Your teenager needs braces. At least, that’s what you both think.
But remember that braces aren’t your only option for orthodontic care. Your son or daughter may be able to get similar results with Invisalign®.
Braces are an effective way to straighten teeth, but they aren’t perfect. With Invisalign, your teen could get similar with fewer hassles.
If you are interested in learning more about this modern orthodontic option, why not get that information from an Invisalign preferred provider, like Atlanta West Dentistry’s Dr. Cameron Watson.
We will be happy to answer any questions you have and examine your son or daughter’s teeth during a consultation at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.
The Problems With Braces
Like we said above, braces will move your teeth. That’s why dentists and orthodontists have been using them for decades. It’s also why they will continue to be used for decades.
If you had braces, then you have some idea what your son or daughter will be going through.
When the brackets are bonded to his or her teeth and the archwire is run through them, they will feel the pain of having those braces. It may take some time to get used to having them. That’s normal.
The thing is those pains can come back each time the braces are adjusted. That’s just part of having them.
For some teens, braces can feel scratchy. The brackets may feel rough against the inside of their mouths which can add to the discomfort of wearing them. (And that’s not worrying about injuries if the brackets come loose or the wires break.)
The part your teen may like least, however, is that he or she will probably need to give up some of his or her favorite foods until the treatment is over.
Simplify Your Orthodontic Care
Now, let’s compare that experience to someone using Invisalign.
After making impressions of your teen’s mouth, Invisalign with use that to create a series of aligners just for his or her teeth that will move his or her teeth a little at a time. There’s no tightening or adjustments needed. All your teeth will have to do is remove one aligner and replace it with the next one every few weeks.
Unlike braces that can’t be removed, your teen can remove the plastic aligners to eat and to brush and floss his or her teeth.
He or she will need to wear the aligners for 22 hours per day for the best results, but your teen will be able to continue eating the foods that he or she wants to eat throughout the treatment process.
Each aligner is made of smooth, clear plastic. In other words, your son or daughter won’t have to deal with scratchy brackets or loose wires.
And since the aligners are clear, they are nearly invisible when placed over a patient’s teeth. That alone could help your teen feel more comfortable wearing the aligners to school, to the mall, or to a movie with his or her friends.
We almost forgot. Patients who are good candidates complete their treatment in 12 months on average with Invisalign compared to two years or more with a typical treatment with braces.
Get Help From A Preferred Provider
Earlier, we mentioned that our Dr. Cameron Watson is a preferred provider for Invisalign.
But what does that mean to you? Why should you or your teenager care?
You know a couple things. First, you know that she has been trained by Invisalign on how to use their product to achieve the best results for your son or daughter.
Second, you know that she has already had success with Invisalign. Dr. Watson is well-trained in all aspects of general dentistry, but she considers Invisalign to be one of her specialties (along with restorative dentistry, pediatrics, and Botox).
Invisalign is a great option for any patients who have mild or moderate alignment issue. It does matter if that patient is a teen or an adult who wants to improve his or her smile.
How To Find Out If Invisalign Will Work For You
We recommend starting with a consultation with one of our dentists in Marietta, GA.
We want your son or daughter to have the kind of smile that he or she will be happy to share with the world. We can let you know if Invisalign will work, or we can recommend an alternative if it won’t.
We know you want results, and we’ve seen for ourselves just how effective Invisalign can be.