Invisalign® for Teens
Being a teenager can be a challenging time. Between school, extracurricular activities, first dates, and trying to plan for life after graduation, your teen does not need to be losing sleep over the state of their teeth. Having a straight and attractive smile can be exactly what your teenager needs to help them maintain their confidence during these developmental years, but nothing can put a damper on it quite like being told that they need braces.
To make things trickier, traditional braces are very noticeable and conspicuous, calling unwanted attention to your teen when all they want to make blends in. If you would like your teenager to have a healthy and even smile, but you are uncertain if you would like them to try traditional dental braces, then we here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry can help you determine if they would be a good candidate for Invisalign clear aligners for teens.
What You Need to Know About Invisalign for Teenagers
Believe it or not, we were teenagers once! We totally understand how hard it can be to be a teen, which is why we really like Invisalign for Teens. This treatment for mild malocclusion (problems with your bite and jaw) and uneven gaps and spaces in your teeth is much less obvious than traditional dental braces. While traditional dental braces do serve an important purpose, especially for patients with more severe malocclusion, Invisalign for Teens is great for patients who may have serious gaps and spaces between their teeth, a mild overbite or underbite, an open bite or cross bite, or even overcrowded teeth.
It can be hard to remind your teen to remember to brush and floss their teeth, and if you add traditional braces into the mix, you may find yourself facing an uphill battle. Fortunately, Invisalign for Teens does not require special flossers or extra work to keep your teeth clean and healthy while you undergo treatment with it. Instead, you can take your clear trays out of your mouth for up to two hours per day. That means that you can remove them for brushing and flossing your teeth, eating your favorite foods, and even for a quick minute while you snap a selfie. Just make sure you put them right back in afterward!
Your teenager is constantly on the go, which means that you do not have time from both your and their busy schedule to take them to dental implants. Invisalign for Teens requires fewer checkups when compared to traditional dental braces. We will need you to change your trays every two weeks, but typically we only need you to follow up with us every six weeks to make sure your treatment is progressing nicely. This is great for both parents and teens who have a busy day with little time for anything extra on their schedule. Even better, Invisalign for Teens often requires much less time for effective treatment. While traditional dental braces can take up to three years to finish, you may start to notice results in as little as a year to a year and a half.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
If you have a teenager who needs orthodontic treatment to fix their concerns with their smile, they may be a good candidate for Invisalign for Teens! To learn more, or to set up an appointment with us here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry for your teenager, please give us a call today at (281) 942-0444!