One of the main reasons why Invisalign is as popular as the name suggests is that it is almost invisible. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is less conspicuous. This is a great benefit for children and teens who can often be confident. First, visit an orthodontist like Dr. April Lee of Burlingame Smile Studio in Burlingame, CA for a consultation.
Oral Hygiene is Easier
It can be difficult to get children to brush and floss their teeth. Their braces make it almost impossible due to their metal hooks and obstructing wires. Not only is brushing more difficult, but the braces themselves need to be kept clean. Invisalign can be taken out while brushing and flossing, which facilitates good oral hygiene.
Appointments are Less and Shorter
Invisalign treatment is less time-consuming than traditional braces. People who use braces usually need to have a follow-up appointment every 4 to 6 weeks. Invisalign users report every 10 to 12 weeks. Actual visits are also shorter in time. For children, this means less time off their busy school schedule. It also means that her parents have less time to take her back and forth.
Great for Extracurricular Activities
The Invisalign straightener is thin enough to easily fit a mouthguard, over, making it great for sports. This may not be the case for braces. In addition, a blow to the mouth of a child wearing braces can damage the braces or the child’s mouth or both. This can mean expensive repairs or even a trip to the emergency room. Holders can also make it more difficult to play some musical instruments, while Invisalign can be easily removed for performances.
No Restrictions on Food
Traditional braces have eating restrictions to prevent damage to hooks and wires. Hard or sticky foods such as popcorn, nuts, hard candies, caramel, gummy bears, and beef jerky are prohibited. Other foods, such as apples and raw carrots, should be cut into small pieces. A chewy pizza crust should be avoided. Because Invisalign can be removed during meals, children can eat as much as they want. And unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are easy to clean.
Comfortable to Wear
Invisalign has no pieces of metal that would push or cut the inside of your child’s mouth. In addition, the forces acting on the teeth are slower, so there is less pain with Invisalign. According to a 2014 study, traditional braces are more painful.
Better Dental Health After Treatment
Invisalign straightens the tooth. But, in addition to a better smile, it’s easier to brush and use floss effectively. This means minor cavities or other dental problems such as toothache. Even after removing the metal braces, white spots can sometimes appear on the teeth. This does not happen with aligners. Finally, there is not much of a problem called root resorption, where the tooth root disappears under the cavity. This is more common with braces because they use multiple levels of force.
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