Invisalign for teens and pre-teens.
We know you have questions about orthodontic treatment your teen or pre-teen. We’re here to help. The information provided here is designed to be a guide and answer some of the most common questions we get about Invisalign® options for teenagers. As always, we recommend talking to an orthodontist or dentist for a consultation who can give you detailed and personalized information if you have additional questions.
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Can My Teenager Play Sports or Instruments with Invisalign?
Is Invisalign a Good Option for Teens?
Do you have an active teen?
Then Invisalign® Teen might be a clear choice for you with its clear advantages over braces. If your mini maestro is a musician of wood or brass instruments, you might be concerned about how big of an impact an Invisalign treatment will be.
What about your teenager who is getting ready to take a trip to the field against the nearby rival school?
Taking photos for prom, sports teams, yearbook day, or sitting down for interviews for a first job?
Don’t fret, your child can continue enjoying their extracurricular activities while caring for their teeth.
For those who are playing instruments, Invisalign® is a great option because the friction of playing has less chance to cause stress on areas inside your mouth. Invisalign trays sit over the teeth and are less invasive than the traditional braces and brackets. The smooth, custom 3-D printed trays feel smooth, and don’t have all the same bumps and lumps that comes with metal braces.
When playing instruments, particularly brass ones, the pressure points of a player’s lips may need a little time and adjustment to get back to your full range. With a little experimentation, any player whether it be a flute, trumpet, saxophone, or any other instrument with a mouthpiece can go on to play and practice. With traditional braces, the brackets and wires sometimes have the chance of breaking, cutting, or rubbing up against your soft tissue in the mouth. While there are products on the market to help, namely brace wax, it is definitely a clear choice to choose Invisalign for its less invasive tools to get to a good smile. Invisalign® will certainly be a struggle and get in the way at first, even as a better alternative than braces. There is much less chance for the sturdy plastic to gnash away at the soft tissue in the mouth the way a set of metal wires and brackets can. A dash of patience and a sprinkle of practice will help you or your teenager keep up with their pursuits.
Getting into the higher range notes often means applying increased amounts of pressure and may feel a little funny at first with the custom plastic tray on your teeth. Remember that these will fit snug on your teeth and would be a less invasive option than braces. When adjusting to Invisalign, musicians should start slow, and in lower registers so they can practice and build up awareness and new muscle memory. This will require a feat of patience and may feel like a setback, but it is only temporary. While teeth can be sensitive and get uncomfortable while playing, remind yourself or your teenager that this is a temporary situation to a more permanent healthy future.
Light contact sports shouldn’t require you to take out your aligners. These include activities such as tennis, gymnastics, track, cycling, basketball, or swimming. The chance of your aligner getting damaged or coming off if you take a bump in these sports are pretty minimal. High contact sports that require a mouth guard are more likely to need a swap out for a gum shield. Participation in sports such as wrestling, football, boxing, rugby, martial arts, polo, or even hockey should use precaution and remove trays. Invisalign is a great solution for active teens who would be at risk for damage with braces.
Trays for Invisalign® that come from your dentist or orthodontist are sturdy and compact. Simply switch them out for a mouth guard when your child needs to hit the mat, the court, or the ice rink. Unlike braces, Invisalign can come out as needed and popped back on when the time is right.
As always, we suggest talking and consulting with your dentist or orthodontist for guidance. Just know that these trays can take some adjustment, but should never stop someone fully from pursuing their passions.
INVISALIGN AND YOU
When Can Pre-Teens or Teens Get Invisalign?
Braces are a thing of the past, and most parents these days are getting requests for the more discreet treatments. But is your child ready for an Invisalign® treatment? Generally speaking, teenagers are able to qualify for Invisalign treatment if they have fully grown into their adult set of teeth. It’s always up to a professional, so having a consultation at an Invisalign® dentist or orthodontist office can go a long way in helping you make a decision to choose Invisalign® vs Braces.
Skip The Metal Works
Now that your child is growing, this is an ideal time to help shape those teeth and gear up your child for a healthy head start on dental hygiene. In the hands of an experienced dentist or family orthodontic, simple or complex cases can get the attention they deserve and a treatment plan to whip up that great, easy to maintain a smile.
But why is Invisalign® a better choice over the traditional braces?
First of all, you can skip out on the emergency brace visits to make repairs and adjustment from their awkward use. Growing bodies also have growing appetites, and Invisalign has absolutely no food restrictions on types of food to be eaten. How? Because Invisalign trays are able to be removed during the course of treatment. Often this happens before eating and is fitted back on after meals. Your teen can chow down on their favorite foods with no restrictions, and everyone wins. Another great benefit is if your child is heavy into contact sports or play an instrument, Invisalign will not cause the same abrasions and issues associated with braces.
Keep up With the Use
The treatment requires teens to wear their trays for 22 out of the 24 hours out of the day.
Not sure your teen is up to the task?
Invisalign has given you a helping hand there. Teen Invisalign® trays come with a small blue dot to help ensure your child is complying with the regiment. As the use of the tray continues, you will see this small blue dot fade. This helps protect your investment, monitor the treatment, and help your child stick with the use of their custom-crafted trays. If this doesn’t satisfy you, know that our staff will be able to identify if teens have been complying with their tray use during checkups. Dentists and orthodontists who are certified to develop the Invisalign treatment plan will have a good idea of what your teen’s teeth should be looking as they progress. If they find a lag between expected results at checkups, they’ll be able to tell the aligners haven’t been utilized for the recommended time.
Anticipate Barriers of Use
One of the biggest reasons people skip out on their recommended hours of use is pain during the adjustment period. Have your teen talk to you and a dentist or orthodontist to help them anticipate and manage some of the pain that comes with the treatment. The first few days are a big change, as well as changes that come with the insertion of new trays. New trays are generally worn every two weeks. Setting up realistic expectations about the use and care of their Invisalign trays is an important part of this journey.
Give Them Their Confidence
Invisalign® is a great option for straightening and correcting teeth due to their transparency. Self-conscience is a struggle when it comes to braces whether we are talking teen or adults. It’s hard being a teenager as you’re growing into your own person and trying to find your way in the world. Between educational, social, and individual pressures Invisalign® is a great alternative to braces by at least offering a more discreet option. Invisalign can help give teenagers the freedom to enjoy social situations and avoid the stigma that braces might bring to the table.
Giving your teen a trip to our Invisalign doctor site is a step towards relieving some of the embarrassment and pressure of having teeth corrected. The day to day use that is easy to maintain and lets your child give their focus to other issues at hand like scoring an A on their next test or pursuing theirs after school passions. No bulky metal stigmas! No one should be embarrassed or made to feel insecure because they’ve made a choice to care for their smile and teeth. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case but Invisalign definitely takes some of the pressure off on their way to straight, beautiful teeth for the rest of their lives.
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