Since school is in full swing, many activities start back up. Your child may not like the idea of having metal braces on their teeth for sports, school pictures and yearbook pictures. Dental Designs in Winnipeg offers Invisalign, which is a virtually invisible and removable alternative to metal braces. Listed below you will find many questions and answers that parents have asked about Invisalign. We hope it allows you to become more familiar with its benefits for your child.
Questions and Answers for Invisalign
Q: What is Invisalign, and how will it work for my teenager?
is a practically invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions that can come with metal braces. Metal braces require wires and brackets. Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners that are custom made to your child’s teeth. Every couple of weeks requires a new set of aligners and little by little the teeth shift into place.
Q: Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?
A: Definitely. When worn like your dentist would like them to, it can be just as effective as metal braces. Invisalign can be used to treat mild to moderate cases, which include underbite, overbite, overcrowding or gaps in teeth.
Q: Any advantages to Invisalign over metal braces?
A: One of the major bonuses of Invisalign is that there are no metal wires and brackets to deal with. The aligners for Invisalign are removable, so sports can be played without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause damage to metal braces. Musical instruments can be played properly and pictures can be braces free. Your teen can also enjoy all the foods that metal braces can restrict. Flossing and brushing is also much easier.
Q: How long does the treatment initially take?
A: On average, the treatment time is about the same as traditional braces. It all depends on the severity of your child’s condition of teeth. Normal usage is anywhere from 9-15 months.
Q: Do the aligners need to be worn all the time?
A: Invisalign is most effective when worn 20-22 hours per day, as well as changing aligners every two weeks.
It all sounds pretty great, right? To know for sure if your teenager is a good candidate for Invisalign, contact our office to schedule an appointment with our dentist: 204-888-3384.