Illustration of a blonde teen comparing metal braces to Invisalign clear aligners

Benefits of Invisalign for Teens

June 18, 2022 9:39 pm

Invisalign® clear aligners can be used to treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues, with an average length of treatment between 12 and 18 months. Clear aligner therapy offers many benefits for both teens and adults alike. For example:

  1. Clear & Discreet
  2. Between yearbook photos, school dances, and snapping pictures with friends to post on social media, your teen may be worried about wearing conventional metal braces due to their noticeable appearance. When they are properly cleaned and taken care of, Invisalign aligners are practically invisible on the teeth. This means your teen can continue to smile confidently throughout their orthodontic treatment without worrying about having obtrusive metal brackets on their teeth.

  3. Less Food Restrictions
  4. Braces can be damaged by biting into apples and corn on the cob, chewing on crunchy bread, and eating sticky candy and popcorn. If your teen would have trouble staying away from these foods, clear aligner therapy could be a better choice. Since clear aligners are to be removed when eating and cleaning the teeth, patients simply pop out their trays to enjoy their favorite foods as usual.

    However, there are a few caveats. They must store their trays in a safe place when eating. This will keep them from getting lost or broken. And when finished eating, they still need to brush their teeth before putting their trays back in their mouth. If they don’t clean away food particles after eating, their risk of tooth decay increases and their trays can become stained.

  5. Smooth & Comfortable to Wear
  6. Any orthodontic appliance will require some getting used to. Conventional metal braces may scratch and irritate the inside of the mouth. But in terms of overall comfort, many patients find clear aligners hardly noticeable after a short time. Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic that is custom designed to snugly hug the teeth and gums.

Are you ready to schedule an Invisalign consultation for your teen at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Braces? We’d be delighted to see them! Please contact our office today.

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