Star Aligners vs Traditional Braces

If you are looking into orthodontics options for your teen, it is important to consider Star Aligners vs. traditional braces for teens. You should also know what both solutions look like on a daily basis. Essentially, any orthodontic solution will move teeth by applying pressure. This pressure has to be placed on the right teeth at the right time so that gradually, 

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE LIFESTYLE DIFFERENCES WITH INVISALIGN® VS. TRADITIONAL BRACES FOR TEENS:

 

COSTS –

At Scott Eichhorn DDS PA, we know that the cost of orthodontics is relatively the same, whether your teen gets braces or Star Aligners. We can give you a full breakdown and discuss payment options when you come in for a consultation.

 

TIME –

If school attendance is important for your teen than Star Aligners are their best option. They will miss fewer days from school for dental appointments because we only need to see them once every four to six weeks. With traditional braces, some patients need to come in every two to four weeks.

 

AESTHETICS –

When it comes to appearance, nothing beats clear Star Aligners. Keep this in mind when comparing Stars vs. traditional braces for teens. The aligners are clear, so hardly anyone will notice that they are wearing them. The biggest aesthetic benefit is that as their teeth begin to move, their smile will look better. Being able to see an improvement quickly will help your teen to feel encouraged to keep up with the process, knowing that their smile will only get more and more attractive.

 

EATING –

In our 72543 dental office, one of the biggest concerns we hear from teens (especially the hungry ones) is that wearing orthodontics will impact their daily diet. We know that most of our younger patients are fairly particular in what they eat and at the very least, have multiple favorite foods. If things like pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches, and popcorn are on their “must have” list than Star Aligners are a far better option than braces. When wearing traditional metal braces, teens have to eat carefully. You cannot simply bite into a burger or sandwich and if you do, you will have a ton of food stuck in between your teeth. For teens, and adults, this can be completely embarrassing. Many teens change what they eat while wearing braces while others simply don’t eat in public. Both can be inconvenient and silly when Stars provides a better way. Since the Star Aligners are designed to come out while eating, your teen can eat whatever they want without worrying about how they look or their orthodontics becoming damaged. This means that life can continue on like normal, without the annoying adjustments that teens don’t enjoy.

 

ORAL HYGIENE –

Another factor to compare when evaluating Star Aligners vs. traditional braces for teens is oral hygiene. This is a big deal because, as a dentist, we do not want any of our patients to suffer from decay and as a parent, you do not want your child to end up with a bunch of cavities. At Scott Eichhorn DDS PA, our solution is to provide teens with Stars instead of braces. When wearing braces, the risk for decay naturally goes up because it is harder to keep teeth clean. With Stars, the aligners come out while brushing so their oral hygiene routine can remain virtually the same. The only slight difference is that the aligners need to be brushed with warm water and a soft toothbrush before being put back in. Dr. Eichhorn can also recommend a special cleaning solution but otherwise, the process is the same as always and completely easy. If your teen gets braces instead, they will need to use a special flossing tool and a brush that looks like a tree to get the food particles and plaque off of the area around the brackets. This has to be repeated for every tooth so you can imagine how much longer it will take.

 

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES –

Don’t forget school activities when comparing Star Aligners vs. traditional braces for teens. At Scott Eichhorn DDS PA, we have found that the majority of our patients do more than simply go to school. They are in the band, choir, play sports, act in the school play, etc. In other words – they are busy. Braces can interfere with this because they can be uncomfortable and make it difficult to play an instrument. They can also create a hazard when playing high-impact sports. Fortunately, Stars do not. The aligners can be removed during any of these activities so that your teen does not have to sacrifice anything to straighten their teeth. They will be far happier with the process as a result. If you are unsure about a specific activity and how StarAligners could impact it, visit our Heber Springs, AR dental office to speak with Dr. Eichhorn.

 

AFTER BRACES –

Once your teen is done wearing clear aligners or traditional braces they will need to wear a retainer. It is normal and few, if any, can escape this reality. The reason is simple. Teeth can revert back to their old position, if only slightly. Wearing a retainer at night, can help to keep teeth in the correct and improved position. The good news is that your teen will be so used to wearing their aligners, a retainer will not seem like a big deal. In our 72543 dental office, we can explain the various options for retainers but typically recommend a clear, full retainer that closely resembles the aligners they are accustomed to.

 

 

Call our Heber Springs, Arkansas dental office at 501-362-0550 to discuss this solution in further detail. At Scott Eichhorn DDS PA, Dr. Eichhorn and our highly trained staff can answer your questions and help your teen to make an informed decision regarding their orthodontics treatment. We are located in the 72543 area and look forward to meeting you to discuss Star Aligners

they move into position. Both solutions do an excellent job. At the end of the day it really comes down to lifestyle, convenience, and what your teen will feel confident wearing. At Scott Eichhorn DDS PA, we welcome you to call (501) 362-0550 and schedule an appointment with our Heber Springs, AR dental office. At the appointment, we can examine your teen and let you know if Star Aligners are right for them. During this appointment, we will answer any questions that you or they have so that they can be empowered to decide how to proceed. After all, while your teen is still a child, an orthodontics treatment requires their involvement and commitment. Once we have it, their treatment will go smoothly and their smile will be transformed into something beautiful.

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DEFINITION OF DENTAL TERMINOLOGY

 

Cephalometric X-Rays

An x-ray of the head that shows whether your teeth are aligned properly and whether they are growing properly.

 

Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment usually is done when you are 6-8. The objective of interceptive orthodontic treatment is to expand your palate and make other corrections so that your later orthodontic treatment goes quicker and is less painful.

 

Lingual appliances

Orthodontic appliance fixed to the inside of your teeth. i.e. Lingual appliances are attached to the part of your teeth next to your tongue.

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