Teenagers are known for being extra particular about their appearance, which can present a problem when it comes time to see the orthodontist. Many teens don’t want to have to endure months or years with their smiles obscured by metal appliances, especially when important events like senior pictures or homecoming are on the horizon.
Invisalign Teen offers image-conscious teens an effective alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment. This system is based on the same technology as the popular Invisalign system, but tailored for teenagers’ needs.
Invisalign Teen offers image-conscious teens an effective alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment.
Like its counterpart for adult patients, Invisalign Teen repositions the teeth via clear plastic trays instead of brackets and wires. The trays can be removed, and patients must switch to a different tray every other week or so, as directed by the orthodontist.
In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing, Invisalign doesn’t interfere with a teen’s daily routine or social schedule, either. Because patients can take out the trays, they can continue to enjoy all of their favorite foods and maintain a typical oral hygiene routine. There’s no need to navigate floss between the wire and the gumline. Patients also can continue to participate in sports and play their musical instruments in the band.
In order to get the best results, teens must be sure to swap out the Invisalign trays on the schedule provided by the orthodontist. This generally happens every two weeks. Patients also should wear the trays at least 20 hours per day for the system to work. Mom and dad can help with these efforts too with gentle reminders.
Many patients feel that Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces thanks to the absence of brackets and their sharp corners. No wires will break free and poke a patient’s cheek, either.
Invisalign Teen will fit in nicely with your appearance-conscious teen’s active lifestyle, so if you’re looking for an alternative to braces, discuss this option with our orthodontists at Bunn Orthodontic Group today.