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Is Invisalign Right For My Teen?

January 8th, 2020

How many of us had to suffer those awkward teenage years with the added stress of braces? For several, the answer is an unfortunate yes. Braces are an amazing tool and treatment for crooked and misaligned teeth, and it's a benefit to our oral health is indisputable. However, it’s also quite the responsibility and long-lasting commitment to make, especially for a teenager.

Braces are typically put into the mouths of those who need them between the ages of 11 - 13 to start, and then can stay on for more than a year in most cases. Some patients will spend multiple years with their wire tracks, which comes with several orthodontist appointments, meticulous brushing and cleaning, and dozens of family photos sporting a mouth of metal.

Looking For An Alternative To Braces For Your Teen?

Many families find a way to make traditional braces work, and this is still considered the most common course of treatment for crooked and misaligned teeth. It’s important to know that this is not your only option, though! Many parents have chosen an alternative course of action, and we’re proud to offer Invisalign Teen.

What Is Invisalign Teen?

These aligners work very similarly to Invisalign, an orthodontic solution rapidly growing in popularity. Special Invisalign aligners are fitted to your teen’s teeth, but unlike traditional braces, you can remove the aligner. It’s also designed to be nearly invisible and is by far the most discreet option for this form of dental work.

Is Invisalign Teen Better Than Traditional Braces?

It’s hard to say directly one is better than the other, since they both come with unique pros and cons. For teens, these aligners take away a lot of the common frustrations related to braces, such as having to eliminate certain foods, causing issue with extracurricular music activities or sports, and being tough to clean.

One of the biggest selling points that teens enjoy is the invisibility of the aligners in their mouth. It’s hard to notice that it’s there at all unless you really look close and know to pay attention to it. For an age that is very focused on finding confidence in your appearance, this is an invaluable benefit that so many families appreciate.

It’s not all cosmetic, of course! Our Invisalign Teen aligners also have special features designed for these formative mouths. Improved space for wisdom tooth growth, helpful dots that gauge the life of your aligner, and improved cleaning accessibility all benefit your teen in ways that braces can’t compare.

Is Invisalign Right For My Teen?

If your teen fits the following situations, Invisalgn Teen may be right for them.

  • Lacks the dedication needed for thorough tooth cleaning
  • Has concerns about the appearance of braces on them
  • Wants a quicker solution to crooked teeth
  • Enjoys sticky, crunchy, or otherwise ‘problematic’ food that braces prohibits
  • Participates in sports or musical activities
  • Grinds their teeth
  • Sensitive to pain

Invisaln Teen is the solution to all of these common problems that traditional braces bring to your teen’s lifestyle.

How Old Should My Child Be To See An Orthodontist?

December 19th, 2019

Visiting the orthodontist for the first time is a big step for kids, and it’s the first of many important medical visits that will help define and shape your children’s oral health as the years go on. We all want our little ones to stay young forever, and each new change or appointment can feel like time is moving fast; but the orthodontist plays a very important role in the development of your child’s teeth. Scheduling your first orthodontist appointment for your child shouldn’t be something you put off, especially if you’ve been referred or recommended by your regular dentist.

The Best Age For An Orthodontist Visit

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all age that works for all children. It’s very dependent on the kid in question and their unique oral and dental needs.

Most commonly, children see an orthodontist around the age of 7, but an appointment may be needed earlier or later than this age. It’s best to talk with your regular oral hygienist about when you should be considering orthodontic treatment for your child.

The rule of thumb that most dentists and parents follow is to schedule an appointment around the time several adult teeth are present or growing in.

When To See An Orthodontist

Knowing when to see an orthodontist can be difficult to determine, especially if you’re not entirely sure what dental work is done and what should be considered a priority for your child’s oral health. The easiest way to know when it’s time is when your dentist refers you, or mentions that it may be best to schedule an orthodontist appointment. If you’re unsure, ask your dentist can help give you a better idea about your child’s unique development.

Other ways to determine if an orthodontist needs penciled in on the calendar is if you notice a lot of placement issues with your child’s teeth. Sometimes as baby teeth fall out and the adult teeth grow in, you can see early signs of crooked teeth or alignment problems. As soon as these start to become more obvious or cause pain and difficulty, you should contact an orthodontist to schedule an appointment.

Dentist VS Orthodontist

These two oral hygiene professions are commonly confused and mistaken for one another. When it comes to health, cleaning, and general care of your mouth and teeth, a dentist assumes this role. You should have regular check-ups as both a child and adult to ensure your teeth stay clean and free of cavities.

An orthodontist takes on a more specific but equally important role in your oral health. They deal with the placement and alignment of the teeth, as well as the jaw. Things like tooth gaps, bite issues, missing teeth, and odd tooth placement fall under the job duties of an orthodontist.

