The Advantages of Invisalign Teen®
If your teen has crooked, gapped, or overlapping teeth, you may be exploring your orthodontic treatment options. As a certified Invisalign® provider, Dr. Vespa offers a discreet, convenient, and highly effective alternative. During a complimentary evaluation, he will determine whether Invisalign® is right for your child. If so, he will provide a set of custom-made aligner trays. If your teen wears the trays daily, typically for 12 to 18 months, he or she could enjoy a straighter, healthier smile and an important boost of self-esteem.
What Is Invisalign Teen®?
Invisalign Teen® and traditional Invisalign® are very similar. Dr. Vespa will take digital impressions of your child’s teeth, using these images to design the custom aligner trays. Each tray will be crafted from smooth, clear plastic. It will fit comfortably around your teen’s dental arches, exerting a gentle force to reposition his or her teeth. In most cases, your child should begin wearing a new aligner every two weeks.
The Results of Invisalign Teen®
Typically, Invisalign® treatment will last a year to a year-and-a-half. The exact treatment time will depend on your teen’s needs and the severity of his or her misalignment. Invisalign® can correct a wide range of issues, including more serious types of misalignment. If your child suffers from any of the following concerns, Invisalign® may be a great option:
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Open bite
Invisalign® Helps Teens Feel Confident
The most noticeable advantage of Invisalign Teen® is that the aligners are very discreet. In fact, most people will not notice that your teen is wearing braces, even if they are standing at a close distance. This aspect of Invisalign® is beneficial for all ages. However, it can be especially advantageous for teens, who often feel self-conscious even without braces. With the clear aligners, your teen will look great in photos, school plays, and band concerts.
Invisalign® Helps Teens Maintain Responsibility
To enjoy the full effects of Invisalign®, your teen will need to wear the aligners about 22 hours a day. He or she should only remove them to eat and maintain proper dental hygiene. In addition, it is vital that your teen follow Dr. Vespa’s instructions, changing the aligners on schedule. Like many parents, you may worry that your teen will not maintain his or her treatment. Invisalign Teen® is designed with this need in mind, allowing your child to take responsibility with a little wiggle room for mistakes. You will receive up to six free replacement trays if your child loses his or her aligners. Plus, each one has special blue dots that will appear when it is time to change to a new tray. The dots will remind your child to change aligners and, since you will be able to see them, you can help your teen remember, as well.
Health Benefits of Invisalign
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® trays are removable. Therefore, your teen will be able to maintain his or her dental hygiene more effectively. Food is less likely to be trapped under the trays. As a result, your child will have a reduced risk for decay, discoloration, and other side effects. Additionally, Invisalign® trays will exert a gentler force than metal braces. Thus, your teen can obtain a beautiful smile with reduced discomfort.
Invisalign Teen Benefits Parents, Too
Along with the many benefits that Invisalign® can have for your teen, the treatment can have important advantages for you. If your child has metal braces, you will need to return to the orthodontist frequently so that your practitioner can tighten the wires. In contrast, Invisalign Teen® requires fewer follow-up appointments. Of course, you will still need to come in periodically so that Dr. Vespa can monitor your teen’s progress. Overall, however, the treatment will be more convenient for your family.
Find Out If Invisalign® Is Right for Your Teen
If your child has minor to moderate dental misalignment, Invisalign Teen® may be a good option. He or she should also have a certain sense of personal responsibility to maintain the treatment. During the initial evaluation, Dr. Vespa will examine your teen’s dental alignment and discuss Invisalign® in depth. Then, he can determine whether Invisalign Teen® is an appropriate option. Contact us today to schedule your teen’s orthodontic evaluation.
Call us today for your free Invisalign evaluation. Invisalign is surprisingly affordable, and we offer the CareCredit credit service for financing your treatment.