Fifteen years ago, the choices were fairly limited for straightening teens’ teeth. Either your child got metal braces or went through life with a crooked smile. Today, Invisalign Teen provides families with another option that teenagers find very appealing for a variety of reasons. While the cost of Invisalign may be slightly higher than traditional braces, insurance typically covers up to half of the price.
It’s also worth noting that six replacement trays are covered in your cost, in case the tray becomes damaged or gets misplaced somehow. After considering the benefits, many parents conclude that Invisalign Teen is the right solution to provide their children with confidence-boosting smiles, without all the drawbacks of conventional wires.
Patients with Invisalign are more satisfied than patients with fixed oral appliances, according to a study by German researchers published in the BMC Oral Health journal on June 24. The research showed better gingival health and less dental plaque among Invisalign patients. Furthermore, only six percent of Invisalign users reported any impairment to their general well-being, compared to 36 percent of those with regular braces.
Invisalign Teen aligners are smooth, clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth. They are virtually invisible to onlookers! Rather than smiling and brandishing a mouth full of metal, teens can enjoy a better social life. For this reason, top celebrities like Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efron and Eva Longoria have used Invisalign to straighten their teeth, without looking like it on camera.
Traditional braces require dietary sacrifices to avoid wrecking the hardware. This means no more popcorn, whole apples raw carrots, bagels, candy, chicken wings, corn chips, corn on the cob, hard cookies, ice cubes, nuts, pickles, pizza crust, pretzels, or ribs. Basically anything chewy or crunchy is off-limits for braces wearers. By contrast, there are NO dietary restrictions for those with Invisalign Teen. They simply remove the trays while eating, brush and floss the teeth, and put the aligner back in when they’re done.
Active teens involved in sports are often worried that they’ll get hit in the mouth with a ball. As Teri from Boston put it: “Soccer is my life, which means there’s a lot of contact. Wearing braces would definitely make me a little hesitant to go all out.” Likewise, teens who play woodwind or brass instruments fear cutting a lip while playing. The non-irritating nature of Invisalign puts these concerns on the backburner and lets your child focus on excelling.
A teen’s life is a busy life. School, sports, clubs, jobs, church activities and downtime with friends place increasing pressure on them to manage their time wisely. Constant trips to the orthodontist and taking extra time in the morning and at night to get between all the crevices of metal braces with a toothbrush take their toll. With Invisalign Teen, you’ll need fewer trips to the dentist and have a much easier time cleaning, as the trays are removable for brushing and flossing as usual.
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are experienced Invisalign Teen providers in Suffolk County. Contact their office at 631-319-7891 to schedule a consultation and learn more.
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