Summer’s for Corn on the Cob, not Braces
Few things are more interesting to eat for kids than corn. The way we eat it is so different than most foods that kids find it interesting. Some of this holds on even through the interesting teenage years, unless your teen is burdened with braces on every tooth. Then you’re cutting the corn off the cob and where’s the fun in that? Summer and corn go together like the Cookie Monster and the Keebler Elf.
But if your teenager needs to move his or her teeth around what are you going to do? Braces are just a fact of life, right? Not necessarily.
Invisalign is a relatively new method of moving the teeth that doesn’t involve metal bands and wires and doesn’t require changes in the way your child eats. While not all straightening cases can involve Invisalign, many can and it’s certainly worth investigating with the team at Kalil & Kress.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is one of the few changes in orthodontic methodology in the last few decades. It utilizes clear plastic aligners in place of the traditional metal brackets and wires. Each aligner is designed by computer to move the teeth a certain amount and is worn for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks that aligner’s job is finished and the next aligner takes its place. This procedure is repeated until the teeth are in the proper position.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
First off there’s that corn on the cob issue! With Invisalign, teens don’t have to change their diet. When eating, the Invisalign aligner is removed. Then after eating, the aligner is replaced and all is well.
Of course, for a teen, the biggest advantage is visual. When a person is wearing their Invisalign aligner trays most people can’t even tell the person is having his or her teeth straightened because the aligners are clear plastic and virtually invisible. Even when talking to a person one on one, the aligners can’t be detected.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign won’t irritate the cheeks and lips. There aren’t any stray wires to unexpectedly poke the cheeks or tongue.
Cleaning your teeth is much easier with Invisalign. The wearer simply removes the aligner to eat, and brush or floss. No need for floss threaders and the like, and there’s no chance of getting food caught in the brackets.
How does Invisalign work?
The Invisalign system is more than just the aligners; it’s an entire computerized system. After digital images are taken, our state-of-the-art 3D computer imaging system creates an incredibly detailed 3D image of the patient’s teeth. This image guides the creation of each successive aligner by the Invisalign system. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and is then replaced by the next aligner in the series. The patient should wear his or her aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day (really only removing them to eat and clean the teeth). When the teeth are into their correct, final position, Invisalign retainers are worn to keep them there.
Think your teen could be right for Invisalign? Let’s talk about it. Call us at 603-880-7004.