From correcting a misaligned bite to straightening a few crooked teeth, orthodontic care is a great option for improving a person's smile. Even though traditional metal braces are most common, clear orthodontic aligners are a system that many people are choosing for their orthodontic care. Of course, you may be wondering is investing in Invisalign is right for your teenager. This guide will give you a few good reasons why the orthodontic aligner system is right for your teen.
Teenagers experience a great deal of emotional distress. They may struggle with self-esteem issues due to their grades, friends, hobbies, and social life. Unfortunately, a teen's appearance is also a key cause of self-esteem issues.
Although most teenagers will have braces, the clear orthodontic aligners are less noticeable by their peers. While not necessarily invisible, Invisalign does not stand out when a person is wearing them. Therefore, your teen may feel less self-conscious when using this less visible orthodontic treatment.
Unlike traditional metal braces that are secured to the teeth, Invisalign aligners are removable. This can be beneficial for a few reasons.
If your teen plays a sport, especially a contact sport, there is a risk of injury if they are hit in the mouth while wearing traditional metal braces. Teens who wear the clear aligners can remove them before playing their games/sports.
Also, your teen will be able to remove the aligners before playing a musical instrument. Since metal braces can affect the way they move their mouth/lips/tongue, removing the aligners will help them play better.
Finally, teens can remove their aligners before eating and to brush and floss their teeth properly. This ensures they can continue practicing good oral hygiene even while under orthodontic care.
Efficient and Effective
While mostly effective, traditional metal braces are not perfect. Your teen may experience some issues while wearing this traditional orthodontic option.
Wires may loosen and come completely unattached at times. Your teen may also develop gum irritation and mouth sores because of the wires and metal. Repairs to the metal braces will be necessary so the orthodontic treatment works.
With the Invisalign system, your teen will not experience any discomfort or have a need to have wires/braces tightened periodically. With less issues and discomfort, the aligners will have efficient and effective results, especially when compared to regular braces.
Invisalign is an expense. However, it can be a worthwhile investment for your teen's health, wellness, and self-esteem. For more information about Invisalign, speak with your dentist.