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Oral Care Tips for Teens wearing Invisalign

invisalign Royal Dental Houston TXMany of our child and teen patients begin treatment programs during the summer months. If your teen started his or her Invisalign treatment this summer, one of the important aspects to address before school starts is how to keep teeth, gums, and the mouth optimally healthy once academic and extracurricular activities are in full swing.

Invisalign is an appealing method of straightening teeth largely because there are no braces involved. There may be small “buttons” that are used here and there to prompt certain types of movement, but that is about it; and patients love this about the Invisalign system! Not only are there no braces – meaning brackets and wires – in the Invisalign treatment plan, the aligners that are used to move teeth are removable. This creates a whole lot of convenience and freedom. It can also create some misconceptions about oral hygiene.

Let’s Talk Teeth
There are really no circumstances under which taking care of teeth becomes less important. There are, however, circumstances that call for heightened attention to hygiene. Invisalign treatment is one of them. This is true even though aligners are removed for brushing and flossing, and here’s why.

Invisalign aligners work by gently forcing teeth into alignment, just like conventional orthodontia. These aligners, however, fit completely around teeth, front and back, up to the gum line. Teeth are covered nearly 100% of the time. This can create prime conditions for oral bacteria to accumulate on and in between teeth. The only way this is inhibited is by brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

Invisalign patients do themselves a huge favor by brushing frequently; after every meal, if possible. For the teen in school, this means there is a need to carry a toothbrush in a backpack or purse. It could be challenging to have teens brush while at school. The alternative, if hygiene is optimal at home, is to rinse the mouth well after meals away from home.

Taking great care of teeth during Invisalign treatment means less chance of decay and gingivitis. It can also help a teen (or adult patient) maintain fresh breath, a vital aspect of human interaction!

Teens have enough concerns without having to worry about crooked, unhealthy teeth. Learn how Invisalign can help your teen get a better smile. Call our Houston office at (713) 330-7700.

oral health in houston tx | Royal Dental When our children are quite young, we are mindful about just about every aspect of care they need. We feed at certain times, put them to bed when they need a nap, feed them healthy foods, and we take care of their growing teeth by brushing them. As babies grown into toddlers, and then into school aged children, they are progressively given more responsibilities. One place that you may be surprised to learn your child still needs help is in the area of oral care.

Cleaning Children’s Teeth

Did you know your child will need help brushing and flossing well beyond the time she starts going to school? Most children simply do not have the motor skills, nor the understanding and discipline, to care for their teeth without the assistance of a parent until about the age of 10. This does not mean that you have to insist on doing the job for your child. What it means is that they are best served if you continue to follow up on their brushing every single day. Check out their teeth, and encourage them to brush with proper technique by demonstrating this for them.

Sugar, the Dreaded Destroyer of Teeth

As you mentally prepare menus and school lunches for your children, you may be thinking of ways to cut sugar from their daily meals. Instead of sugary drinks, you may fill their lunch boxes with real juice, or with a sports drink that is low in sugar. While sugar consumption should be limited, it isn’t sugar, necessarily, that causes cavities. It is acid. Guess what has loads and loads of acid? Sports drinks and fruit juice. You may not have to completely cut out these items, but you should teach your child to rinse out her mouth after meals. This way, sugar and acid residue from food and drinks is diluted.

Additional Help

You and your child do not have to “go at it alone” when it comes to managing oral health once school has started. There are treatments, such as dental sealants and fluoride varnish, that can mitigate the factors that lead to cavities. Dental sealants, for instance, block debris from collecting in the deep pits that are present on the chewing surface of back teeth.

Gearing up for school means getting ready for busy schedules and much more. We can help you protect your children’s teeth. Schedule checkups and cleanings at Royal Dental today.

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