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Getting Started by Approaching Your Parents: Some Helpful Tips

If you were just told that you need braces, but cannot stand the thought of traditional metal brackets and wires, there are options for you! There is no denying that Invisalign Teen serves the same functionality as traditional braces, but is invisible, removable and comfortable, so you are the only one who knows the aligners are there. After you have done your research and consulted with us to answer any lingering questions, it is important that you let your parents know some key factors:

Getting Started by Approaching Your Parents: Some Helpful Tips

If you were just told that you need braces, but cannot stand the thought of traditional metal brackets and wires, there are options for you! There is no denying that Invisalign serves the same functionality as metal braces, but is invisible, so you are the only one who knows the aligners are there. After you have done your research and consulted with us to answer any lingering questions, it is important that you let your parents know some key factors:

Parents: Still Not Convinced? Take a Look at This FAQ!

  • Chances are that your parents already know you are self-conscious about your teeth. As a result, it is important to let them know that metal braces will further diminish your self-esteem, so Invisalign Teen is a great option.
  • Stress how easy this equipment is to clean, and that it is easier to brush and floss with this option, rather than traditional brackets and wires.
  • Your parents might not know that this clear alternative is safer, due to the fact that the trays cannot scrape your cheeks, gums, or lips.
  • Invisalign teen is a fairly independent process, which will lessen the need for frequent trips to the orthodontist.
  • This option teaches responsibility and time management, as you must recognize when it is time to wear new aligners. The blue indicators on the side fade with wear–ultimately letting you know it is time for a new set.

Q: My child has very crooked teeth. Is this equipment more cosmetic than it is practical?

A: Of course not! The aligners are designed to serve the same purpose as traditional braces; they gently soften the teeth to shift their overall position. While that factor is of the utmost importance, mention must be made to the profound effects that this equipment has on a child’s self-esteem. As mature adults, it is often easy to forget those uncontrollable teenage emotions and how important being socially accepted is for them. Invisalign helps abate the anxiety that they experience on a daily basis, and serves its intended medical purpose flawlessly and secretly.

Q: Something this contemporary must be fairly expensive, correct?

A: Traditional braces cost anything from $3,000 to $8,000 in circumstances where a patient needs extreme corrective dentistry, and the clearer alternative costs about the same. Our evaluation of your teen’s needs will determine the longevity of their treatment as well as the cost, and it is often covered by insurance plans or by the use of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Q: My child plays quite a few sports and is active in general. Will they have to remove the aligners before playing?

A: An active child is a happy child and can be kept happy by knowing that a proper mouthguard will protect their equipment. To make matters even better, the chance of suffering a facial injury if your child should fall or get hit with a ball are less with the aligners, due to the fact that they will not cut nor scape their mouths.

Q: I know of the diet necessary for metal braces. What adjustments need to be made for this option?

A: None at all! In fact, there are no special considerations in terms of a diet with the aligners, as your child simply needs to remove them before eating and to replace them accordingly after they brush.

Q: My teen told me that they will be able to execute their oral hygiene better with the Invisalign. Is that true?

A: Your teen is absolutely correct; gently brushing the aligners routinely with toothpaste and water cleans them efficiently, and allows your teen to brush and floss their own teeth flawlessly, as they do not have to worry about working around brackets and wires.

Q: What if my teen forgets to wear their aligners for a day–will it ruin the entire process?

A: While it is important that your teen wears their aligners for twenty to twenty-two hours a day, one day will not necessarily hinder the process. It is important to be mindful that, the longer your teen wears their aligners, the quicker their general treatment will be over with.

 

Summary

In closing, being an Invisalign teen is immensely beneficial to both your physical and mental health. As your confidence is maintained, crooked teeth are straightened, and your level of oral health improves for the rest of your life. While metal braces are not a life sentence, they certainly can feel like it when you are forced to wear them, but an invisible option makes the process effortless and immensely enjoyable when you see the results. Parents, remembering that this invisible option is similar in terms of cost and procedure is important, too! Aside from a few key considerations and the task of changing the aligners every two weeks, your only job is to smile and to smile often as your teeth become perfect in the most teen-friendly way possible.