Advantages of Invisalign Teen

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Advantages of Invisalign Teen
Posted on 10/03/2018

At Embrace Our World Orthodontics, we believe that the best path to a perfect smile is one that the patient chooses for themselves. That’s why we proudly offer a wide selection of state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment options for our patients to choose from, helping us craft a comfortable orthodontic experience that best meets their needs and preferences. While we have options for patients of all ages, our teenage patients have a special treatment designed just for them, and it’s called Invisalign Teen.


What Is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses sets of clear, plastic aligners instead of the typical brackets and wires that you would get with traditional braces. These plastic aligners are custom-made for each patient, designed to fit perfectly over the teeth and appear completely transparent. The aligners are also removable, coming in sets that need to be switched out every two weeks as they straighten the teeth and create the perfect smile.


The good news is that these aligners still get the job done just as well, creating a perfect smile that lasts a lifetime. The even better news is that Invisalign Teen comes with a number of advantages that can make orthodontic treatment more comfortable compared to wearing braces. What are those advantages exactly? Just check out the information below to learn more.


A More Discreet Orthodontic Experience

The aligners used with Invisalign teen are made of a thin, translucent plastic. While you may be able to see the aligners without issue when holding them in your hand, the moment you put them on over your teeth, they practically disappear. With the clear plastic, the aligners are almost invisible on your teeth, making it next to impossible for anyone to notice that you’re wearing an orthodontic appliance at a glance. For patients, this provides a more comfortable treatment experience, instead of teens having to worry about how they look in their braces.


More Flexibility & Freedom

While metal braces can create perfect smiles, the necessity for patients to avoid certain foods to prevent damage to the appliance is not exactly the ideal experience for everyone. Braces can also make certain hobbies more difficult, such as playing an instrument with brackets in the way or playing sports and having to wear a special mouthguard for braces.


With Invisalign Teen’s aligners that are completely removable, patients can eat what they want and enjoy their hobbies, while still getting that perfect smile. The aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours each day, meaning that there are 2 full hours that teens can take out their aligners for whatever they want to do. Even brushing and flossing is made easier since popping out the aligners for a quick cleaning after each meal is so simple.


It’s Designed Just For Teens

In terms of function, Invisalign Teen is similar to standard Invisalign in the fact that they both use clear aligners to straighten teeth. However, there are some details that have been added to Invisalign Teen treatment that makes it a superior treatment for teens.


The first addition is something called a “compliance indicator”, which is just a small blue dot on the aligner that is close to the back teeth. As the aligner is worn for the full 22 hours each day, the dot will fade away. However, if the patient isn’t wearing the aligner, the blue dot will remain. The indicator is a great way for parents and orthodontists to ensure that teens keep up with the orthodontic treatment.


The second addition to Invisalign Teen changes what happens when an aligner needs to be replaced. Since the average teen’s hectic life increases the likelihood that an aligner will get lost or broken, Invisalign Teen comes with six free aligner replacements. While the replacements are limited, it gives some leeway to teens and parents while preventing a spike it cost.


Get Started With Invisalign Teen!

If you have any questions about Invisalign Teen, or if you are looking to schedule an appointment to get your teen started, just contact us at Embrace Our World Orthodontics today! You’ll be connected with a member of our staff who will be more than happy to assist you. For years, the families of Saint Louis, MO have trusted us with the task of creating their perfect smiles, and we have provided them with nothing less than the best in orthodontic care available. We look forward to seeing you and your family in our office soon!