Invisalign For Teens
At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, you and your child’s dental health are of paramount importance to us. When you come to us to help you deal with tooth alignment problems, our younger patients have a distinct choice ahead of them: do they want to use traditional braces or Invisalign? The popularity of Invisalign continues to grow, especially with teenagers, and you might find it to be the best choice for your teenager as well.
Invisalign And What It Can Do For You
When orthodontists set you up with fixed brackets and wires to slowly shift your teeth into their proper positions, these are known as traditional braces. What makes Invisalign unique is that, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign braces can be removed whenever you need to. Our dentists use X-rays to make molds of your mouth that permit us to help straighten your teeth with a set of clear plastic forms. We give you many copies of these new aligners so that, every two weeks, you can replace them freely at home. These aligner trays give you a flexibility that traditional braces lack, as you can take these out to floss and brush in the way you are used to.
Reasons To Use Invisalign
The absence of brackets or wires means that there is no chance that Invisalign can accidentally cut you with protruding metal or irritate your mouth. Many of our patients report that they can forget they are even wearing Invisalign until they need to remove the aligners for eating or brushing. The use of smooth and translucent plastic also offers aesthetic benefits, as others will usually not notice your child is wearing Invisalign. Because many teenagers can feel self-conscious about the use of traditional braces, Invisalign permits them to solve tooth alignment problems much more discreetly.
Because Invisalign can be removed, they offer multiple advantages over their fixed and traditional competitors. Invisalign has no food restrictions because it can be removed from your mouth whenever you want to eat. By contrast, traditional braces require you to avoid consuming hard, sticky, or chewy foods. When it comes to brushing and flossing, navigating around the brackets and wires of traditional braces can also be time consuming. Invisalign users do not have to bother with this and lets your teenagers retain the habits that they had beforehand.
Maintaining Your Aligners
It is important to note, though, that Invisalign does require a degree of maintenance for it to properly align your teeth to where they need to be. Though your child will not have to think about special ways to floss or any dietary restrictions as they use Invisalign, we do advise that you brush your teeth every time before placing the aligners back into your mouth. That Invisalign can be removed can also make consistent use more difficult. Ideally, you should keep the aligners in your mouth for at least 22 hours each day and take them out as little as possible. Because you can remove Invisalign, it also means that your child may lose them, which can be an additional expense. It is worth preparing for these considerations before your child chooses to use Invisalign.
If you believe that Invisalign could be the right choice for your child, call us today at (562) 287-8016.