Braces and Invisalign: School Activities

Being a teenager is difficult enough without limiting their ability to do what activities they love. Dr. McSurdy is dedicated to making braces or Invisalign as easy and straightforward as possible. We employ innovative products and the latest technology to ensure our patients have the best experience possible without a drastic change of lifestyle.

Let’s talk about some of the activities students in our area participate in, and ways they can work those activities into their lives while on an orthodontic treatment plan.

How Do School Activities Impact Braces or Invisalign?

Between volleyball and marching band at Boyertown Area Senior High and Middle Schools, basketball and field hockey at Perkiomen Valley High School College and soccer at Methacton High School, orthodontic care can be a challenge for athletes and musicians alike.

Traditional braces utilize metal brackets and wires to systematically straighten teeth. When playing basketball, field hockey, soccer or volleyball our doctors suggest a mouth guard to protect your braces and mouth when playing contact sports. Playing a wind instrument can be difficult, however, it isn’t impossible. Our experienced Orthodontists will go over all the options and ways to make playing these instruments more comfortable.

Invisalign or Invisalign Teen is by far the easiest form of orthodontic care for teenagers that engage in ANY of the above activities. Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, doing away with the need for mouth guards or specialized equipment to be involved in extracurricular school activities.

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FAQ for Teens

How many hours a day does my teen wear the Invisalign aligner? We recommend wearing aligners for 22 hours a day for maximum benefit. Removing only to eat, brush and participate in extracurricular activities.

Are there any diet restrictions with braces and Invisalign? Because you can remove the Invisalign aligner, there are no diet restrictions with Invisalign. As for traditional braces, your child should avoid sticky, hard or chewy foods as they can loosen or break brackets.

Which orthodontic care is more effective? Each treatment has similar effectiveness ratings. It has more to do with the flexibility you get from Invisalign.

How much do braces and/or Invisalign cost? Cost of each treatment depends largely on the amount of work and correction needed. That being said, Invisalign and traditional braces cost close to the same amount.

Schedule Your Obligation Free Consultation

With so many options for orthodontic care, it really comes down to personal preference. Collegeville and Gilbertsville teens choose The Smile Specialists because of our stellar reputation. As a top 1% Invisalign provider, we have helped hundreds of teens achieve their perfect smiles through the best orthodontic care. We accept most major dental insurance and have 0% financing options available for the utmost affordability and convenience. We are your one stop shop for braces and Invisalign. To schedule your free smile analysis, simply fill out our online form or call 610-489-6032.