If you are a parent of a pre-teen or teenager, you know how tumultuous the relationship can get over little things. Orthodontic care can be a touchy subject for some adolescents because they fear the way they will look in traditional metal bracket-and-wire braces. For smiles that qualify, Invisalign® aligners can offer a solution for straightening the smile without sacrificing appearance. The aligners are nearly invisible in person and in photographs and can be removed at the wearer’s discretion. If you are a parent in Fort Worth, TX, who has been considering Invisalign® for your child, you may have some questions. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions from parents considering Invisalign® for their children:
Q: How Can I Make Sure They Wear The Aligners?
Invisalign® treatment is only effective if the aligners are worn for at least 22 hours a day. Parents know that getting a teenager to pick up dirty socks or clean their kitchen is a challenge, so many wonder how they can ensure that their child wears an aligner the required amount of time. One way to help is to have your orthodontist explain the importance, as well as check up on the progress at each exam. It will be noticeable if the aligner has not been worn enough. There are also timers and apps that may help act as reminders.
Q: Is a Special Diet Needed?
Invisalign® clear aligners should be removed when eating and drinking. All food and drink is fair play as long as the smile is cleaned before the aligners are returned to it. If leftover particles are left behind, an aligner can trap bacteria against the teeth creating stains and decay.
Q: Any Special Tools Needed For Cleaning?
The aligners need to also be removed for a hygiene routine, which means the smile will be normal and unobstructed for brushing and flossing.
Is Invisalign® right for my kid?
Dr. Cabal can help answer any questions you may have about Invisalign®. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.