The teenage years are a pivotal time for 13- to 19-year-olds. Switching between middle school and high school and then college, joining sports teams and making new friends is all part of the picture. One aspect of the teenage years that doesn't have to happen, though, is the apprehension that accompanies having to get braces.
Although teens may not realize the real importance of early intervention when it comes to their oral health, they will notice right off the bat that braces are easy to see, something that may differentiate them from their peers.
But with Invisalign, teens can can get the orthodontic treatment they need and still blend right in with their friends.
Invisalign uses custom-made aligners made of smooth, virtually invisible plastic. Worn over the teeth, these aligners gradually shift and move your teen's teeth into place. New aligners are placed in the mouth every two weeks until treatment is complete.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), about 80 percent of American teens will be fitted with braces sometime during their adolescent years.
Teens prefer Invisalign for a range of reasons, including:
- Ability to maintain typical eating habits: With regular braces, your teen won't be able to chew their favorite gum or eat other foods such as popcorn and sticky candy. With Invisalign, the aligners can be removed when eating, so they can still snack on what they want without worrying about possibly damaging their teeth or aligners.
- Comfort: Braces have been known to prevent optimal teeth cleaning while brushing and flossing. Their metal parts have also been known to cut the inside of the mouth and cause scarring. Invisalign is molded specifically for your child's mouth, preventing the issues that accompany metal braces.
- Staying active: Invisalign only requires orthodontic visits every four to six weeks for check-ups. In addition, popular afterschool activities such as band and contact sports can remain open options, as the smooth aligners aren't as easy to damage as regular braces.
If your teenager is interested in learning more about Invisalign, schedule a consultation with New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman of KidsBracesNYC today.