When you think teenage orthodontia, you might immediately picture shiny metal braces, colored rubber bands, and lots of embarrassment. You wouldn’t be alone. Metal braces have been the only viable treatment option for misaligned teeth for years, but not anymore.
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses clear and removable plastic “aligners” to straighten teeth without any wires, metal, and rubber bands. While many adults use Invisalign to get the smile they’ve always wanted, it’s a great option for teens, too.
Here are 7 reasons parents should consider Invisalign for their teens:
Being a teenager is hard enough already without adding uncomfortable and embarrassing metal braces into the mix. Invisalign not only helps boost a teen’s self-confidence by building a great smile but also by being virtually undetectable.
How many movies are there in which teens are bullied or teased for their braces? Invisalign aligners are almost completely invisible, meaning that teens are less likely to be teased or bullied for wearing them.
Invisalign is just as effective as traditional braces. The clear aligners provide almost the same results as the metal wires and rubber bands when treating misalignments like:
Invisalign can also improve overall oral and dental health. In fact, it’s been shown to help prevent other periodontal uses like gum disease.
Traditional braces pose problems for teens that play sports or instruments as the metal wires can irritate and cut the insides of the mouth. Invisalign aligners are smooth and non-irritating so teens can continue with their activities without worry of being injured or in pain. Plus, the aligners are removable, making them ideal when an athlete needs to slip on a mouthguard for a practice or game.
Metal braces seem to take all the joy out of eating. No chewy candies, gum, popcorn, corn on the cob, or other tasty meals. No foods are off-limits with Invisalign as the aligner trays are removable. Teens can take out the trays to eat, brush and floss, then put the trays back in.
Many parents that have tried to get a teen to make a bed can attest that teens aren’t the most responsible age group. However, many orthodontists report that teens are actually more reliable when it comes to wearing their aligners than adults.
If the above reasons aren’t enough, here’s one more: Invisalign is comparable in price to traditional braces. Plus, most dental plans will cover Invisalign if they cover metal braces.
Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry in Rocky Point offers Invisalign treatment plans tailored for teens. Call us today to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
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