Invisalign® for Teens
Invisalign® (clear aligners) for teens is a relatively new and popular orthodontic treatment that provides a discreet alternative to traditional braces. As a parent or a teenager considering orthodontic options, you’ll find invisible aligners to be a compelling choice due to its unique benefits and features.
1. Nearly invisible for enhanced esthetics
First and foremost, the clear aligners used in Invisalign are virtually invisible, making them an excellent choice for self-conscious teenagers who may feel uncomfortable wearing traditional metal braces. This aesthetic advantage can significantly boost a teenager’s confidence during the treatment process.
2. Removeable, making oral hygiene easier and fewer diet restrictions
Another significant advantage of Invisalign for teens is its removable nature. The aligners are to be taken out during meals, which means there are essentially no food restrictions as is the case with braces. This allows teenagers to continue enjoying their favorite foods without worrying about damaging brackets or wires. Additionally, proper oral hygiene is more manageable since the aligners can be removed for easy brushing and flossing.
3. Comfort, no wires or brackets!
Invisalign® also offers enhanced comfort compared to traditional braces. The aligners are custom-made to fit the individual’s teeth, and there are no sharp brackets or wires that could cause discomfort or irritation to the cheeks and gums. This is especially beneficial for active teens involved in sports or other physical activities.
4. Not ideal for everyone
It’s important to note that clear aligners may not be suitable for all orthodontic cases. Severe malocclusions or complex tooth movements might still require traditional braces or other orthodontic solutions. For these cases, one might consider clear braces or “tooth colored braces.”
5. Continuous monitoring by your orthodontist
Regular check-ups with the orthodontist are necessary throughout the treatment, typically every six to eight weeks. During these visits, the orthodontist will provide new sets of aligners and monitor progress, making adjustments as needed to ensure the teeth are moving as planned.
6. Compliance is key!
One possible concern with clear aligners is that its success relies heavily on the teen’s compliance. The aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours a day to achieve the desired results. Some teens may forget to wear them consistently, which could prolong the treatment process or compromise the effectiveness of the treatment.
In summary, clear aligners are a very esthetic alternative to braces for teens and adults. If you would like to see if your child is a candidate for invisible aligners please setup a free exam.
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