Invisalign for Teens
At Egger Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on giving you the best expertise and options when it comes to you and your child’s dental health. When it comes to proper tooth alignment, many of our teenage patients have a difficult choice ahead of them: do they go with traditional braces or Invisalign? The popularity of Invisalign for teenagers has grown over time, and you may find it to be the most attractive choice for your teenager as well.
What Is Invisalign?
Traditional braces use fixed wires and brackets to gradually guide your teeth into their proper positions. The key difference with Invisalign is that, unlike traditional braces, you can remove Invisalign braces anytime you need to. Our orthodontists take X-rays and make molds of your mouth to create a set of clear plastic forms that help to straighten your teeth as time passes. You are given multiple months worth of new aligners that you replace every two weeks at home. The aligner trays can be taken out so that you can brush and floss in the way that you are used to, giving you a flexibility that traditional braces do not have.
The Pros of Invisalign
Because Invisalign does not involve brackets or wires, there are no accidental cuts, protruding wires, or irritation to the mouth. It is easy for our patients to forget that they are even wearing the aligners until it is time to take them out for brushing or eating. Invisalign aligners are made from smooth and translucent plastic, so an additional benefit is that most people will not notice that your child is wearing them. Given that many teenagers can feel self-conscious about their appearance while wearing traditional braces, Invisalign can offer a more discreet alternative that can keep them smiling proud.
The removable nature of Invisalign braces can offer many advantages over their fixed traditional competitor. While traditional braces require you to steer clear of chewy, sticky, or hard foods, Invisalign has no such food restrictions because you can take out the aligners whenever you want to eat. Traditional braces also require more intensive and careful attention when it comes to brushing and flossing that removable Invisalign users simply do not have to deal with. Invisalign does not get in the way of the habits you developed before their usage, and many teenage patients value this highly.
The Cons of Invisalign
However, Invisalign does require some degree of maintenance for it to align your teeth properly over time. Though your child does not have to worry about what they eat or how they floss while they use the aligners, we advise that you brush your teeth every time before you put the Invisalign back into your mouth. Their removable nature can also make compliance more difficult. For best results, patients should wear their aligners for about 22 hours of every day and take them out infrequently. Because the aligners can be taken out, it is also possible to lose them. These are considerations worth preparing for before you or your child take on the Invisalign treatment.
If you are interested and believe that Invisalign could be the right choice for you or your child, call us today at 425.270.1616.
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