Invisalign For Teens

The Simple Way To Straighten Teeth Without Metal Brackets

Why Invisalign For Teens?

Does your teenager need orthodontic treatment but dread spending their high school years as a “brace face”? They already have enough on their plate without having to feel anxiety over their smiles, which is why Invisalign is the perfect solution. With Invisalign, they can get the beautiful, healthy aligned smile they deserve without any brackets and wires.

What Are The Advantages of Invisalign Teen?

Aside from stealthily straightening smiles, Invisalign has several advantages over traditional braces. Because they are removable, there’s no banned foods list! Your teen will be free to enjoy all their favorite treats without worrying that it could compromise their orthodontic treatment, and they can brush and floss normally instead of having to clean around all that hardware. As an added advantage for parents, each Invisalign Teen aligner has a blue indicator that fades over time if your teen is wearing them as often as directed, so you can make sure they’re staying on track with their treatment!

The Daily Invisalign Experience

For the first few days of each stage of your teen’s Invisalign treatment, they may feel minor discomfort as their teeth get used to the added pressure, similar to what traditional braces patients experience after adjustments. This is perfectly normal and a sign that the aligners are doing their job.

The difference is that with Invisalign, your teen may be tempted to take the aligners off to relieve the pressure. Urge them to resist that temptation, because it will delay their results! They should wear their aligners at all times during their treatment, except during meals and snacks and while brushing and flossing their teeth. Wearing them less often will make their treatment take longer.

Potential patients often ask if Invisalign will make it difficult to speak clearly. Most Invisalign patients experience very little difficulty with speaking clearly while wearing their aligners, but there will likely be an adjustment period as you get used to having them in your mouth.

Caring for Your Invisalign Trays

To clean your aligners, brush and rinse them in lukewarm water and use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets. Make sure your teen is also brushing and flossing after each meal before they re-insert their aligners.

One of the best advantages of Invisalign over traditional wire braces is that there is no banned foods list, which makes it much easier for teens to comply with their treatment. As long as they are brushing and flossing before putting their aligners back in, they can enjoy all their favorite foods without compromising their orthodontic treatment!

Gum can stick to your aligners, so it’s not a good idea to chew it while they’re in. They should take their aligners out for all meals and snacks. We also discourage smoking during Invisalign treatment, as it can stain and discolor the aligners, as well as put your teen at risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Retainers After Invisalign

Retainers are crucial at the end of any orthodontic treatment, whether your teen is using Invisalign or traditional wire braces because it takes time for teeth to get used to their new positions. Make sure to encourage them to wear their retainers as directed by the doctor.

What Saint Orthodontics Can Do To Help Out

For teen patients who do not want traditional braces, Saint Orthodontics recommends Invisalign. Invisalign doesn’t work for all types of orthodontic problems, but it’s an excellent solution for patients with dental crowding or other alignment problems if they would prefer not to get traditional braces. You can learn more about us by checking our business page, and make sure to check the map for directions before you head our way.

If you’ve been searching for the perfect orthodontic solution for your teen that won’t hurt their confidence, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rafo and Dr. Wright to talk about Invisalign. Call (619) 464-1771 or email us.

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