Studies have shown that today’s teens are under more pressure than ever, from society, from their peers and from themselves. Some of the most awkward times in a person’s life can be during puberty, between the ages of 11 and 14. It’s during this time that so many teens are getting braces.
Most orthodontists wait to begin orthodontia until a patient’s adult teeth have fully descended. This corresponds with puberty in most young people. When braces are applied at this stage, the bones of the mouth are still forming and tooth alignment issues can be corrected far more quickly than they can be corrected in adults. Unfortunately, adding the aesthetic burden of metal braces can lead many teens to feel unhappy and dissatisfied regarding their appearance.
Invisalign aligners directly address these aesthetic issues by providing teeth straightening via a series of clear plastic trays, or aligners. These aligners stay in place most of the day and straighten a teen’s teeth in stages. When one tray’s work is done, another tray takes its place.
If a teen’s adult teeth have not fully erupted, Invisalign aligners can have eruption tabs to accommodate incoming teeth. With such design features as power ridges, Invisalign can provide the high level of force needed to move even the largest tooth and its roots.
Aligners allow your teen to remove the trays while eating and brushing, keeping his or her mouth healthier. Trays must be worn as recommended, however, in order to achieve best results. Invisalign should be in the mouth a minimum of twenty-two hours a day, so your teen must be responsible and dedicated.
Ask Sherman Oaks Invisalign orthodontist Dr. Fotovat if your teen is a candidate for Invisalign. Your teen may be able to have straighter teeth without the embarrassment of being a “brace face.”
But am I too old to deal with the hassle of teeth straightening? You may be surprised to learn how little your routine will change with Invisalign. From your morning schedule, to meals, work-outs, and bedtime you can go about your day in much the same way as before you chose to beautify your smile with this state of the art treatment.
Always rushed in the morning? Simply pop out the Invisalign aligners, brush and floss normally, and pop them right back in place. To clean the aligners, you can either use the cleaning kit provided or brush and rinse with warm water. The process is easy and quick, allowing you to get out the door to your meeting or carpool in a flash.
Big lunch with clients or a special luncheon? No problem. With Invisalign, you remove the aligners during meals. No worries about spinach stuck in metal brackets and wires, or restrictions on the types of food you can eat. Enjoy your lunch with confidence.
But I love to play basketball at lunch, and soccer with my kids? If contact sports are a big part of your life, Invisalign won’t get in your way. You can leave the aligners in without concern that you might cut your mouth, or remove them if you normally wear a mouth guard when playing. Score another point for Invisalign!
I’m so tired by bedtime that I just want to fall into bed, won’t they take forever to clean? With Invisalign, no need to worry about the tedious cleaning and flossing between brackets and wires as with traditional braces. Since the aligners are removed for oral hygiene tasks, you can simply brush and floss your teeth normally, and then brush and rinse your aligners. It’s so quick that your pillow won’t have time to miss you.
As you can see, with Invisalign, your daily routine will experience minimal changes, but your smile will achieve maximum results!
To learn more about Invisalign for adults in Sherman Oaks, schedule your appointment today for a consultation.