In order to achieve a straight smile, your teen will have to endure temporary discomfort and likely a burst to their ego. You, as their parent will sacrifice a few thousand dollars over the course of their orthodontic treatment to achieve the perfect smile.
What if there was another alternative way to achieve a straight smile for your teen?
Invisalign is quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. They achieve quicker results, you can eat what you want, are more comfortable to wear, are easier to clean and take care of, are comparable to the cost of metal braces, require less visits to the orthodontist and they are transparent, making them look invisible to onlookers. The best news for your teen is that he or she can get their teeth straightened without anyone else noticing.
Before you and your teen jump on the Invisalign bandwagon, there are some questions to consider whether they are the best option for your teen’s orthodontic needs.
- How severe is the orthodontic issue(s)?
Invisalign can treat a variety of orthodontic issues including overbites, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, crossbites and underbites.
The caveat is that Invisalign is most effective in treating mild to moderate cases of the above mentioned orthodontic issues. If your teen requires more extensive orthodontic work to be done to properly correct their dental issue, braces may be the better treatment option.
- What is the age of the teen?
Invisalign works best when the patient’s permanent, adult teeth have all grown in, making it a poor option for young teens. When a teen still has permanent teeth coming in, the effectiveness of Invisalign diminishes. Younger teenagers still have baby teeth that are falling out and permanent teeth growing in. The losing and re-growing of teeth, as well as the shifting of teeth when permanent ones come in make it difficult for the Invisalign trays to fit correctly and properly adjust the teeth.
- How committed is the teen to fixing their smile?
Invisalign is a better option for older teens because they will likely be more mature and responsible in taking proper care of their teeth during the Invisalign treatment, maximizing its effectiveness.
Unlike braces, Invisalign consists of two clear custom trays that must be removed when eating and brushing. Your teen will have to be responsible to remove them properly and promptly take them out and put them back in, and clean the trays as needed.
Braces, on the other hand, are not removeable and stay in the mouth for the duration of the treatment. While this makes braces and teeth harder to clean, the treatment is better for teens who are likely to be forgetful, busy or less responsible.
Invisalign is a great alternative for orthodontic teen and adult patients who are disciplined and have mild to moderate orthodontic needs.
This comfortable, more aesthetically pleasing orthodontic option makes for an easier, more pleasant experience for your teen.
If you or your teen is a good candidate for Invisalign, contact Out of This World Dentistry today to schedule an appointment and we’ll get you started on the road to a straight, beautiful smile.