If you are parenting a teen right now, you know the importance of picking your battles. However, when your dentist suggests orthodontics for your emotional, socially-conscious teenager, you will be happy to know that there may be a better option than metal braces. While teens have remained the most common age group to wear traditional braces, they are no less accepted than they were decades ago. Metal brackets and wires can be a real threat to your teenager’s self-esteem, comfort and schedule – which is why they are sure to love Invisalign.
What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that orthodontists and dentists use to correct a wide range of misalignment concerns, including wide spacing and crowding as well as under bites, overbites and crossbites. Using a series of clear custom aligners, we can gradually and gently move your teeth into better position. Invisalign aligners are removable and virtually invisible to others. Simply change out your provided aligner set every couple of weeks and make an appointment to check in with us every 4-6 weeks.
It is not hard to find the perks of choosing Invisalign over traditional braces, especially if you are a teenager! Here are a few reasons why adolescent girls and boys opt for Invisalign Teen if given the choice:
#1 Smile Big in Yearbook Photos: Your teen won’t have to sacrifice their smile confidence and self-esteem to undergo orthodontics with Invisalign. They are clear by design but also removable if you want to take them out for prom, yearbook photos or a band concert!
#2 Eat Popcorn at the Movies: Adolescence is often a time to indulge in your favorite treats before the extra sugar and salt catch up to you. While popcorn and sticky/hard candy is restricted for braces wearers, you won’t have to change your teenage snacking habits when wearing Invisalign because the aligners are easily removed before eating.
#3 Avoid Cavities, Stains and Puffy Gums: Let’s face it; teens don’t always take the time to practice strong oral hygiene habits. If they wear fixed brackets and bands, the challenge of cleaning their teeth becomes even greater. This often leaves teens with white spots, stains, decay and gingivitis when the braces come off. However, with Invisalign, the aligners get removed when brushing and flossing so there is nothing to stand in the way of a healthy and clean mouth during treatment.
Is Your Teen a Candidate for Invisalign?
At Marietta Dental Professionals, we proudly offer a full menu of dental services for children, teens and adults. Included in our orthodontic options is Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Please reach out and schedule your consult if you would like to know if your teen qualifies for Invisalign. We are happy to answer your questions about this easy, effective and highly convenient solution. Straightening your teenager’s teeth doesn’t have to be another parenting struggle in your household!