Orthodontic treatment is most commonly associated with teenagers, as often, the best results are achieved following early intervention. Most people assume that teenagers only have an option of train-track fixed braces, but there are actually a host of treatment options available for teenage patients today. One of the most popular systems among younger patients is Invisalign Teen.
What is Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign is a clear brace system, which uses a series of bespoke removable aligners to move the teeth; the aligners are worn in a set order and are replaced every 2 weeks. Invisalign Teen is exactly the same as the traditional Invisalign system, but it has additional features, which have been added to make treatment more convenient for younger orthodontic patients.
Invisalign Teen has the same aligners and the same treatment process, but the teen aligners are fitted with a colour indicator, which reminds the patient when to change their aligner; each aligner is worn for 2 weeks and then swapped for the next in the series. Invisalign Teen also offers spare aligners.
What are the benefits of Invisalign Teen?
Many teenagers are image-conscious and the last thing they want, after dealing with jibes about having crowded or crooked teeth, is to be lumbered with ‘un-cool’ braces for months on end; Invisalign aligners are not like normal braces and they enable teenagers to get a straight, healthy smile without anyone else being able to see that they are wearing braces. This means that they can feel more confident during their treatment and they don’t have to worry about what others think.
Invisalign Teen also offers patients freedom; the aligners are removable, which means you can take them off for special occasions and when you eat and clean your teeth, which makes oral hygiene easier and prevents the constant worry of eating in front of others and getting food stuck in the brace.
Invisalign aligners are also comfortable and they don’t need to be adjusted or tightened, which can often be very painful.
Are Invisalign Teen braces suitable for all teenagers?
Invisalign Teen braces are suitable for teenagers with a wide range of orthodontic issues, but they may not always be the best solution. Sometimes, especially in cases where a lot of movement is needed, there may be better options; your orthodontist will be able to discuss the different treatments with you to help you decide on the best course of action.
If you would like to find out more about teenage braces, visit the pages on invisible braces at the Harley Street Dental Studio website or contact the practice to arrange a consultation.