You’ve probably heard of the modern approach to teeth straightening that requires wearing clear aligners to shift your teeth into better position. This nearly invisible method is appealing to people of all ages, but it is especially tempting to teenagers.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign’s clear aligners can be removed from your mouth for easy dental care. Simply remove the aligners, and brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. The aligners also may be removed for special occasions like school pictures, prom, or graduation. The ability to control when you’re wearing the aligners is especially appealing to teens. However, remember that for the fastest results, the clear braces should be worn for about 22 hours daily.
These clear braces have no restrictions on eating foods like popcorn or pizza or candy, since there are no concerns about breaking a wire or bracket. Also, teens find that Invisalign aligners are comfortable and durable. Typically, they don’t get in the way of extracurricular activities like playing an instrument or sport.
Invisalign Teen offers a wear indicator designed specifically for teenagers. Each aligner has a small blue indicator on it. When it’s time to move on to the next set of aligners in the treatment plan, the color changes and your teen knows to switch aligners. Adhering to the schedule for changing aligners is crucial to the success of treatment, so this provides great reassurance that your teen is sticking to the program.
Invisalign Teen is made to compensate for your teen’s growth of new teeth or molars. This includes wisdom teeth, which affects many teenagers. Plus, up to six free replacement aligners are included with Invisalign Teen for lost or broken aligners. It’s important to parents and teens alike to know that there is a backup for broken or lost aligners.
Only your orthodontist can determine if Invisalign Teen is right for your child, but it’s one option that you may want to investigate to achieve a beautiful smile while keeping your teen happy.