If your teen requires orthodontic treatment, Invisalign Teen may be the best option. Traditional bracket and wire braces, although comparatively effective, come with a host of issues.
Teens often struggle with the changes in their appearance, hygiene routines, and diets that come with traditional braces. Invisalign Teen provides an alternative with greater flexibility and less of an impact on your teen’s daily routine.
What Is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is intended for the treatment of orthodontic problems found in teenagers. As with Invisalign for adults, Invisalign Teen is a series of clear plastic aligners designed to slowly shift the teeth into proper position. It addresses the same issues treated with traditional braces, such as:
If Invisalign Teen is a suitable treatment for your teen’s orthodontic issue, we can take x-rays, take pictures, and create a 3D model that we send to the Invisalign lab. The lab then makes the custom Invisalign aligners from the 3D designs created by Dr Marc, which we fit and adjust during a follow-up appointment.
Your teen wears the aligners at least 22 hours per day. However, they can be removed for various activities including eating, brushing, and flossing. This makes them a much more convenient option compared to traditional braces.
Additional aligners are created and used as your teen’s orthodontic issues improve. The typical treatment length is around 12-24 months but the duration depends on the severity of the issue and your child’s adherence to wearing the aligners.
Is Invisalign Teen as Effective as Standard Metal Braces?
Yes, if your teen wears the aligners according to our recommendations, Invisalign Teen is at least as effective as traditional braces. In fact, Invisalign Teen offers several advantages over metal braces:
Most teens dislike the idea of wearing clunky metal braces. With Invisalign Teen, you can give your child a healthy smile without the need for brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic, making them less noticeable.
Invisalign Teen typically requires fewer office appointments compared to braces. The appointments also tend to be shorter, taking less time out of your busy schedule.
Teens involved with a lot of sport may also prefer Invisalign Teen over braces. The aligners are easily removable, eliminating any concerns related to extracurricular activities and sports.
Traditional braces come with a variety of food restrictions. Sticky foods and beverages may stick to the brackets, increasing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Clear aligners do not have the same restrictions. Your teen can take them out for every meal and for brushing and flossing.
Invisalign Teen allows your teenager to enjoy the same advantages provided by Invisalign clear aligners for adults. The discreet aligners gradually correct teeth alignment issues, enhancing your child’s beautiful smile.
Book an appointment at WA Dental to learn more about Invisalign Teen.