Being a teenager is hard. There are so many things to worry about—homework, friendships, fitting in at school—the list goes on and on. The last thing teenagers need to worry about is their smile.
Clunky, metal braces have fallen out of popularity with teenagers due to their noticeability. Instead, teenagers are choosing Invisalign Teen, a clear aligner system designed specifically for adolescent’s teeth.
Choosing Invisalign over traditional braces allows teens to straighten their teeth discreetly, getting that perfect smile without being noticed.
The Social Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign Teen lets teenagers participate in the social activities they are used to.
Dentists recommend their patients avoid many foods while wearing braces. You’ve probably heard horror stories of teenagers snapping their bands while chewing gum or getting popcorn kernels stuck between their wires.
Unlike braces, Invisalign doesn’t require any food restrictions. Invisalign retainers can simply be removed every time you need to eat—in fact, it’s required that you remove your aligners while eating.
Your teen won’t have to feel embarrassed about getting food stuck in their braces. With Invisalign, you can eat what you want when you want without feeling the mealtime stress braces can cause.
Additionally, Invisalign doesn’t affect participation in sports.
Wearing braces during high-contact sports can be dangerous, as you can easily damage both your braces and your teeth. Invisalign basically functions as an extension of your teeth—so you don’t have to worry about potential damage.
Not to mention, Invisalign lets you take pictures braces-free—now that’s a plus!
The Teachable Benefits of Invisalign
Parents are often concerned that their teenagers aren’t responsible enough to wear their Invisalign retainers for the required amount of time.
Invisalign retainers need to be worn 20-22 hours each day. This means retainers really only come off during mealtimes.
Thankfully, good dental compliance is teachable.
Every Invisalign Teen tray has a small blue dot that helps you monitor your progress throughout the Invisalign treatment. That way, your teen will notice whether they’ve made progress or not.
Also, Invisalign offers regular smile contests to keep teens motivated as they wear their retainers. These contests usually result in a cash prize, meaning your teen will be even more motivated to wear their Invisalign retainers consistently.
The Oral Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign allows for significantly better oral hygiene. Braces are notoriously hard to clean. Flossing between each individual wire is time consuming, and often, teenagers simply skip this important hygienic step.
Cavities are more likely to form while wearing braces. Since you can easily remove Invisalign trays, brushing and flossing are incredibly simple, meaning the risk of cavities is greatly reduced!
Do You Need Advice? We Can Help!
Are you looking for a treatment plan for your teenager? Invisalign Teen is a discreet, affordable option that will let your teen straighten their smile without unwanted attention. Our team at East Center Dental would love to sit down with you and your child and create a treatment plan that is best for you. Call us today!