Social (Media) Pressures
What is the most important result of the survey depends on what media outlet is spinning it. A lot of people focused on the fact that more than half (54%) of teens felt their lives would be better without social media. Perhaps that’s because 40% of them felt that their appearance was being judged more harshly on social media than in person.
And appearance is vital to teens. Nearly all of them (94%) felt that their appearance affected their popularity. Most of them (57%) also felt that crooked teeth were embarrassing. Compared to crooked teeth, a smaller fraction (41%) felt that braces were embarrassing. However, more than 9 in 10 (92%) felt that braces would impact their ability to fit in.
Finding the Right Orthodontics for You
There are many reasons why teens are happy that Invisalign is an option for them, and not just from a social standpoint. Many teens’ favorite foods are on the foods to avoid list for braces — pizza, popcorn, bagels, burgers — which can definitely cause problems fitting in with braces. And then there’s the problem of hygiene. For many teens, just getting them to brush their teeth can be a chore, and when you add in the comprehensive hygiene for braces, it’s even worse. (Though Invisalign has its own hygiene challenges.)
But not all teens are good candidates for Invisalign. If you’re going to commit to orthodontics, it’s important to get the solution that will give the best results for your teen, including neuromuscular orthodontics if your teen is developing TMJ (which often appears during the teenage years).