Being a teenager is already hard. You are dealing with problems that previous generations never experienced.
Social media is a new world to navigate in addition to the other pressures you face with school, your peers, and maybe a job.
So, knowing that you will need orthodontic treatment is just one more thing to add to your list of worries.
If you live in or near Marietta, GA, the dentists at Atlanta West Dentistry want to help. You may qualify to use Invisalign for your orthodontic care, and that can make your treatment easier — and faster — to complete.
A Rite Of Passage
Some people consider metal braces almost like a rite of passage.
You probably understand that people get braces to straighten their teeth, but do you understand why that is a good thing?
Sure, it makes your smile look better, but that’s not the only reason dentists like their patients to have straight teeth.
Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, and that makes it easier for your to maintain your oral health.
If you have crooked or crowded teeth, you may be more likely to suffer from tooth decay. When you brush and floss, there still may be places that you can’t reach well if at all. Those are the places where bacteria and plaque can build to cause cavities and gum disease.
Having straight and healthy teeth is a great reason to undergo orthodontic care, but does that mean braces are your only option.
Invisalign was created as an alternative to metal braces.
Instead of brackets, wires, and tiny rubber bands, people who use Invisalign wear a series of clear aligners that are made of plastic. Each aligner pushes your teeth a little more until your teeth are finally in a perfectly straight position.
Every two weeks or so you will change your aligners.
If you play sports or you are are in the band, you may find that Invisalign makes it easier to continue participating in those activities.
Comparing Your Options
Invisalign will work on a lot of alignment problems, just like traditional braces. You may be eligible for Invisalign if you have any of the following alignment issues:
- Open bite
- Gaps in your teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
Any orthodontic treatment is going to start with an evaluation, and we’ll let you know if we believe Invisalign can correct your issues. If it won’t work, we’ll let you know that, too.
Assuming you qualify for Invisalign, here are things you may want to consider if you are trying to decide between it and traditional braces.
► How Comfortable Is It?
Braces are made of multiple parts and pieces. The brackets are attached to your teeth. The wires are attached to the brackets, and you also may have to use ligatures (tiny rubber bands) to help your braces work.
If you have any friends with braces, just ask them how it feels when they put the ligatures in place, especially when they are trying to fall asleep.
Your friends also can tell what it’s like if one of the wires breaks, too. (It’s not fun.)
With Invisalign, you wear smooth plastic aligners over your teeth. The edges are smooth, and it’s all one piece, so you don’t have to worry about wires or brackets coming loose.
► How Convenient Is It?
When you have braces, you have to make some changes in your life. You may have to change your diet so you don’t eat anything that could cause your braces to break or come loose.
You have to be extremely diligent about your oral care to remove any food particles that could become stuck between your braces and your teeth. You will learn to use a variety of tools to accomplish this job.
With Invisalign, the aligners can be removed for up to two hours per day. That’s more than enough time to take them out to eat meals and to brush and floss your teeth like you normally do.
► How Long Do You Want Your Treatment To Last?
On average, people who get braces need to wear them for about two years. This is because of the way braces move your teeth.
People who use Invisalign usually complete their treatment in about one year. You could be done 12 months sooner, and you’ll only have to wear the aligners for about half the time that you would have worn braces.
Talk To Your Parents
If you would be interested in learning more about Invisalign, share your feelings with your parents. Then get in touch with our dentists in Marietta, GA. Our team at Atlanta West Dentistry will be happy to answer any questions you or your parents may have about Invisalign.