Why Invisalign is Great for Teens
The teenage years are a common time for straightening a smile. Seeing teenagers wearing braces is certainly a common sight, but is that the best choice? These days, there is a potentially better alternative for a teenage patient who would like a straighter smile – Invisalign. Not only is Invisalign a great choice for older patients, but it also works beautifully for teenagers for a variety of reasons.
In this post, we would like to discuss a few of the reasons why Invisalign works so well for teens. If you have a teenager in your home and you have been considering braces for your child, make sure to consider the possibility of Invisalign before making a final decision.
A Focus on Comfort
There are plenty of things that teenagers are likely to complain about with regard to traditional braces. For most, comfort will be near the top of that list. Simply put, metal braces are not very comfortable to wear, as they can have relatively sharp edges and they stick out significantly within the mouth. Getting used to wearing metal braces can take time, and some patients will never really adjust to the feeling that metal braces provide.
With Invisalign, on the other hand, comfort is rarely a problem. The aligners used with Invisalign a relatively thin, they are made from a polyurethane resin rather than metal, and they can be taken out from time to time (more on that later). When you add it all up, Invisalign offers a more comfortable experience for teens, while still delivering excellent results.
Save Time for Busy Teens
If your teenagers are involved in a number of activities beyond their school schedule, it can be hard to make time for much else. Whether it’s sports, music programs, work, or whatever else, you may struggle to squeeze in appointments to work on straightening out their smile. That’s a problem with traditional metal braces, which can require quite a few visits to the dentist’s office along the way. Sometimes, the braces will need to be adjusted, and sometimes a repair may need to be performed if something has happened like eating the wrong food.
As you might guess, Invisalign can be a big help here. Sure, there are occasional appointments needed, but those visits should be quick and rather infrequent. You won’t have to worry about this treatment approach being a big intrusion on the day to day life of your teen. If the time commitment of traditional braces is something that has been holding you back from getting started, turn to Invisalign for a logical solution.
The Removable Advantage
At this point, we get to one of the huge advantages of using Invisalign for your teen – the fact that the aligners can be removed during the treatment process. This is something that simply can’t be done with metal braces, and teens will love the flexibility it provides. Sitting down for a big meal? No problem – just take the aligners out, enjoy your favorite foods, and pop the aligners back in.
It is important, of course, that the aligners are worn for enough time each day for the treatment to be successful over the long run. Talking with your teen at the start of treatment about how much they need to wear the aligners is a good idea. As long as they don’t take this helpful flexibility too far, your teen should be able to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle while still getting excellent results.
Avoid Image Problems
Even without braces, the teen years can be difficult from a self-confidence standpoint. As your child transitions slowly into adult life, he or she may have a hard time establishing their own image and feeling confident in their place in the world. This is a natural experience, but it can be made more difficult by the image issues that are associated with wearing braces.
If your child sees a mouthful of metal in the mirror each morning, it will be tough to feel great about the way they look. That will mean fewer smiles, fewer pictures, and reduced enjoyment of life overall. As a parent, you always want your child to feel as good as possible, both about themselves and the world around them. Through the use of Invisalign, you can take a small but important step in that direction.
The many practical advantages of Invisalign are great for teens (and everyone else, for that matter). The ability to take out the aligners when desired, the fact that they are nearly invisible to others, their improved comfort over metal braces – all of these are reasons to love what Invisalign delivers. Yet, above all of that, the goal at the end of the day is still to come away with a straighter smile. And you can be sure that Invisalign will deliver in that area, as well.
With a series of gradual adjustments through the process, your teen’s aligners will slowly but surely move their teeth into the desired position. The idea is the same as it is with metal braces, yet the patient gains all of those benefits we have been talking about in this post. Once you bring together the fact that your teen will get great results, along with the improved lifestyle and experience of the Invisalign method, it will be easy to see why so many people are skipping over metal braces in favor of Invisalign. These clear aligners are the right way to go for countless patients, so speak with your teen’s dentist about the possibility of using this treatment.
With so much to like about Invisalign, it’s hard to imagine going with another option. Invisalign takes a process that can be quite difficult for teens and makes it rather easy. If you would like to discuss the possibility of Invisalign, reach out to Lakeside Dental right away to make an appointment. Thanks for reading!