For some children, getting braces is a rite of passage and they don’t really worry too much about whether they are visible. For others having highly visible braces can seem like a step too far, particularly for teenagers who may be very self-conscious about their appearance and who can’t stand the thought of wearing visible “train tracks” for months or years.
If you do have a teenager who you know could do with child orthodontic treatment then you may be dreading the discussion with them but there could be another solution, as these days invisible braces called Invisalign Teen can be suitable for some teenagers.
Is Invisalign Teen Right for My Child in Brooklyn, NY?
One such solution is called Invisalign Teen. Similar to the adult version of Invisalign, this particular system has been specially developed for teenagers. It still uses the same custom-made, clear plastic aligners that are such an attractive alternative to more traditional metal braces.
By using Invisalign Teen, your teenager can still retain their self-confidence and will find it easy to maintain a busy lifestyle while wearing braces.
How Does Invisalign Work
There are several features in Invisalign Teen which make it quite different from the adult version of Invisalign. These include where indicators that gradually fade from blue as the aligner is worn, showing when it is ready to be changed to a new set.
There are special eruption tabs which can accommodate the growth of second molars and a number of other clinical features especially designed to accommodate teens. Invisalign can be a particularly attractive system for teenagers due to its ease of use.
With Invisalign the aligners are taken out for brushing and flossing and during mealtimes so it is easy to maintain great dental health at all times (Read more: Daily Flossing). However it is important that your teenager remembers to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day as compliance is absolutely vital.
If you think they are likely to forget then they may have to settle for fixed braces to save you wasting your money and your time.
Why Should Your Child Get Braces or Invisalign
A checkup with Dr. Max here at the Eco Dental will be sufficient to find out if your teen might be suitable for this system and if it is worth seeing an orthodontist at the practice.
Invisalign Teen is great for correcting overcrowded teeth or for closing up spaces in between teeth, as well as for correcting problems with overbites, underbites and crossbites.
You can rest assured that our orthodontist in Brooklyn will not recommend this system unless they think it will work well for your teenager. The great thing is that there is a huge choice of braces that can be used to straighten teeth and it’s likely that we can come up with a workable solution for you both.
Often fixed braces can include clear ceramic brackets that are connected to very thin wires, creating a brace that is still virtually invisible but which can move the teeth extremely precisely.
There is always something that can be done and the results of orthodontic treatment can be well worth the effort and expense as it is an investment in your child’s oral health. Straighter teeth will be much easier for them to keep clean and free from periodontal disease and of course they will have a beautiful smile.