Understanding Invisible Braces: What You Need To Know

When it comes to needing orthodontic work, many children and teens are none too excited about the prospect. After all, middle school and high school are tough on kids anyway, as you may very well remember. And that is even without metal brackets decorating their teeth for years. So, if your child needs orthodontic work, they may have asked you if they can get invisible braces, such as Invisalign. Before you make a decision one way or the other, be sure to get all of the important facts about invisible braces. Then you can make the best choice for your child. 

Invisible Braces Aren't What They Used To Be

When invisible braces were first brought out on the market, the plastic that was used to make the alignment trays was thicker than it is today. Technology and technique as well as this thicker plastic also did not allow for a subtlety in the work that the braces did on a person's teeth while those trays were being worn.

This meant that only certain types of orthodontic needs could be met using the invisible braces technology. You may even have been told that you did not qualify for them when you were younger. However, thinner plastic as well as a better idea of how to use the trays for various degrees of tooth alignment needs have made these braces more accessible to more people. 

So, even if you think that your child's teeth are like yours were when you were young, they may now qualify for invisible braces. Do not discount them immediately, as the invisible braces have changed and evolved a great deal over the years. 

Invisible Braces Can Treat Numerous Issues

Another misconception is that invisible braces are limited to only a few select orthodontic issues. The reality is that invisible braces treat almost any condition that standard braces do.

In addition to overcrowding in the mouth, invisible braces can also help with overbites, underbites, and open bites. Additionally, they can deal with less common issues like crossbites, overjet issues, and even spacing issues (large gaps between the teeth). 

Invisible Braces Won't Interfere With Your Child's Daily Life

Many children and teens are involved in various activities along with schoolwork. For teens who play musical instruments or sports, the prospect of wearing braces can be especially worrisome. 

While standard braces would cause your child to have trouble playing an instrument (they would have to re-learn mouth positions) and would force them to wear uncomfortable protective mouth guards when playing sports, invisible braces would do none of that. Keeping your child on track with their extracurricular activities is far easier with invisible braces.

Now that you know more about invisible braces, you and your child can further discuss whether invisible braces are a viable option for your child. Then, you can schedule your child's appointment at a professional facility, like Southland Smiles, Ltd, to get started with the treatment you choose.