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4 Things About Invisalign Every Parent Should Know

Is it time for your teenager to consider straightening their teeth? Our Calgary holistic dentists can help answer all your questions about the Invisalign treatment and help determine if this is a safe choice for your child.

Many Calgarians suffer from crooked teeth but unfortunately, a lot of them don’t seek orthodontic care to resolve the issue. Whether it’s traditional metal braces or a customized Invisalign treatment, there are many benefits that can come from straightening your teeth, including:

  • Improved aesthetic appearance and higher self esteem
  • Enhanced chewing function
  • Prevention of jaw strain or pain
  • Better oral hygiene
  • Healthier gums


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Advancements in cosmetic dentistry now mean that there are alternatives to traditional metal braces, including Invisalign, which offers a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing way of straightening your teen’s teeth.

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Invisalign Tips: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Invisalign

Invisalign is an advanced and innovative way for your teen to get the straight and beautiful smile they desire without the hassle, pain, and self-consciousness that comes with metal braces. However, as a parent it’s natural to have some questions about this cosmetic treatment.

Here are some tips and answers to some of the most common questions parents have regarding Invisalign for their teens:

1. What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a transparent, custom-made aligner that is interchanged roughly every two weeks for a period of 6-18 months, or longer depending on the severity of the misalignment. This clear aligner is computer generated from an impression of the patient’s teeth (taken by your dentist) which makes the fitting unique to each patient.

2. Why Choose Invisalign over Traditional Metal Braces?

There are a number of reasons why Invisalign may be a better alternative than traditional metal braces for some teens. This cosmetic treatment offers some incredible benefits because it allows your teen to:

  • Easily brush and floss your teeth like normal
  • Feel more confident in their appearance
  • Be fully customized for faster and more effective results
  • Feel more comfortable and avoid mouth sores
  • Track their progress and see how long their treatment will take



3. Who is a Good Candidate For Invisalign?

Due to the unique circumstances behind every patient, it is always best to consult with your doctor first to determine if Invisalign is right for you. In general, your teen may be a candidate for Invisalign if they:

  • Are very disciplined and responsible
  • Have a mild orthodontic case (eg. overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite)
  • Have healthy gums and teeth
  • Can understand the importance of wearing aligners every day
  • Are older teens, as Invisalign works best for patients with fully developed jaws




4. Are There Any Limitations to the Invisalign Treatment?

While Invisalign can correct a majority of dental problems, not all patients are suitable candidates for the treatment. One drawback of Invisalign is that it cannot correct severe malocclusion or a badly aligned bite.

Another shortcoming of this treatment is also a benefit: its removability. Unlike fixed braces, patients take out their aligners frequently to eat or brush their teeth, which increases the risk of misplacing the plastic tray and delaying the process.


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