Is your child in need of orthodontic treatment in the near future? In the past, there was essentially one option for children who needed orthodontics: traditional braces. These braces can be cumbersome, hard to clean, and cause soreness and pain. Not to mention the social awkwardness that many children feel about their braces.
Don’t be discouraged, though. Today, there’s a superior choice available to many children (and adults) who need orthodontic treatment: Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
You may be asking yourself, “what is Invisalign?” Simply put, Invisalign is a set of a clear plastic aligners (also called trays) that help shift poorly positioned teeth into their correct alignment. The “Invisalign” name says it all. Unlike bulky braces, Invisalign is almost impossible to see when they are worn. But don’t worry. Invisalign does the same work as braces, it just does it better.
If your child needs orthodontic work in the future, allow our team at Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental to show you some of the benefits of Invisalign.
1. No Eating Restrictions
When considering what Invisalign is compared to braces, one of the most popular differences deals with food. With traditional braces, there’s a multitude of food restrictions that your child must follow. No popcorn, no hard candies, and no gum –– just to name a few. The problem with these restrictions is that many children end up forgetting or outright ignoring them.
What’s the result? Their braces end up breaking, causing an extra trip to the orthodontist. Even if their braces don’t break, these foods can easily get caught in between the teeth and wires, causing a host of other issues.
With Invisalign, there are little to no food restrictions. When it’s time to eat, simply pop the aligners out and eat as you normally would. After you eat and brush your teeth, put the trays back in and you’re all set. No food restrictions and no stress.
2. Easy Cleaning
Caring for braces can be very difficult for a host of reasons. Children often have difficulty brushing their teeth when they have braces. They often brush too hard and cause issues with their wires, or they brush too softly and don’t give their teeth a proper cleaning. Flossing is also extremely difficult with braces, so many kids end up forgoing flossing and hurting their overall oral health.
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that caring for your teeth and overall oral hygiene is much easier. Your children can simply take the trays out of their mouths and brush or floss as normal. When they’re done, they put the aligners back in their mouth. It couldn’t be easier.
3. More Comfortable
Every child with traditional braces know the struggle. Once they go to the orthodontist for an adjustment, they often have several days of discomfort. Why? Because as adjustments are made to the braces, new problems usually pop up. Brackets and wires end up poking the inside of the cheek or the gum.
What is the Invisalign difference? Because the aligners are made of plastic, they aren’t going to cause any of the issues that metal braces will. When you receive your new trays every month or so, you’ll never have to go through any of the problems that could happen if your were wearing metal braces. Although there will still be some minor discomfort and soreness as the aligners move the teeth, overall Invisalign offers a much smoother experience.
4. Cleanliness and Freshness
With traditional braces, it’s difficult to know if you’ve cleaned your teeth, gums, and braces completely. In fact, it’s common for food to get lodged in braces and go undetected for some time. Because of this, your mouth won’t be able to be as clean and fresh as you’d like it to be. The long term result of this is bad breath, cavities, and the possibility of infection or gum disease.
What is Invisalign’s cleaning routine? It’s simple. Just rinse out the trays or use your toothbrush to gently clean them out. That’s it. Not only will you be confident your trays will be clean, but you’ll have no issues maintaining good oral hygiene.
5. Greater Confidence
For years, braces have been a source of great anxiety for children. Although it’s not fair, it’s a fact. Many children don’t want to have braces because they are afraid of how their peers will react when they get them. Their fear of teasing or rejection may cause them a great deal of unnecessary nervousness and stress.
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that this is not an issue. Because Invisalign is clear, most people won’t notice your child even has it in their mouth. When they go to the lunchroom at school, they will be able to eat the same foods as all of their friends will. All of this together will help boost their confidence.
Schedule a Consultation with Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental
Before you make any decisions, the best thing you can do is to talk to your orthodontist about what options will work best for your child. Although Invisalign works well for many kids, you’ll want to make sure that it’s the best option for your son or daughter.
Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental specializes in all types of orthodontic work in the greater Reno area, including Invisalign. If you’re wondering what is Invisalign going to do for your child, contact our office so we can set up a consultation. We have friendly locations in Reno, Gardnerville, Sparks, and Fernley that look forward to meeting your child and helping them achieve the best smile possible. We accept many forms of dental insurance as well as Medicaid. We also offer convenient payment plans for cash customers. Contact us today!