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Consider Clear Aligners Instead of Braces for Your Teen

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Your teenager is about to take a big step toward better health and a more attractive appearance — orthodontic treatment. You both know the benefits: better chewing function, lower risk of dental disease, and, of course, a straighter and more beautiful smile.

But your teen might also dread the next couple of years of wearing braces. And it’s hard to blame them: although they’re effective, wearing braces restricts eating certain snacks and foods, they require extra time and effort for brushing and flossing, and they’re often uncomfortable to wear. And of high importance to a teenager, they may feel embarrassed to wear them.

But over the last couple of decades a braces alternative has emerged: clear aligners. This form of bite correction requires fewer food restrictions, allows greater ease in hygiene, and is considered more attractive than braces. In fact, most observers won’t notice them when a wearer smiles.

Clear aligners are a series of clear plastic trays created by computer that are worn in a certain sequence. During wear each tray exerts pressure on the teeth to gradually move them in the desired direction. The patient wears a single tray for two weeks and then changes to the next tray in the sequence, which will be slightly different than the previous tray. At the end of the process, the teeth will have been moved to their new positions.

Clear aligners aren’t appropriate for all bite problems. When they are, though, they offer a couple of advantages over braces. Unlike braces, a wearer can remove the aligner to brush and floss their teeth or for rare, special or important social occasions. And, of course, their appearance makes them less likely to cause embarrassment while wearing them.

In recent years, design improvements have increased the kinds of bites aligners can be used to correct. For example, they now often include “power ridges,” tiny features that precisely control the amount and direction of pressure applied to the teeth. They’ve also become thinner and more comfortable to wear.

If you’re interested in clear aligners as a treatment option, talk with your orthodontist about whether your teen is a good candidate. If so, they could make orthodontic treatment for achieving a more attractive and healthy smile less of an ordeal.

If you would like more information on clear aligners as an orthodontic option, please contact us by calling (815) 741-1700 for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for Teens.”

10 Reasons Why You Should Choose Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics, PC

Ten great reasons why patients are choosing Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics, PC to care for their oral health:

  1. Rarely a need for an outside referral because the majority of specialists are within the practice.
  2. Accept and are in network with most insurance providers and accept many discount plans.
  3. Staff that goes out of there way for the patients to help make patients comfortable.
  4. Offer a variety of locations and extending office hours for your convenience.
  5. High-tech, up-to-date, state-of-the-art technology equipment to give you an accurate diagnosis.
  6. Great hygiene experience and excellent patient care with every hygienist.
  7. Office is very accommodating to our patients and we truly care about our patients.
  8. Our offices and staff are very dynamic and can accommodate almost every dental need.
  9. Offers an on-site denture lab at one of the locations to expedite repairs.
  10. Doctors provide the highest quality care to each and every patient.