Question: Is Invisalign Right for My Child?
If you think your child needs braces, you may feel concerned that they are going to be self-conscious. You might want to find an option for them that does not impede on their self-esteem while still providing excellent and lasting results. You may be asking yourself, is Invisalign right for my child? Here is what you need to know.
One of the things that you’re hearing a lot about on TV and in marketing is invisible braces. There are different types of what we call invisible braces, including tooth-colored brackets that perform the same function as a metal bracket but are actually made out of ceramic and almost blend in with the tooth structure. Also, options like Invisalign, which are clear trays that fit over the teeth are what we tend to identify with invisible braces. It’s much less noticeable to the lay person as they’re walking around. Patients feel better when they smile, knowing that people aren’t going to notice their braces as much. It’s very popular in late teens and adults.
The Benefits of Invisalign
We recommend Invisalign for patients who are a little bit more self-conscious about their social life and want their braces to be less noticeable when they smile while they’re out in public. When a patient has Invisalign in their mouth, it’s essentially a clear tray that fits over the teeth. There may be little tooth-colored attachments on the teeth, but when the wearer smiles and engages in social conversation at a social distance, the person they’re speaking to can rarely tell that they have any orthodontic treatment going on. That’s one of the big benefits.
Best Candidates for Invisalign
We are very often asked, “Who are the best candidates for Invisalign?” More than ever before, we can now treat many situations with Invisalign, so the short answer is, “You should see an orthodontist to be evaluated for Invisalign.” We can look at how the bite fits together and see what may be going on that could require something to be done before starting with Invisalign. We can use Invisalign to fix more difficult treatments now than was ever possible before.
Invisalign Voice Changes
A lot of times, the main concern of patients who are getting Invisalign, is whether they will speak in a funny way when the trays are in place. It is suggested that patients do a little test when they first get the Invisalign. Talk to somebody without letting that person see you. Then, after your conversation, ask them if they noticed you speaking funny. Nine times out of 10, they won’t even be able to tell. A lot of times, too, the tongue is very tactilely sensitive. It detects the little bit of added thickness with the tray on the backside of the upper front teeth and patients sometimes feel as if they’re lisping a little bit – which they may for the first couple of days. It goes away very quickly, however, and it’s more in your head than anything else.
When a patient is interested in Invisalign, they very often ask whether it costs more than traditional braces. The answer is that it really depends on that patient’s treatment. Invisalign treatment is different, based on the difficulty of the case, how many trays that patient will require, and whether they will require rubber bands to fix their problem. Each situation presents itself with a different degree of difficulty and results in different fees. The best way to be sure about the fee for a case is for the patient to come in and discuss what it would take in terms of both timeframe and the financial aspect.
Is Invisalign right for your child? Schedule a free consultation to find out. We are dedicated to providing the best care for your family.