Did you have to wear metal braces in high school because there was no other available option? If so, you likely understand why your self-conscious teen is dreading the idea of undergoing orthodontic treatment. In their mind, all they can see is a mouth full of metal brackets and wires but fortunately, there is an alternative solution that makes straightening teeth and realigning bites more enjoyable and less noticeable – Invisalign! Hear from a teen dentist who can explain what you should look for as a parent to determine if these clear aligners are a possible solution for your teenager.
CONSIDERING INVISALIGN: WHAT TO LOOK FOR AS A PARENT
Knowing which method of orthodontic treatment is right for your child isn’t always easy. Even if your teen’s dentist believes they could benefit from either traditional braces or clear aligners, you will need to spend some time evaluating your child’s needs, lifestyle, and habits to make a well-informed decision.
As a parent, some of the things you should look for and consider include:
- Is My Teen Responsible? Invisalign requires greater responsibility on the part of your teen. If you find they are always forgetting things or have difficulty sticking to “set schedules,” Invisalign might not be the right option. These clear trays require regular cleaning, must be removed when eating or drinking (anything but water), and are to be worn 20-22 hours each day, so it’s important that your teen be willing to step up to the challenge and be responsible when choosing Invisalign.
- How Active is My Teen? When playing sports, the last thing you want is to rush your child off to the emergency dentist or local ER because of busted brackets and wires. Fortunately, Invisalign makes it easier than ever for your teen to play their favorite sport and avoid the pitfalls that come with wearing traditional braces and the possibility of multiple soft tissue lacerations.
- Does My Teen Struggle with Self-Esteem? If you find that your teenager struggles with their self-esteem, the last thing you want to do is force them to wear metal braces. If it is the only way to fix their particular problem, it’s one thing. However, if Invisalign can easily offer the adjustments they need to improve their smile’s aesthetic and oral health, why not let them opt for the more subtle treatment that doesn’t shine a spotlight on their teeth?
IS INVISALIGN A VIABLE OPTION?
Yes! Invisalign is a great solution for teens who are self-conscious, active in sports and want a flexible option that produces quick results.
With the help and guidance of an expert orthodontist, your teen can embrace a more discreet way of treating their common dental problems. They will also see results much quicker than with traditional braces. As long as they stick to the system and avoid anything that could delay their treatment (i.e. lost or damaged aligners, forgetting to wear their trays), they will enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile in about 18 months!
Help your child to feel their best even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Make the choice to talk to a teen dentist about the possibility of Invisalign for your child.
About the Author
Dr. Dennis Bear is a board-certified pediatric dentist based in McKinney, TX, and a father of two. As an expert in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, he is pleased to offer beneficial treatments for individuals who show signs of overcrowding, gapped or crooked teeth, or improper bite alignments. Understanding that teenagers have enough to deal with when surrounded by peers at school, he can provide Invisalign as a viable option for self-conscious teens. If you believe your child could benefit from this type of orthodontic treatment and want to learn more, visit our website or call (469) 598-2327.