Braces and acne. Those are the dual humiliations that impact virtually every teenager at some point of their high school years. While great strides have been made in the treatment of acne, if you have poorly aligned or spaced teeth, braces are a necessity, and with them the dreaded “metal mouth.”
Not so fast. You can move those teeth virtually invisibly with Invisalign®.
Invisalign is a relatively new alternative to traditional metal or tooth-colored bands and wires known lovingly by all teens as braces. Instead of bands, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays to move and straighten the teeth. Even when a person is near, it is virtually impossible to see the Invisalign tray when it is on the wearer’s teeth. Goodbye metal mouth!
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign with Gentle Dental offers three main benefits.
Invisible — Of course, the primary benefit, especially for self-conscious teens, is that Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible when being worn. There aren’t any metal bands or wires for everyone to see.
No more bands and wires — Traditional braces are irritating to your lips, cheeks, gums, and tongue. Whether it’s a wire poking your cheek or bands rubbing on the insides of your lips, traditional braces are difficult.
Hygiene isn’t compromised — With braces, normal dental hygiene is difficult. Food is easily caught in the bands and wires. Flossing can only be done with a flosser that is inserted between each band, pulling the floss through, a difficult process for each tooth! With Invisalign, when you’re eating or cleaning you simply remove the plastic aligner tray. So, no more need to cut the corn off the cob or slice an apple. And when you’re brushing and flossing, the same is true, you simply take out the aligner and brush and floss normally.
Who can and cannot have Invisalign?
Unfortunately, not all orthodontic situations can benefit from Invisalign. Invisalign is most commonly used to correct mild to moderate tooth crookedness and spacing issues. Patients with severe bite problems, where the teeth need to moved aggressively, still require traditional braces.
So, ditch the metal mouth and get straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Call us at (732) 549-5660 and let’s see if you teenager is a good candidate for Invisalign.