You have a good idea what your teenager is going through. You are pretty sure you felt the same way when you were getting ready to get braces.
You worried that it would hurt. (It turns out you were right about that.)
You worried that it would make you talk funny, which it did at first, but you got used to it.
You worried that people might make fun of you. A few of your friends teased you, but there were a few other kids who were mean about it.
You have heard of Invisalign, but you aren’t completely sure that you understand what it is, how it works, or if it could work for your teen.
That’s OK. You probably have bigger issues to deal with than learning about the different kinds of orthodontic options available to your child.
However, there is a simple way you can find out more about Invisalign. You can schedule a consultation with one of the dentists at Atlanta West Dentistry if you live in or near Marietta, GA.
What Is Invisalign?
It’s a relatively new, yet increasingly popular way for teenagers and adults to straighten their teeth.
Invisalign has been around since 1999, and it has quickly grown in popularity among dentists and patients alike.
Humans have known for thousands of years that teeth can be moved and realigned. There are writings from the ancient Romans that recommend using your fingers to push your teeth. We don’t know how long that would actually take to work, but we have much more effective systems for doing that today.
Braces have been the standard for straightening teeth for decades. The system of brackets and wires push and pull can push and pull teeth where the patient want them to go. That much is certainly true, as long as the patient is willing to wear them for a couple years and avoid certain foods during your treatment.
Invisalign works in a different. After making a digital scan of your son or daughter’s mouth, computers assist in designing a series of plastic aligners for him or her to wear. This treatment takes about a year on average.
The best part is your teen won’t have to wear the aligners all the time. He or she can remove them for up to two hours each day, which means your teen can still eat the foods that he or she loves.
Life With Invisalign
The name Invisalign is intended to call to mind another word — invisible.
The aligners are made of clear plastic. This might not make them completely invisible, but your teen might be surprised at how few people realize he or she is wearing something over his or her teeth.
The aligners are designed to be worn for a few weeks at a time. Each aligner pushes your teen’s teeth a little closer to being straight.
Since the aligners can be removed, you may be wondering if your teen can be trusted to wear them like he or she should. You know your son or daughter better than anyone, but in general, orthodontists and dentist who use Invisalign report that teens are actually more likely than adults to wear their aligners like they should.
Invisalign also has some practical benefits.
If your teen is an athlete who plays a sport that requires a mouthguard, the aligner can be removed and replaced with a mouthguard during practices and games.
If your teen is in the marching band, Invisalign should not interfere with their ability to play their instrument. After your son or daughter gets used to the aligners, it shouldn’t affect their playing at all.
If you talk to our dentists about Invisalign, they will examine your teen’s teeth to determine if he or she is a good candidate. Many patients are, but Invisalign may not be recommended in severe situations.
If Invisalign is a good option for your son or daughter, we can use the Invisalign Outcome Simulator to demonstrate what his or her smile could look like at the end of the treatment.
This can give you both a good idea what is possible with Invisalign, and this can provide motivation for your teen to follow the treatment guidelines as directed.
Do You Want To Learn More?
You know what it was like to wear braces, so you know better than your teen why a more comfortable and convenient option might be preferable.