Invisalign for Teens
There are a lot of things kids worry about as they move through their teenage years. Their hormones are changing their bodies and they are worried about fitting in with their peers. The thought of having braces is terrifying to them. Many have high anxiety over having to wear them fearing their friends will make fun of them and call them names. While we cannot stave off all the anxieties and fears of getting braces, we can help with some of them.
If it is time for you to consider orthodontic treatment for your child, we are here to answer your questions at Smile Family Dentistry. Why not come see us today to find out what having their teeth aligned will really involve.
Invisalign - An Alternative to Metal Braces
Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to traditional ceramic braces, with metal wires and brackets. Invisalign are a set of clear aligner trays that patients wear to align their teeth. They are clear, and thus nearly invisible. They are therefore much less noticeable than metal braces, which patients, especially teens, greatly appreciate.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Your teenager will come into the dental office and have x-rays taken of their teeth. From this, our dentist will send the molds to our lab which will create aligner trays that will straighten your teenager’s teeth. Aligner trays are worn for two weeks at a time, and changed out to the next aligner tray after that time. Invisalign works to gradually shift the teeth into place.
Invisalign can do most of the same work metal braces can - aligning misaligned teeth, correcting tooth gaps, treating overbites, underbites, and crossbites. If your teen has severely misaligned teeth, they may benefit from ceramic braces, but we can determine that ahead of treatment and decide with you which choice is best for your child.
No More Crazy Myths
There are a lot of myths regarding braces that seem to elevate the level of anxiety in regard to having them. That is not the case with Invisalign. Because Invisalign is made of clear plastic, approved by the FDA, there is no fear associated with them. In the past, teens were afraid their metal braces were going to rust or set off metal detectors.
Invisalign are clear and are removable. This makes eating and brushing your teeth easy.
While Invisalign is one of the most effective and popular ways available to straighten misaligned teeth, your teen will still need to engage in aftercare after their alignment treatment has been completed. If they fail to engage in aftercare by wearing their retainer as recommended, their teeth will begin to shift right back to where they were.
Find Out More About Invisalign
Many teens need orthodontic correction, and it is a very common procedure. There is an estimated 80% of all teenagers who will need braces or aligners before reaching adulthood so you are not going to be the only ones dealing with tooth correction.
If you think your child might need orthodontic treatment and if you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, why not come into our office and talk it over with our staff. Contact us today at Smile Family Dentistry. We are always available to answer your questions and provide you with any information you need. Call us today at 925-825-1130 to schedule an appointment.