You can’t really put it off any longer. It’s time to have the talk with your teen.
Soon, it will be time for him or her to start orthodontic treatment. You wore braces when you were younger, so it’s not really a surprise that your daughter or son could benefit from wearing them, too.
You know that having straight teeth will improve the appearance of their smile (which could be good for her or his self-confidence), but straight teeth also can be good for oral health.
Before you commit to getting braces, however, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists in Rochester, MN. Find out if Invisalign® might be a better option for your son or daughter.
This advanced treatment does away with brackets and wires for a discreet yet effective approach to straightening teeth.
If you wore braces when you were younger, then we don’t have to explain the downsides to wearing them. Even so, we’ll be referring to them to show how Invisalign compares to braces.
INVISALIGN ALLOWS YOU TO EAT WHAT YOU WANT
If you had braces, then you were probably given a list of foods that you were not supposed to eat.
Hard and crunchy foods like peanuts, pretzels, and popcorn (beware the unpopped kernel) could cause a bracket to break loose or a wire to bend.
Chewy and sticky foods like gummy bears, caramels, and even gum can get stuck or pull on your wires and brackets.
Invisalign aligners can be removed during meals, so your teens won’t have to give up eating any of their favorite foods during their treatment.
INVISALIGN IS MORE COMFORTABLE
Getting brackets and wires attached to your teeth isn’t what anyone would call comfortable. To keep your teeth moving with braces, you need to have them tightened regularly as well, and those pains can return each time.
Your teen will probably feel some pressure when he or she puts on an aligner for the first time, but studies have shown that Invisalign users generally rate this transition as less painful than people who have braces adjusted.
Another factor is the feel of the brackets and wires compared to a smooth plastic aligner. Many people with braces find the brackets feel scratchy against the soft tissues inside their mouths. By comparison, Invisalign aligners are smooth, so there aren’t any edges to create that scratchy sensation during everyday use.
INVISALIGN IS CLEAR
While is pretty common to see teens wearing braces, some people feel more self-conscious about having metal or even ceramic brackets bonded to their teeth.
If you think that could be a concern, Invisalign could be the solution. The aligners are made of a transparent plastic. Since the aligners are created using computer-aided design, each aligner will be custom-made for your teens’ teeth at each stage of his or her treatment.
As a result, the aligners blend in with your teens’ smile. This may help your teen feel more relaxed about wearing them in social situations.
Can Invisalign Help Your Teen?
To be certain, you should set up a consultation at Northwest Dental Care. This will give one of our dentists an opportunity to examine your daughter or son’s teeth to let you know if your teen is a good candidate for Invisalign.
With that in mind, Invisalign has been used to fix all of these issues:
▸ Open bites
▸ Crowded teeth
▸ Gaps between teeth
▸ Crooked teeth