Teenagers are tremendously image-conscious, so they may want to straighten their smiles without being saddled with unattractive metal brackets and wires. If your teen wants to get orthodontic treatment that doesn’t intrude on the smile’s appearance, look into Invisalign Teen as an alternative to conventional braces.
Invisalign Teen repositions the teeth by applying forces to them via a series of clear, plastic trays rather than brackets and wires. Your orthodontist will gather information about your smile, taking photos, x-rays or dental impressions, and then that data is considered in the design of the Invisalign Teen trays.
The underlying principles of Invisalign Teen are the same as braces, but the Invisalign Teen trays are virtually invisible to the casual observer. So, your teen doesn’t have to worry about being a “brace face” for important occasions like homecoming, senior prom, the school play or picture day.
Additionally, Invisalign Teen is much more convenient than standard braces. You’ll spend less time seeing your orthodontist, because the patient takes on the responsibility for swapping out the trays according to the assigned schedule and wearing them for an adequate amount of time each day – around 22 hours. If you are conscientious about this task, you’ll only need to come in for periodic office visits to monitor your progress.
Furthermore, the trays can be removed at mealtime and for your oral hygiene routine. Your teen won’t need to steer clear of any favorite foods (although sweet treats should always be limited for a healthier smile), and it’s much easier to keep the teeth and gums clean and minimize oral bacteria with Invisalign rather than standard orthodontic appliances. Your teen won’t be tempted to slack on brushing and flossing en route to properly positioned teeth.
Many teens will prefer Invisalign because they can look their best while they’re getting a straighter smile. If this treatment option appeals to you, contact our office to schedule an evaluation and see whether Invisalign can help you achieve your smile goals.