Visualize “teen” and “braces.” You probably think of a face full of awkward metal and chapped lips. Typically, you wouldn’t be wrong. But thanks to modern technology, teenagers can receive braces without the pain and embarrassment of heavy orthodontic work. Invisalign makes it possible to receive stress-free corrective dental care.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Invisalign treatment takes, on average, the same amount of time as standard orthodontic work. Teens can correct their smiles and improve their oral health when receiving treatments for 3-4 years.
A Seamless Transition
Receiving orthodontic work changes everything about a teen’s life. They must spend much more time brushing and flossing, and most fail to do so. This subjects teens to a fair share of oral health issues, including gum disease. This problem is all but eliminated if a teen receives Invisalign treatments. Because the pallets are removable, teens can continue with their normal brushing habits, not having to break stride in their routine. Additionally, Invisalign allows teens to engage in everyday activities and maintain an active lifestyle without any interruption. Teens who wear braces must wear a mouthpiece, and cannot eat certain foods. Invisalign allows teens to play sports without risk of injury, and continue to enjoy any food they’d like!
When Is Invisalign Best Used?
Invisalign can be used as a preventative tool to help avoid painful orthodontic work in the future. For example, Invisalign can help reduce crowding or space loss, which allows future teeth to erupt naturally.
If this is the case, the teen or pre-teen would wear “placeholder” Invisalign under their adult teeth erupted and the corrective treatments could continue. The placeholders are retainers that simply hold the teeth in place as they are until the teen is ready to continue with treatments.