Invisalign for Teens
The Invisalign technology has revolutionized how our patients straighten their teeth and improve their smile. The system of clear, removable aligners allows you to be discreet during the treatment, so no one even notices that you’re straightening your teeth.
The standard Invisalign system, which has been around for over a decade, was only recommended for adults, primarily for two reasons:
First, it is expected that teens, with their active lifestyle and balancing school, sports, family, and friends, would not be able to wear the aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day, meaning that the treatment would have a lower success rate. Secondly, the fact that some permanent teeth were still developing meant that the precisely planned movement may be disturbed.
Invisalign for Teens in Austin, TX
With Invisalign Teen, teenagers can now enjoy the many benefits of Invisalign orthodontic treatment. These clear aligners are specifically designed for teens, providing a virtually undetectable alternative to traditional braces that gives you the same results but with much less treatment time.
Invisalign Teen solves the two problems mentioned above by using “compliance indicators” and “eruption tabs”.
Compliance indicators are colored dots located on the aligners that fade over time when the aligners are worn. This makes it easier for dentists, parents, and caregivers to ensure that the teen patient is following the plan as directed. Eruption tabs, on the other hand, refer to a built-in feature that holds space for any permanent teeth that are yet to fully erupt.
Why choose Invisalign over braces?
Many of our orthodontic patients report that Invisalign clear aligners fit their lifestyle best compared to metal braces. Teens, in particular, often find traditional braces to be confining, restrictive, and a major hindrance to their lifestyles.
With the advanced Invisalign Teen dental technology now geared towards addressing the common bite problems that affect younger people, teens can now seek the orthodontic treatment they need while continuing to function normally during this challenging phase of their lives. They don’t have to feel self-conscious about crooked teeth or using metal braces.
So even if your teen has a craving for some sticky or sugary snacks, he/she can remove the aligners and indulge without fear of damaging them, and then return them in the mouth. It is also easy and convenient to keep their teeth clean. And in the unfortunate event that your teen misplaces their set of aligners, you can easily get replacements at no charge.
Schedule an appointment
Visit Great Grins Dental in Austin for a thorough examination to discuss whether Invisalign treatment is right for your teen.
If you have any questions or concerns about Invisalign Teen, Dr. Fossum and our Great Grins Dental team will be happy to address them. Please contact us to schedule an appointment at our Austin-based practice.