Invisalign Teen can be a great treatment option for teens who want a straighter smile. Because the teeth are repositioned with a progressive series of clear plastic trays, rather than brackets and wires, this treatment has minimal effects on the smile’s appearance. This aspect of Invisalign is particularly attractive to ultra image-conscious teens. If you are interested in Invisalign treatment for your teen, the first step is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.
That specialist will evaluate your teen’s smile, taking x-rays and dental impressions, if necessary, to determine the changes that must be made in order to achieve the desired results. Even fairly severe problems, like malocclusions and significant crowding, can now be treated with Invisalign, although some issues may be more effectively addressed by conventional braces. The orthodontist can advise you which approach is recommended in your teen’s case.
If it is determined that Invisalign is likely to be effective for your teen and you decide to pursue this treatment, that information gathered at the first appointment will be used to inform the design of the Invisalign trays, which apply pressure to the teeth and bone in order to get the teeth to shift into their ideal positions.
Invisalign is much more convenient and comfortable than traditional orthodontic treatment. There are no sharp-edged brackets or wires that can break free and poke the tender soft tissues of the mouth. The trays can be removed at mealtime and for oral hygiene purposes, so that patients don’t need to give up their favorite foods or adjust their oral hygiene routines to accommodate orthodontic appliances.
For the greater convenience of Invisalign technology, patients must contribute by taking on greater responsibility. It is essential for your teen to wear the trays for the recommended amount of time (typically around 22 hours a day) and to change to new trays according to the described schedule. This will keep your teen on track for getting a straighter smile in the specified timeline.
Would you like to see if Invisalign might be a good fit for your teen? Contact our office to schedule an initial evaluation to learn more about this treatment and its benefits for patients.