12 year old daughter getting invisalign braces

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12 year old daughter getting invisalign braces

#1 Postby chelseaS » Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:07 pm

hi my daughter is getting invisalign braces and she is only 12 are they good for kids her age or should she get regular barces please write back so im not waisting my money on these

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#2 Postby halloweengirl94 » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:04 am

i am 13. and i am getting invisalign soon.
i am super excited about it!

i think they are a great choice!

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#3 Postby DotDotDot » Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:25 pm

No, I do not think this is a good idea. Besides, she is 12 I'm sure she is pretty or cute. She will look cute with braces!

I say traditional braces for her!

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#4 Postby bbsadmin » Sun Aug 24, 2008 8:49 am

Here are my 2cents on the subject:

Invisalign is not really a good idea for non-adults because the aligners are removable, which means your child has the opportunity to take them out and lose them, or just not wear them properly because they may become a nusance after the initial novelty wears off. It's hard enough to get your kid to keep track of a retainer that is only worn at night. Keeping track of aligners that are worn 24/7 for a year or two could get complicated for even the most responsible child.

Invisalign is not recommended for people with complicated cases where extractions are needed or there are severe bite issues. There are many people who have posted on this board over the years who have started out with Invisalign and have ended up in traditional braces anyway. Some people who didn't have bite issues before Invisalign wound up having bite issues afterward.

Dentists and orthodontists make an investment in offering Invisalign to their patients. This doesn't mean that it is the best method for straightening the teeth. A good orthodontist will recognize this and NOT offer it when it is NOT appropriate. Also, understand that a dentist who has "been trained in Invisalign" may not have all the proper training in tooth movement and bite correction that an orthodontist does.

Please don't think that I'm totally anti-Invisalign -- I'm not. It does work for adults who need only MINOR corrections, under the supervision of an experienced ORTHODONTIST (not a dentist who "does braces.")

If I were you, I'd get 2 or 3 additional opinions. If your daughter and her orthodontist are dead set on Invisalign, you should find out what would happen if it wasn't working (if she kept losing the aligners or not wearing it properly). Would the orthodontist switch her to regular braces for no extra charge -- or would it cost you extra?
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#5 Postby purpleteeth » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:23 pm

I totally agree with what others have said, especially when it comes to compliance. Is your daughter mature enough to handle Invisilgn braces?

I know that as an adult, I still don't do everything perfectly. I don't always brush and floss when I'm supposed to - I'm human. I drink soda and don't brush and if I floss a couple of times a week, it's a great week! Invisilgn come with more responsiblity almost than traditional braces.

I can't say you are making a mistake, but I wouldn't recommend them for a 12yr old.

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#6 Postby chelseaS » Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:47 am

Hi everyone i am the 12 year old and i got mine a week ago so far the process is going good i have no trouble with them because i am pretty organized. I don't forget to take them out to brush or eat and i always remember to put them in but i am worried because next week tuesday i start school and i wont be able to brush my teeth in school any suggestions.

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#7 Postby chelseaS » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:10 pm

Meryaten wrote:1. stop telling lies (either this more recent post or your first is plainly a lie, and that's rude to us)
2. it's not impossible to brush your teeth at school.

Exscuse me i am not telling lies,i am telling the truth and if you do not believe me or my mother then i can't help the fact that you don't believe me

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#8 Postby jaswi » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:18 pm

Meryaten wrote:1. stop telling lies (either this more recent post or your first is plainly a lie, and that's rude to us)
2. it's not impossible to brush your teeth at school.

Quoted for truth.

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