Clear Lake Dental Care Team

Another Way To Get Your Teen’s Teeth In Line

Imagine two teenagers who know that they would need orthodontic treatment in the near future.

Each of their parents had braces when they were younger. As soon as they lost their baby teeth, both teens have been told to expect to have braces as they got older.

Now, that time has arrived, and they are beginning their treatment.

Tracy is getting braces from her dentist.

Traci is coming to Clear Lake Dental Care in Webster, TX, where she is beginning orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

Tracy’s Experience With Braces

Tracy’s parents both had braces when they were younger. Today, their teeth look nice and straight, and they want Tracy to have a smile that helps her feel confident as she gets older.

Because of this, they never considered any alternatives to braces.

Her parents had talked to her about what it was like to have braces, but feeling them on her teeth was something else. The tightness on her teeth was more than what she was expecting.

But that wasn’t the worst part. Her dentist explained that she would need to avoid certain foods until her treatment was over.

She wasn’t supposed to eat popcorn, nuts, or hard tacos (her favorite food). She had to give up corn chips and crunchy cookies. She also was warned to stop chewing on ice.

Any of those things could cause her brackets to come loose or her wires to bend or break.

Tracy also learned that brushing or flossing her teeth would be a little different, too. The dentist showed her what she needed to do, and she realizes it would take some time to get used to this new way of cleaning her teeth.

After a few days, the pain on her teeth went away, but Tracy learned that was short-lived. Every time she returned to the dentist to have her braces adjusted, the pain would return for a few days, too.

After the third adjustment, she started to wonder if she could do this for another two years (which is how long the dentist estimated that her treatment would take).

Traci’s Experience With Invisalign

Traci’s parents had worn braces, too. They both remembered how miserable that time had been. They didn’t want their daughter to have the same experience.

Before they did anything, they started researching different kinds of braces. Traci’s dad said one of his co-workers mentioned “clear braces” as an option.

At first, he thought that would be same as the ceramic braces he had read about before, but it turned up Invisalign instead. He learned that this was a newer orthodontic option than braces, although it has been used for about 20 years.

Invisalign had proven effective on a number of alignment problems, including crossbites, open bites, underbites, and teeth with gaps between them. It would work on Traci’s issues too — crooked and crowded teeth with a slight overbite.

Traci’s parents showed them what they had found and asked if she would be interested in wearing clear plastic aligners instead of braces. They told her they could only look into it if she would be responsible enough to wear them like she should, and to change them when needed.

Traci insisted that she could be trusted with Invisalign. Based on what she had heard from her parents and her friends, she really had not been looking forward to wearing braces.

They found Clear Lake Dental Care when they were searching for a local dentist office that offered Invisalign.

The dentist examined Traci and determined that she would be a great candidate for Invisalign. The dentist made an impression when was used to design her aligners.

When the aligners were ready, the dentist showed her how to put them in and take them out. She was told that she needed to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day.

During those other two hours, Traci could remove her aligners to eat (so she didn’t haven’t to give up any of her favorite foods) and to brush and floss her teeth.

The aligners felt a little odd for the first few days, but it didn’t talk long before Traci got used to having them. In fact, she stopped noticing they were on her teeth.

And the best part is she would only need them for about 12 months. That is, as long as she wore the aligners like she was supposed and changed them when she should.

Which Would You Prefer?

If you were about to start orthodontic care, would you rather go through Tracy’s time with braces or Traci’s time with Invisalign?

If you would like to learn more about how your teen can straighten his or her teeth without brackets and wires, contact Clear Lake Dental Care if you live in or near Webster, TX. You can schedule a consultation with one of our dentists by calling 281-500-9877 or by filling out our online form.

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