Invisalign® for Teens
Metal braces have long been the go-to treatment for correcting the alignment of your teeth. This treatment uses small metal brackets, which are bonded to the fronts of your teeth, and metal wires. Traditionally, the wires have been affixed to the brackets using elastic O-rings. Today, we also offer Damon braces. With these braces, the wires are attached using small doors in the brackets, which contain a sliding mechanism to self-tighten.
While metal braces are still very popular, and very effective, there are several significant disadvantages. One of the biggest disadvantages is that they are very visible. For your teen, this can be extremely embarrassing. One of the last things most teens want to be remembered for is having a shiny metal smile. Metal braces can also be uncomfortable. The brackets can rub your cheeks, causing sores. If the wires come loose or break, they can also poke your intraoral tissues, which can cause pain.
We can provide your teen with an alternative to metal braces with Invisalign. Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to correct the alignment of your teeth rather than brackets and wires. The aligners are made to sit over your teeth much like a mouth guard. Once on the teeth, they disappear from view.
In addition to being completely clear, Invisalign aligners are removable. While removable, they should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day for optimal results in the least amount of time. The only times the aligners should be removed is when your teen eats or when they brush their teeth.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign aligners are custom created for your teen. We take a digital impression of their mouth. Their treatment will involve the use of several sets of aligners. Each set is made to be worn for two weeks. Every set is slightly different from the one before it, which allows for the gradual, gentle movement of their teeth. Depending upon their specific situation, your teen may go through 18 to 30 sets by the end of their treatment.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign can provide your teen with several benefits. These include
|•||Much more discreet treatment. The aligners are invisible. Your teen will not have to worry about hiding their mouth from their friends or while having pictures taken.
|•||The aligners are removable. Your teen can eat all of their favorite foods, and they do not have to worry about what they can and cannot eat while out with friends or on a date.
|•||Easier oral care. Your teen can brush and floss as normal.
|•||Fewer office visits. Your teen is given several sets of aligners at a time, reducing the total number of office visits. This means less disruption in their, and your, busy schedule.
|•||Shorter treatment. Treatment with Invisalign is generally shorter, taking between 9 and 15 months on average. Many patients can achieve results in under a year.|
With Invisalign, we can help your teen to achieve their most beautiful smile in an incredibly discreet manner. For more information, and to find out if Invisalign is right for your teen, call Sawrie Orthodontics at (423) 624-8217 today.