It can be a hard decision for teens to admit they need braces when they are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. They will suffer in silence, unsure if having braces is just as embarrassing as having a less than perfect smile.
Some teens even panic when they find out they need braces due to dental issues. The idea of wearing traditional braces for a year or two is never an exciting prospect for teens who are already faced with the pressures of fitting in.
However, Invisalign offers an excellent alternative for teens as it allows them to get the perfect smile they want, without the need to put up with the look and hassle of traditional metal braces. These invisible aligners are made of clear, BPA-free plastic making them virtually invisible.
Here’s why Invisalign is the ideal solution for teens requiring orthodontic treatments to correct crooked teeth, crossbite, overbite, or underbite conditions and correct bite patterns.
At your Invisalign appointment, we create a digital 3-D image of your teeth. This image is used to plan the required teeth positions for your aligners. The aligners are then created, and you can return to our office to pick them up when they are ready. You then replace the aligners with a new set every two weeks at home.
They Don’t Affect Your Smile
The number one reason teens like Invisalign is that they are made of clear plastic, so they don’t affect the appearance of your smile during treatment.
Unlike braces, which are affixed to your teeth, Invisalign treatment uses removable aligners that are custom-fit to your teeth. The aligners are much easier to wear when compared to traditional braces — and nearly invisible!
Appearance is especially important for teens who already feel awkward enough and are trying to fit in. With Invisalign, you are more likely to feel comfortable with your appearance and maintain higher self-esteem.
Studies show teens are 68% less likely to be teased when wearing their aligners compared to those with traditional braces. Teens with Invisalign are happy to smile, visit with friends and eat in public with confidence.
Eat What You Like
With a mouthful of metal brackets, there are a lot of restrictions when it comes to diet. These restrictions might not only come from your dentist, but you yourself might want to avoid food that can get caught in your braces and lead to embarrassment.
Invisalign aligners can be removed when you eat so you can eat all the hard and chewy foods that can’t be eaten with traditional braces. Food gets caught in braces and causes damage, which can be expensive and require dental appointments to make repairs.
Your aligners make eating easy, and you can feel less self-conscious when hanging out with friends who might be munching on snacks.
Better for Your Schedule
You can keep your schedule filled with social activities, schoolwork, sports and extracurriculars without worry about dental appointments getting in the way. You don’t require adjustments for Invisalign like you do for traditional braces.
Traditional braces can make it difficult to participate in sports or play instruments. If you get hit in the face during sports, you can experience far worse injuries wearing traditional braces than people without braces or who wear Invisalign aligners.
Not only can your braces be completely damaged, but you can also have serious lacerations inside your mouth from the impact against your braces.
Aligners can be removed so you can wear a mouthguard during sports to protect you from injury. When it comes to playing wind instruments, the braces can make it difficult to play, which can affect your performance. Your aligners won’t interfere with your musical ability.
Easy Oral Hygiene
Because your aligners are removable, you can take better care of your teeth. Traditional braces interfere with brushing and flossing, which puts you at risk for tooth decay.
Permanent enamel damage can occur, which can also cause your teeth to begin to lose minerals. This can leave white spots on your teeth when your braces are removed. You can remove your aligners and follow your usual oral care regime without worrying about food getting caught in your teeth. The aligners themselves are also easy to care for with a quick rinse and brush to keep them fresh.
Traditional braces can be painful, especially following adjustment appointments. To help shift your teeth into the right position, regular appointments are required where the braces are adjusted with a tightening. As the term implies, this can be uncomfortable and, for some, downright painful.
With Invisalign, there are no adjustments. Instead, you simply change your aligners every two weeks at home. Each new set helps ease your teeth into a slightly different position. Although it can be uncomfortable when you change your aligners, you can avoid the issue by changing your aligners at night.
You can take an over the counter pain killer such as Tylenol to help you sleep, and by the time you wake up in the morning, your discomfort will have passed.
Easy Treatment Management
As mentioned, you don’t require dental appointments once you begin Invisalign treatment. We will set up an appointment or two to measure your progress, and the rest is up to you. It is easy to keep track of your aligners as there is an app to help.
You can get reminders when it is time to replace your old aligners, take before and after pictures to see your progress and even keep track to make sure you are wearing them the recommended amount of time each day.
For the best results, you should only remove your aligners for eating and oral care. In general, you should be wearing them for a total of 20 to 22 hours each day.
Some teens might worry they will lose their aligners when they take them out to eat or play sports. You can put your last set in until the replacements arrive.