Invisalign® for Teens
The Disadvantages of Metal BracesMetal 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.
Treatment with InvisalignWe 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 WorksInvisalign 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 InvisalignInvisalign can provide your teen with several benefits. These include
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.