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The Road to a Selfie-Ready Smile for Your Teen

October 3rd, 2017

Remember when your kid was little and you’d yell “Say cheese!” before snapping a photo? All those goofy smiles. As your child has grown into a teen, does he still smile for photos? A big, real smile showing his teeth?

All parents want their teenagers to be happy, confident and feel good about themselves. The teen years are rough! Those years of feelings awkward and insecure – don’t remind me! They say our smiles are the gateways to our hearts, but many of us are too insecure about our teeth to let our smiles shine.  Now more than ever, we have options to get your teen that selfie-ready smile before they’re off to college.

Two main questions parents and teens have about orthodontics are:

  1.     Will it hurt?
  2.     How long will this take?

Think of your options as the settings on your GPS. Whether your teen prefers the fastest route or the more enjoyable scenic route, we will get him or her to their destination of a straighter smile.

Fastest route

If your teen is of the mindset that the quicker the better, then braces and AcceleDent® is the way to go. You may not be familiar with AcceleDent, an orthodontics system that goes over the braces for 20 minutes each day to accelerate the work the braces are doing by up to 50%. The exclusive SoftPulse Technology's® precisely-calibrated micropulses gently accelerate the movement of your teeth as guided by your orthodontics...Which means shorter time in braces!

Scenic route

If your teen is concerned about how she will look with metal braces or that braces will restrict her too much, she should ask about Invisalign® Teen. Invisalign aligners are made of nearly invisible clear plastic. Some teens also like that the aligners are removable so they can eat whatever they want.

There is no right or wrong answer – it’s a matter of which treatment process is right for your teen. The great news is that you have options! Click or call us today at any of our 3 convenient locations: East Boise, Eagle or Meridian.  (208) 383-0100 to schedule a complimentary consultation and get your teen a straighter smile by college!

 

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5 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN TEEN®

June 8th, 2017

Many parents know about Invisalign®, the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces. But I’m often asked for more information about Invisalign® Teen.

In short, rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth, a result of precise images I take with the sophisticated iTero Element Scanner. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners periodically—most often every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place.

Here are the answers to the top five questions I’m asked about Invisalign Teen. I hope you find it helpful!

1. INVISALIGN TEEN CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES.

When worn according to the customized plan I set in place, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces. In fact, the chances are very high your teen will be a candidate for Invisalign as it can treat many of the common issues we see. Call us at (718) 848-6900 to set up an appointment to find out for sure.

2. THERE ARE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES.

With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports, musical instruments and eat their favorite foods without the worry that braces will get in the way. Plus, it’s much easier to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

3. AN INVISIBLE SOLUTION CAN BOOST CONFIDENCE.

Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about their smile—and their appearance in general. Wearing braces can often make this lack of confidence even worse. Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of anxiety, giving them more confidence during what can be a challenging time in their lives.

In fact, a recent study found that only 22% of teens feel that wearing braces does/will boost their self-esteem; whereas, nearly half of teens report wearing Invisalign does/will boost their self-esteem (47%). Likewise, 40% of Teens reported that wearing braces would/does negatively impact their self-confidence during treatment; whereas, only 13% of Teens reported the same about wearing Invisalign aligners.

4. YOUR TEEN HAS TO WEAR THE ALIGNERS MOST OF THE DAY.

Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every two weeks. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners have blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed so I can track compliance.

5. YOU’LL SPEND LESS TIME AT MY OFFICE THAN WITH TRADITIONAL BRACES.

Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no brackets to re-glue and no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks.

Invisalign is just one of the clear solutions we offer at Jacob Jarvis Orthodontics. Come in for a free consultation and we’ll figure out whether Invisalign, Damon Clear or Acceledent is the best option of treatment plan for your child.

Call us today at any of our 3 convenient locations: East Boise, Eagle or Meridian. (208) 383-0100 And visit our website at jarvisortho.com