It’s time you had a talk with your son or daughter. He or she is at the right age. It may be uncomfortable to bring up, but your child is getting older and deserves to know.
He or she is going to need braces … maybe.
Before you commit your child to two years or more of brackets and wires, visit Hillcrest Family Dentistry in Medford, OR, for a consultation. Our dentist can examine your teenager’s teeth and let you know if he or she is a good candidate for Invisalign®.
This is an alternative to braces, and it doesn’t require any brackets or wires to move his or her teeth.
Why You Should Consider Invisalign?
If your son or daughter needs orthodontics, there is a good chance that you, your spouse, or both of you did, too. The shape and position teeth are one of the many things that can be passed along from generation to generation.
If you wore braces, then you know the frustrations that come with it. The soreness when you first get them and in the days after each adjustment.
You know what it was like to avoid certain foods and the need to stay vigilant to keep things from getting caught between your teeth and your braces.
Hopefully, you didn’t have to experience an accident that caused a bracket to come loose or a wire to break. Getting poked in the lips, cheeks, or gums with a metal wire is never fun.
Invisalign is an excellent option for anyone with mild or moderate alignment issues. Invisalign has be proven to fix bite problems such as overbites and underbites. It can straighten crooked and crowded teeth, and it can close gaps between teeth.
With Invisalign, a custom-made set of aligners will be created using computer design. By wearing the aligners for 22 hours per day and changing them as needed (usually every few weeks), your teen could complete his treatment somewhere between six and 18 months.
That in an of itself is an advantage over braces, which typically take around two years.
Other Benefits of Invisalign
If time was the only consideration, that might be enough to go with Invisalign over braces.
But it’s not the only benefit of this kind of orthodontic treatment.
Each aligner is made from a clear plastic. When the aligners are placed over your teen’s teeth, most people won’t realize they are there. This makes them far more discreet than braces.
We already mentioned that he or she should wear the aligners for 22 hours each day. What can he or she do during those other two hours?
First, your teen can eat whatever foods he or she likes (although we still recommend keeping the sweets to a minimum). Second, your child can brush or floss his teeth like he or she does now.
Brushing your teeth may not sound like a benefit now, but think back on your time with braces. You had to learn new ways of brushing, and you may have need special tools to make sure food didn’t get stuck in your braces.
Last, but not least, each aligner is made of a single piece of smooth plastic. Your teen won’t have any sharp edges or pointy wire that could potentially scratch the inside of his or her mouth.
We understand that you may have concerns. You have trouble getting your teen to clean up his room or put her dirty clothes in a hamper. How responsible with he or she be with Invisalign if it can be removed at any time?
That’s understandable, and you know better than we do how much you can trust your teen.
That said, we have a bit of information that you may want to know. When Invisalign started, they only recommended it as a treatment for adults. With time, they started using it for teenagers as well.
Based on their own research, they have learned that teenagers are actually more likely than adults to wear their aligners as directed.
In all honesty, we think Invisalign may have been surprised by those results as well (at least at first). Now, they know their treatment is effective on a range of alignment issues, and that teenagers can usually be trusted to wear them as needed.
Ready To Learn More?
Our dentist in Medford, OR, would be glad to examine your teen’s teeth (or yours) if you are interested in this remarkable orthodontic option.
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