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What Parents Need to Know About Invisalign for Young People

Crowded teeth. Crossbite. Underbite. Overbite.

These are common dental issues that can leave your kid feeling less than thrilled about his or her smile.

And with everything going on in their lives, from soccer practice to school clubs and outside hobbies, the last thing that should be weighing on their mind is something that’s so easy to fix.

Metal braces have been around for ages. In fact, the first modern braces were designed in the year 1728 and consisted of a flat piece of metal attached to the teeth by a strand of thread. If you go back even further, you’ll find that archaeologists have discovered mummies sporting metallic smiles.

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then.

But perhaps the idea of metal braces may seem dated and unappealing to your child or teen. After all, not everyone wants a mouth full of metal. However, everyone does want a smile that’s out of this world.

Invisalign, a clear alternative to braces for kids and teens, offers a subtle way of correcting a wide array of dental problems. The aligners are undetectable to the naked eye and provide many benefits to children of all ages. As a parent, maybe you’ve considered this as an option. Here’s what you should know when trying to decide whether Invisalign invisible braces will work for you and your family:

1. Invisalign aligners require daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance
Just like metal braces, you can’t just forget about them once they’re in. These clear braces need to be removed, rinsed, and cleaned with a toothbrush every night. As for weekly care, they’ll have to be replaced every one to two weeks. You’ll also need to schedule checkups with your orthodontist every six to eight weeks.

2. They are made custom for your child or teen
No two smiles are exactly alike. Your child will undergo an advanced process to get the most accurate fit possible. First, a camera captures a 3D image of the teeth. Next, the image is used as a guide to 3D print a personalized set of aligners for your child. Lastly, the gumline is trimmed for optimum comfort and wearability.

3. Invisalign won’t get in the way of your child’s daily activities
Unlike traditional metal braces, your child will be able to go on with their lives all while working towards having a straighter set of teeth. They won’t have to sacrifice certain foods or give up playing their favorite instrument. Clear braces are wire-free and can be easily removed before eating and drinking. No more messy and painful wires. Clear braces aren’t just more convenient, but also more hygienic and, of course, painless.

4. Clear braces cost about as much as metal braces
If cost is a deterring factor, you’ll be happy to learn that insurance covers Invisalign the same way they would metal braces. Doctors also offer financing options to allow you to make payments as you go.

There are many reasons to opt for invisible braces for your child. They’ll boost your kid’s confidence and allow them to shine without worrying about the negative factors associated with traditional braces. Talk this over with your son or daughter to ensure that you’re both on the same page. After all, as a parent, all you want is for them to walk away with an improved and award-winning smile.

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