Many of us had to deal with being a “metal mouth.” Wires poking our cheeks. Bands rubbing on the inside of our lips. Trying to smile without showing our teeth. Having our Moms cut off our corn on the cob.
So many middle and high school kids had braces that it wasn’t as if we were alone. Braces somehow felt like a teenage rite of passage. So, we should submit our own kids to the same fun, right?
Invisalign aligns crooked teeth without the metal. This relatively new orthodontic system simply uses a series of computer designed clear plastic aligner trays to move the teeth without the mouth full of metal.
Dr. Steier offers Invisalign for her patients, young and not so young.
What can be corrected with Invisalign?
Some parents are very skeptical about Invisalign. We’ve heard comments like “How can you move the teeth without them being so sore after tightening you occasionally had to miss school?” “Come on, how can a mouth guard possibly move teeth?” “Where are the wires and the rubber bands?”
It is true that serious orthodontic needs can’t be achieved with Invisalign. Things such as extractions to make room, heavy tooth migration, and bite problems often still require traditional braces. But for most moderate adjustment needs Invisalign does an awesome job. These are the dental issues Dr. Steier can correct with Invisalign:
- Crooked teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Mild to moderate bite problems
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
It might be better to say “What isn’t Invisalign better at than braces?” This system is revolutionizing orthodontic care. Here are three great areas to consider:
- Invisible — Invisalign aligner trays are made of clear acrylic. There are no metal bands, no wires. No metal period. Because Invisalign trays are clear, they are virtually invisible when a person is wearing them. Even when talking to a person up close, they usually can’t spot the clear aligners.
- Comfortable — Traditional braces are a pain, literally. If your son or daughter plays trumpet in their school band, good luck with the inside of their lips. The bands rub the inside of your lips and the wires poke your cheeks and tongue.
- Easy in, easy out — Braces are a figurative pain when eating. No corn on the cob. Nothing chewy like taffy. Food gets stuck in the bands and cleaning between them requires a flosser to thread dental floss. Just brushing well is difficult. But with Invisalign, you simply remove the tray when eating and when doing your hygiene in the morning and before bed. Then you put the tray back in. Piece of cake!
Just because you enjoyed being called a metal mouth as a freshman doesn’t mean your kid needs to suffer the same fate. Call Dr. Steier at (561) 395-3190 and set up a consultation to see if Invisalign would be right for your teen.