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Invisalign® vs Braces for Teens

Teenagers often have concerns about their appearance when they find out they need braces. For this, they can choose between clear or tooth-colored braces instead of metal braces or in some cases they may also have the option to wear invisible aligners if eligible.

Invisible aligners are almost undetectable, there no wires or brackets for people to see. They are convenient because they can be removed which is great for eating, brushing, playing sports, and playing musical instruments. Both Invisalign® and traditional braces will cause some discomfort when the teeth move, however, invisible aligners are more comfortable on a day to day basis since there are no wires or brackets in the mouth. Teens with clear or metal braces may need check ups by our orthodontist every month, while those with Invisalign® may not require as many follow-up appointments but will be required to change their aligners every two weeks.

While Invisalign® may seem like a great option to some teens over traditional braces, they are not suitable for every orthodontic problem and require strict compliance in order to work. They need to be worn at least 22 hours every day but removed for eating and cleaning. Also, the wearer needs to brush after every meal to avoid staining and tooth decay.

Let us help you better understand the options for your teen! To schedule a FREE consultation today, you can contact Dr. Danilee Baldwin at Redmond Orthodontics in Redmond, Wa.

When to Consider Braces for Kids

Problems with the teeth and jaw may be caused by thumb-sucking, injury and losing baby teeth too early. But the main cause is genetic. These problems are typically inherited from one of the parents or grandparents. If someone in your family needed braces, one or more of your children may also need braces

While there is no set age for a first visit to the orthodontist, it is recommended to have a child’s teeth checked between 7 and 10 years old. However, some people have their first visit when they are teenagers. Getting an initial consultation does not mean your child will need treatment or get braces immediately. It all depends on the situation.

During a child’s first visit at Redmond Orthodontics, the teeth, gums and bite will be examined during our free consultation with Dr. Baldwin. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for your child!

Benefits of the iTero Scanner

The iTero scanner is a powerful handheld scanner or wand that’s lightweight and easy to maneuver. The wand generates detailed 3D views of a patient’s mouth, and is capable of snapping up to 6,000 frames per second! The technician or orthodontist simply moves the scanner over the teeth and gums of a patient and the images are displayed in real time on a computer screen. The digital impressions can be rotated, toggled, zoomed and manipulated in various ways that yield unique perspectives to help create a custom treatmen plans for a patient. The digital impressions are sent to external laboratories where they are printed and/or appliances are custom made.

At Redmond Orthodontics, Dr. Baldwin enjoys the benefits of the Itero scanner each day. It provides a much higher level of accuracy in the design of braces, invisible aligners, and retainers, and it is so much more comfortable for patients. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and ask us about our Itero scanner!

Never too late for Braces – Adult Treatment Options

Many individuals are so self-conscious about their teeth that they are reluctant to smile. Also, it can be difficult to bite or chew food properly, and in some situations, teeth may be more susceptible to decay due to issue with bite functionality.

Some adults are reluctant to get braces because they don’t want other to notice or draw attention to themselves. It is important to keep in mind that braces are much smaller now and there are more discreet options available such as clear braces and invisible clear aligners such as Invisalign.

It’s never too late for adult orthodontic treatment, please contact us today at Redmond Orthodontics, to schedule a FREE initial consultation!