If you want to get the attention of your teenager, simply say one word: braces. Although it’s anything but a rarity — over two-thirds of U.S teens have some orthodontic treatment — just the word braces conjures up thoughts of “metal mouths” and wires poking the cheeks, of food caught in the bands and years worth of photos ruined.
It’s the metal bands and wires that form the silvery root of the problem. The appearance, of course, bothers any teen. But the bands rubbing on lips and wires poking cheeks are equally irritating.
But what if you could straighten the teeth without all the metal? Dr. Steier offers Invisalign, an aligning system that uses virtually invisible plastic aligner trays instead of that sea of metal bands. What’s not to love?
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the latest technology in teeth straightening. The Invisalign system is based on a series of clear plastic custom-made aligners. Each aligner is designed by computer to move the teeth a certain amount and is worn for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks that aligner’s job is finished and the next aligner takes its place. This procedure is repeated until the teeth are in the proper position.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
For your teenager, it’s no secret what the main advantage is — no metal bands for all to see. Most people, even those nearby, can’t usually see the Invisalign trays on the patient’s teeth.
Beyond visual irritation, teenagers love the lack of irritation with Invisalign, a stark contrast with the poking wires and rubbing bands of traditional orthodontic devices.
And keeping the teeth clean is easy. No need to worry about teeth getting caught in the bands. No need to cut the kernels off corn on the cob. No need for floss threaders. With Invisalign, the wearer simply takes out the trays when eating or cleaning his or her teeth. Even foods like caramels aren’t off limits as they are with traditional bands.
How does Invisalign work?
The key to Invisalign is a computerized roadmap of the planned tooth movement. This is created by Dr. Steier in conjunction with the Invisalign software. We start with digital images of the patient’s teeth that we then use to create an incredibly detailed 3D image of the patient’s teeth. This image guides the creation of each successive aligner by the Invisalign system. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and is then replaced by the next aligner in the series. The patient should wear his or her aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day (really only removing them to eat and clean the teeth). When the teeth are into their correct, final position, Invisalign retainers are worn to keep them there.
If you say “Invisalign,” maybe your teenager won’t run from the room! Call Dr. Steier at 561-395-3190 and ask about Invisalign and if it’s right for your son or daughter.