It’s the middle of summer but fall sports will be here before you know it. If you have young athletes in your house and those teens wear braces or Invisalign, it’s time to get them fitted for a customized sports mouthguard. This appliance will protect their orthodontics, teeth, and the soft tissues of their mouth so they can play hard without worrying about their braces.
Invisalign, in general, is the same for every patient, no matter their age or alignment problem. But Invisalign Teen does have a few noticeable differences that separate it from the original, besides the fact that it’s designed specifically for the adolescent crowd.
A gap between a person’s front teeth is eye-catching and interesting. But are gapped teeth always a problem that require braces? It depends. Some people may only have a cosmetic decision to make, others may have alignment problems that could develop. Your Woodinville orthodontist will let you know for sure and help guide you toward the smile that is uniquely yours.
If you wear Invisalign, you have a little more to consider than usual when packing for summertime travel. The great part is that Invisalign treatment only lasts about a year, which means you may have a straight smile at this time next year and no more aligners. In the meantime, here’s how to prep for whatever lies ahead in the summer months.
Teenagers have style. Adults may not understand it or love it or even care to entertain it, but adolescents seek out unique ways to express themselves, and braces for teens are an excellent way to add to their aesthetic – if they can get the look they want. Thankfully, there are plenty of orthodontic options available to work with, whatever style your teen has adopted.
Many braces wearers dread their retainer. This concern is a little baffling when you consider the amount of time and effort put into wearing metal braces or Invisalign. Retainers, after all, don’t require nearly as much dedication or attention. But we understand retainers can feel like one more obligation after a year or more of orthodontic treatment. To ease your mind about the demands of retainers, it’s time for an FAQ.
Your orthodontist is always on the lookout for ways to minimize treatment time and improve results. For many patients, especially the youngest patients, this involves efficient appliances that work independently or along with braces. The goal of your orthodontist’s choice to use springs and things and early braces is to carefully and specifically employ appliances that enhance aesthetics, compliance, and the speed of treatment.
If you didn’t have braces as a teen, you may be determined to get your child the orthodontic treatment you never had. Talking to your moody tween or teen about this endeavor, however, can be difficult. Allow us to remind you of the top reasons why your kid is lucky to have braces, so you have your reasoning at the ready and let them know how charmed they really are.
An orthodontist can fix whatever misalignment is happening in a patient’s mouth. For the patient with gapped teeth, though, their orthodontic journey will be a little simpler than for the patient with crowded teeth. In short, it is easier to close spaces in your mouth than to gain them.
The best way to prep for potential orthodontic emergencies is to know what’s possible. Brackets and wires are attached meticulously to the teeth so they stay in place, and Invisalign trays are designed for regular removal, but even when you’re doing all the right and normal things as an orthodontic patient, emergencies can still happen.