Together, these two medical experts can help you stay healthy and clean, but also have a healthy bite and jaw. For your growing child, it’s important to address issues quickly to correct them in time.

When Should I Visit An Orthodontist?

November 29th, 2019

Though dental check-ups with your dentist are done on a regular basis, usually twice annually if all is going well, orthodontist appointments are a little more specific and require certain terms to be met in order to warrant a visit to their office. Not everyone understands the dynamic of an orthodontist and they role they play in our oral health, so get a quick crash-course in when you should be setting up that orthodontics appointment!

4 Reasons To Visit An Orthodontist

Curious about when to see an orthodontist? No need to continue wondering if you’re overdue for an appointment, because these 4 reasons will clearly outline when you should see an orthodontist, as well as how to go about setting up an appointment. It’s important to note that an orthodontist will not do any of the usual dental work you get done at your dentist’s office, and they work specifically with the alignment and health of your teeth, bite, and jaw.

1. You Were Referred

Most of the time, you can see your regular dentist and they’ll be able to tell you if you need the additional services of an orthodontist. Getting a referral is the best way to go about this, because your dentist will help direct you to the best orthodontist and it is easier to work with insurance claims if you have proof of a referral. Many people use this method of determining if an orthodontist is worth the trip, so if you’re unsure, always check-in with your dentist first.

2. You Have Questions About Your Teeth Alignment

A lot of parents or individuals can usually notice pretty easily if something is off about their teeth. You may notice crooked teeth as your child’s baby teeth falls out, or you’ll notice that your front teeth have an increasing gap growing between them. Some people have found that their teeth grew in oddly, or began to deform later on in life. Either way, no matter how old you or your children are, seeing an orthodontist is the only way to get confirmation on if braces, retainers, or other equipment is needed to realign the teeth and preserve the health and quality of them.

3. You Notice Bite Problems

Have you ever noticed discrepancies with your bite, or that of your child’s? By discrepancies, this could mean the bottom jaw goes over the top, creating an underbite. An overbite is also possible, or crooked bites where one side of the teeth overlap the other. These are all very problematic issues to have since eventually, it will affect your teeth and jaw in very dangerous, negative ways. In most cases, this will be discovered and diagnosed early on by your dentist, but if it’s been a while since you’ve been seen in an office, you could have a bite problem and not be aware of it.

4. You’re Interested In Cosmetic Dental Work

Even if there is no need for major work done, many orthodontists offer services to help improve your smile. The type of procedures out there greatly vary, but the common choice for cosmetic dental work is Invisalign.

How long should I wear braces?

November 11th, 2019

After the initial question why get braces is asked, most people jump to their next pressing question: how long do you need to wear them?

This is a question that every orthodontist hears just about daily, but it’s a very valid curiosity and concern. Paired with the expensive of braces and the additional attention your teeth will require with them on, you want to feel that the length is doable and won’t put too much stress on your oral hygiene routine for too long.

Unfortunately, committing to braces is a long term decision, and once they’re on, you’re in it for good. The benefits of getting braces greatly outweigh the cons, but if you’re concerned about the duration of how long you’ll need to wear them, this informational blog can help clear up any questions.

How Long Will You Need Braces?

Everyone is different, so no patient care plan for your braces will be exactly the same.  Many factors are considered when you’re getting braces, and each of these detimiring items will reflect on the length you’ll wear them.

Some of the biggest aspects that come into play when considering the duration include:

  • The patient’s age
  • The extent of misaligned teeth
  • Preexisting skeletal & dental issues

Once all 3 of these things are considered, a more accurate time length can be assigned to your personal orthodontic case. Don’t walk into your appointment with any expectations, but instead remain open to all of your options and be willing to work with your orthodontist when it comes to your treatment plan.

The Average Time Length For Wearing Braces

Typically, a rough estimate of 20-23 months is given when it comes to a time period for wearing your braces. Some of the lucky few will be able to get their issues fully handled with braces in a year or less, but no shorter than a 6-month time period. These cases aren’t as common as those which take a year or more, but it can happen, especially if the procedure is done for more cosmetic and personal reasons than major dental needs.

You can usually expect to wear your braces no longer than a maximum of 3 years. While this does sound like an alarmingly long time to have metal over your teeth, keep in mind this is the worst case scenario.

Two years, give or take, is a much more accurate idea of the length this braces process will take for you.

Alternatives To Traditional Braces

Though for many years traditional wire braces have been the answer to most placement problems with teeth, a more recent treatment has been gaining steady popularity. Invisalign, though a bit more expensive, offers a quicker and less invasive treatment.

It’s a quicker, less painful process and has less of an effect on your life. Plus, the design of them is nearly invisible, so it’s a discreet solution to avoiding the bulky, obvious appearance of traditional wire braces. Discuss with your orthodontist if Invisalign may be a better solution for you.

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