces growing up. Maybe your spouse did, too.
And now, your daughter or son is right about that age when it’s time to start talking about orthodontic care.
You may be happy with your smile now, but you also remember how bad wearing braces could be. You may be wondering if there is another option for your child.
If you live in or near Millburn, NJ, our dentist office offers Invisalign®.
Today, we will answer some common questions about Invisalign, including what it is and why your teen might prefer it to braces.
To find out if this is a good option for your teen, schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Krosser at Millburn Dental Arts. You can contact us online or call (973) 957-1604 to request your appointment.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a part of our cosmetic dentistry. Like braces, it is an orthodontic treatment designed to straighten your teeth.
Unlike braces, Invisalign uses plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires. These aligners are custom-made for each patient.
Each aligner is worn for a few weeks at a time. And each time you change aligners, you will know that your teen’s teeth are a little closer to being straight.
What Problems Can Invisalign Fix?
Invisalign can fix a wide range of alignment and bite issues. This includes:
▸ Overbites and underbites
▸ Open bites
▸ Crowded teeth
▸ Crooked teeth
▸ Gaps between teeth
What Are The Advantages Of Using Invisalign Instead Of Braces?
We can’t list everything here, but we will focus on the three Cs — comfort, convenience, and clarity.
What do you remember about wearing braces? Do you remember the brackets scratching the inside of your mouth? Do you remember the pain when you first got them … and that returned each time your braces were adjusted?
We hope for your sake that you never had an accident or injury that caused a wire to break or a bracket to come loose. (Those of you who did experience this know that this was a different kind of pain from your braces.)
Each Invisalign aligner is a single piece of smooth plastic. There are no small parts to break or come loose. There are no scratchy edges, either.
Braces present some problems of their own. We know they are only temporary, but they are still issues that you have to deal with for as long as you have your braces.
First and foremost, you can’t remove your braces. They are stuck to your teeth until your treatment is over, which could be two years or more.
Second, since you can’t remove your braces, you are supposed to avoid certain foods. This may include nuts, chips, hard candy, sticky sweets … pretty much anything that could cause the brackets to come loose or the wires to bend.
And cleaning your teeth become a more involved process since you need to make sure no food is caught between your brackets and wires, too.
Let’s see how that compares with Invisalign.
First, you can remove your aligners for a few hours each day. This can give you a break, but it also means you can continue eating the foods that you want to eat.
And in many cases, Invisalign treatment takes less time than braces. Your actual treatment time will vary depending on what needs to be corrected.
Removing your aligners also makes brushing and flossing easier since you can keep doing what you do now. The only added step is cleaning your aligners, too.
If you remember your time wearing braces, then you probably got teased about wearing them, too. In some cases, you knew it was good-natured. In other cases, you found out that kids can be cruel.
Either way, it probably bothered you to some degree.
Now imagine having an orthodontic treatment that was practically invisible while you were wearing it. That’s pretty close to what Invisalign aligners are like when they are on a patient’s teeth.
Because the aligners are clear, they may seem to disappear when your teen puts them on. This can make him or her feel more comfortable wearing them to school, to an after-school job, or to a social event with his or her friends.
Which Would You Prefer?
If you could go back and do your orthodontic treatment over again, would you get braces, or would you want to try Invisalign?