Invisalign braces are perhaps the most popular orthodontic option for adults, but did you also know that it is great for teens? In fact, Invisalign has its own sub-type of aligners that are specifically designed for teenagers – it’s called Invisalign Teen.
Invisalign Teen looks, feels, and functions just like standard Invisalign treatments. The aligners are clear, removable, and prevent the need for brackets or wires on your teeth. The only difference is that Invisalign Teen is designed with a few other things in mind, like replacing missing alignment trays and being more adaptable to a young, active lifestyle. Investing in Invisalign Teen allows your teen to straighten their smile the same way as Invisalign adult patients, with the confidence that if something gets misplaced or broken, Invisalign will make it right.
There are lots of advantages of Invisalign Teen over conventional braces. Perhaps the most important one is the capability of maintaining an adequate oral hygiene program at home. With traditional braces, teens often don’t remove all of the plaque that is present on their teeth when they brush. This creates permanent decalcification marks on the teeth that are visible when the braces are finally removed (they typically look like white circles or lines on the teeth, where the braces were.) If oral hygiene is a concern, Invisalign can help. Since the aligners are removable, it’s easier to brush and floss adequately to prevent a significant amount of buildup from damaging the enamel.
Appointments are shorter with Invisalign Teen, because no adjustments are needed. Each set of aligners is sent home with the patient so that the check-ups with your dentist only need to happen once every 4-6 weeks. Want to find out more? Call your dentist today to find out if Invisalign Teen is something your child will benefit from.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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