Posted on August 9, 2022
When your teen needs orthodontic treatment, you may have a choice between traditional braces and Invisalign. No doubt you are familiar with braces since they’ve been around for generations. You may not know as much about Invisalign, but experts say it can be a great choice for teens.
During the teen years, a young person’s body and personality are changing rapidly. As they adjust to these changes, it’s not unusual for teens to be self-conscious about their appearance, especially as they are also learning to navigate the dynamics of their school and social lives.
Traditional braces can often add to that self-consciousness. On the other hand, the clear Invisalign aligners are hardly visible. Your teen can smile freely and approach social situations with confidence.
Invisalign is also ideal for teens’ active lifestyles. If they play sports, they don’t have to worry about breakage or wires digging into their cheeks if they’re hit by a soccer ball or accidentally bump into another player. Invisalign aligners fit snugly and won’t fall out while running or jumping.
If your teen is a dancer, singer, or actor, the aligners can be removed temporarily before a performance. It may also be more comfortable to play a musical instrument, especially brass instruments like trumpets and trombones while wearing Invisalign compared to wire braces.
Keeping teeth clean and healthy is a well-known problem for many teens who wear braces. It’s difficult to brush and floss around the brackets, wires, and other metal parts in the mouth. Your teen may also find some healthy foods, such as raw vegetables, are off-limits because of the risk of breaking the braces.
With Invisalign, the aligners are removed completely when eating and cleaning the teeth. Your teen can brush and floss as usual. However, it’s also important to keep the aligners clean and fresh. They should be soaked daily in vinegar and water, hydrogen peroxide and water, or a recommended cleaner
With Invisalign, your teen can continue to grow and thrive while undergoing orthodontic treatment. The nearly-invisible Invisalign method straightens teeth just as effectively as traditional braces and has other benefits as well. If you’re considering Invisalign for your teen, ask your orthodontist for more details about the treatment.
If you’d like more information about Invisalign for your teen, contact MI Smile Journey for a consultation.