As much as no one wants to admit it, many people associate teenage dental care with braces.
After all, it is common for most orthodontic procedures to take place during the development years of 11-16, making the image of the teenager wearing a metal brace a bit of a cliche.
And in years gone past, the wearing of an orthodontic brace often came with a bit of embarrassment for many teenagers, so when clear and invisible braces came into circulation in dental surgeries, many were more than eager to swap out the metal brace for plastic aligners!
But, as the parent of a teenager who may be suitable for treatment with an invisible brace, you will probably have a few questions about appropriateness and the results it will produce.
Not to worry! Our team at Kooringal Dental are here to answer any queries or concerns you may have. We can offer suitable teenagers a range of popular invisible braces, such as Invisalign Wagga, which can help them to improve their smile while straightening their teeth. It really is the best of both worlds!
But does it work? Here, we breakdown the answers to the most common questions we are asked about Invisalign Wagga from anxious parents.
How does it work?
Invisalign Wagga utilises a set of custom-fitted aligners, which are worn in sequential order to straighten your child’s teeth.
The plastic which the aligner is made from gently pushes on the teeth, coercing them to move gradually, thus reducing pressure or discomfort. Each aligner is worn for about 2 weeks and the treatment is overseen by our team at Kooringal Dental, to make sure there are no issues.
Is it more expensive?
This depends on how long your child wears the brace for, and the number of aligners that are used.
As this brace typically straightens teeth in 6-9 months, it is often cheaper than a traditional metal brace.
How long does my teen need to wear the aligners for each day?
To benefit from wearing the aligner, it is advised that your teen wears it for a minimum of 22 hours per day.
In the early stages (or when the aligner is brand new), we advise that the aligner is worn for 24 hours per day in order for your child’s mouth to adapt to its presence.
Will they need to change their diet?
While traditional braces exclude foods like sticky toffee and sweetcorn, invisible aligners allow for the consumption of all types of food. Your teen will need to remove the aligner while they eat and, before putting it back in, they will need to brush their teeth to prevent plaque and food debris from being pressed against their teeth.
Does the aligner create any issues?
As it is removable, there is the ever-present temptation to not wear it, so your teen will need to be motivated.
It can also cause sores on the tongue due to rubbing, but we can supply dental wax to soften the edges.
The subtlety of these braces means that getting your child to wear them shouldn’t be too difficult!
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.