Metal braces used to be nearly as common as homework during teenage years. Thanks to improved technology, however, your teen can enjoy the many perks of straighter teeth — from a more confident smile to improved dental health — without the hassle or embarrassment of traditional braces.
Our team at Silver Lake Dentistry in Raymore, Missouri is pleased to provide Invisalign® as an effective alignment treatment for teens and adults. In this post, we delve into this revolutionary teeth-straightening option, including perks your teen may love.
How Invisalign works
Invisalign gradually straightens teeth using a series of clear aligner trays. Custom made for your teen’s unique needs, they correct a range of alignment problems, including:
- Crooked or protruding teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Difficult-to-treat deep bites
- Small gaps
Invisalign may even help stave off jaw pain associated with genetic issues. If needed, new positioners can be added to help realign the jaw.
During the preparatory exam, our team gathers 3D computer images to send to a lab, which creates the aligners. We can even show you a predictive video map of the results you and your teen can anticipate.
Your teen wears the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, using each set for 1-2 weeks as they progress through the treatment. And while there may be some discomfort at first, the overall process painlessly repositions teeth.
Invisalign benefits teens love
Invisalign works similarly to conventional braces in many ways, shifting teeth using controlled, precise force over time. This approach differs, however, in that the trays are completely clear. So teens often appreciate that they won’t have to worry about having a mouth full of metal.
Invisalign treatment also moves teeth more efficiently, requiring less time. While braces may take 2-3 years in all, Invisalign typically straightens teeth in 10-24 months — as long as your teen commits to wearing the aligners as directed.
The ultra-thin SmartTrack® material used to create Invisalign aligners also ensures more comfort, compared to harsh metal material between your teeth and inner cheeks. Your teen won’t have to worry about tooth enamel damage or scraped gums.
Another perk teens love is that they can take out the aligners when it’s time to eat, brush and floss, play sports, or attend a special event. This feature makes Invisalign more convenient than conventional fixed wire-and-bracket braces and allows them to eat their favorite foods without concerns about particles getting stuck.
A small blue dot lets you know when it’s time to switch to the next aligner set. And if your teen should lose a tray or two along the way, you can get replacement aligners quickly to keep them on track with their treatment.
Lastly, while your teen might not appreciate it just yet, you can rest assured that they’ll reap the health benefits of better aligned teeth. Straighter teeth pave the way to less decay and a lower risk for gum disease.
To learn more about Invisalign or find out if your teen is a good candidate, call Silver Lake Dentistry today or send us a message via our website to request an appointment.