Benefits of Invisalign for Teens
Compared with traditional metal braces, the Invisalign system of correcting crooked or protruding teeth brings a host of benefits for teens.
Teenagers are particularly aware that their smile plays a big part in how people perceive them. Being wary of showing their smile because they’re embarrassed about the state of their teeth can lead to a steep dip in self-esteem.
Teens who lack self-confidence are more vulnerable to depression. Research published in 2013 found that self-conscious feelings during adolescence spiked in response to assessment by others.
Until Invisalign came along, the solution to teeth misalignment for teens in most cases aggravated self-conscious emotions because these traditional braces were so conspicuous.
Invisalign fixed this problem because its teeth aligners are – as the name suggests – practically invisible. In other words, youngsters can continue to show a confident smile while making huge strides in their orthodontic treatment.
Advantages of Invisalign Digital Imaging for Teens
The benefits of Invisalign for teens start before they even begin wearing their aligners. The Invisalign system uses 3D computer imaging, a non-invasive process compared with the messy procedure of taking traditional impressions – especially distressing for youngsters with a strong gag reflex.
Digital imaging is also less intrusive than conventional 2D X-rays. And, unlike old-style film X-rays, CAD (computer-aided design) dental technology provides an open environment that helps to eliminate sensations of claustrophobia.
Greater Control and Comfort
Compared with traditional braces, Invisalign provides greater control in repositioning teens’ teeth, with a series of precisely-regulated movements. Series of aligners are used during the treatment, with each set being designed to be worn 22 hours a day for one to two weeks.
Each aligner in the series moves the teeth slightly, applying the optimum amount of pressure at the right time. Not all teeth are moved at the same time, which means much better control than conventional braces.
With adults, the entire Invisalign process generally takes about 12 months, depending on the complexity of the case. With teens, treatment time can vary depending on how diligently your youngster follows treatment instructions. Conventional braces typically have to be worn for two years.
The aligners have smooth edges, which make them more comfortable than traditional braces, and, after a few days of getting used to wearing them, they shouldn’t interfere with your teen’s speaking patterns or voice.
Your youngster’s teeth may feel a little sensitive for a couple of days after they put in a new set of aligners. This means the Invisalign process is working and their teeth are being moved into their proper position. Discomfort is mild and quickly goes away.
Benefits of Having Removable Aligners
Besides helping to maintain self-esteem, Invisalign brings other benefits for teens because the aligners can be taken out.
Invisalign removable aligners provide a far greater level of convenience for youngsters than traditional braces. For instance, they can be taken out for special occasions, sports and playing certain musical instruments.
Young orthodontic patients wearing braces may be discouraged from playing hockey, football, and soccer or playing brass instruments, because of the risk of damage to the appliances and the teeth. With Invisalign, your teen can continue to enjoy these activities – either removing the aligner or keeping it in, depending on their preference.
The removability of Invisalign aligners also avoids the problem of a restricted diet that comes with conventional braces.
When a teen gets metal braces, the devices typically come with a long list of foods that have to be forsaken to avoid damage to the wires and brackets – such as chips, popcorn, and caramel. Invisalign, on the other hands, allows youngsters to eat whatever they like.
Health Benefits of Invisalign for Teens
Invisalign also helps teenagers to continue a good routine of oral hygiene because they can be removed to clean them and for brushing and flossing as normal.
With traditional braces, food particles can easily become trapped in the brackets and wires, posing the danger of a build-up of bacteria-ridden plaque and tartar – a major cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says these infections can spread to other parts of the body, causing heart problems, diabetes and respiratory issues like pneumonia.
Each series of aligners is tailored to your youngster’s orthodontic requirements and mouth, with the help of cutting-edge digital imaging.
This high level of customization means Invisalign can be used to solve a broad range of both simple and complex orthodontic issues, including bite problems – overbite, open bite, underbite, and crossbite – that can result in serious jaw disorders.
The technology behind Invisalign digital scanning system also enables your teen to see how their teeth will look when treatment is finished.
Finding an Invisalign Teen Treatment Provider
Many teens used to balk at the idea of wearing metal braces all the time. Invisalign Teen solves this problem with a state-of-the-art teeth-straightening system that’s proved to be a hugely popular choice for youngsters wanting the smile of their dreams.
Providing benefits in appearance and confidence, convenience and comfort, the Invisalign system for teens also boasts a unique approach in hi-tech customization.
Not only can Invisalign give your youngster a winning smile, the system also plays an important role in preventing the many oral and general health issues that misaligned teeth can cause.
Invisalign can now even benefit teens who need simultaneous teeth straightening and correction of jaw misalignment. In March 2017, Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, unveiled its new Invisalign Teen with the capability of mandibular advancement – moving the lower jaw forward.
If you’re considering Invisalign treatment for your youngster, talk to an orthodontic specialist who is an accredited Invisalign Teen provider. They will help you and your teenager to make an informed decision about whether Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign Teen treatment costs about the same as conventional braces and is covered by many dental insurance plans in the same way as braces.