Teen Invisalign®: Because Straight Teeth are Important to Your Oral Health

Your teen has enough to worry about with academics, social pressures, and family and personal obligations. Having crooked or crowded teeth can have a negative impact on all the different aspects of their well-being, including their oral health. Crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic concern, they make it much harder for your teen to maintain their best oral hygiene.

You may not have realized it, but straight teeth are extremely important to oral health. Here at Smashing Smiles Orthodontics, we take extra pride in helping our teen patients feel more confident in sharing their beautiful, healthy smiles, so Dr. Allena Willis and the team offer Invisalign® for teens.

There’s much more to straight teeth than aesthetics. Learn why straight teeth are important to yours and your teen’s oral health and wellness.

How easy is it to brush and floss crooked or crowded teeth?

Crooked teeth at any age make it much more challenging to maintain good oral hygiene. When you’re unable to thoroughly clean the surface of your teeth or floss between them, it can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis — a more serious form of gum disease that often causes permanent decay and damage.

On the other hand, when your teeth are straight and properly aligned, they’re easier to clean, which prevents decay and dental problems in the future. While this is true for both kids and adults, it’s especially important for teenagers. Learning to develop good oral hygiene habits at home is essential for them when they’re away at college, or living independently — when you’re not there to remind them to brush and floss every day.

The goal for all of our patients is to help you have the healthiest, straightest smile that lasts a  lifetime. Teen Invisalign is a proactive way to get properly aligned teeth and to ensure your child’s best chances for excellent oral health and a fresh, clean mouth.

Oral health is a window to your overall health

Most people are unaware of the connection between oral health and overall health, but it’s a significant one. According to the Mayo Clinic, oral health is a “window to your overall health.”

Even a healthy mouth full of properly aligned teeth contains bacteria. Daily brushing and flossing keep this bacteria under control, and when your teeth are straight, this task becomes almost effortless.

When the bacteria in your mouth run rampant, as is often the case in areas of overlapping or overcrowded teeth, it can lead to excessive plaque buildup along your gums and periodontal disease. Bacteria along your gums can also cause inflammation and may play a role in certain systemic diseases like diabetes or a weakened immune system.

Adopting a good oral health routine and making an investment in Invisalign so your teenager can enjoy the many aesthetic and health benefits of straighter teeth is essentially an investment in their long-term health and well-being. Plus, when you allow Dr. Willis to create a customized Invisalign treatment plan for your teen, you’re setting them up to enjoy the numerous aesthetic bonuses — like a boost in self-esteem — that come with having a more beautiful, healthier smile.

Straightening your teen’s teeth with Invisalign is an ideal solution

With the advances in orthodontics over the last few decades, nearly anyone can get straighter, more perfectly aligned teeth without the hassle or unattractive appearance of metal braces. The Invisalign system is an ideal aligning system for teens.

Practically invisible, yet highly effective

Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible, yet highly effective at straightening teeth and correcting a variety of common orthodontic problems. Through a series of custom-made, durable plastic trays that fit snugly in your teen’s mouth, teeth gradually shift into their desired position. Best of all, your kids can take the aligners out to brush their teeth, eat, and drink; for school pictures; or to attend the prom, all without feeling self-conscious that they have a mouth full of metal.  

Easily removable for good oral hygiene

Invisalign makes it super easy for your teen to brush and floss and even improve their oral hygiene routine. Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, keeping teeth and gums healthy during the average Invisalign treatment time of just 12-18 months, has never been simpler or more convenient.

Teen Invisalign is great for you, as a parent, too, since you won’t have to worry about broken wires or loose brackets that require emergency orthodontist appointments at inconvenient times.

The goal of Invisalign for your teen is to create straighter, aligned teeth, that reduce the difficulty of keeping them clean, which of course, potentially leads to better oral health and improves overall wellness long term. If your teen has been resistant to necessary orthodontic treatments because the thought of wearing metal braces is unappealing, introduce them to the Invisalign system. Invisalign could be the start of a healthier mouth for life.

Call our Washington, DC office today to schedule a consultation, or book online.

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