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.

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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.

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