Orthodontic braces provide lifelong benefits to the patients who wear them. They have become a rite of passage for most teens. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that approximately 4 million Americans wear braces, with 75 percent of those patients being young teens and kids.
Now more than ever, unfortunately, many teens and pre-teens are at an age where they are struggling with self-image and are highly self-conscious about their appearance. Your child may be reluctant about getting metal braces, despite their desire for straighter teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are a fantastic alternative because they are discrete, yet just as effective as traditional braces are.
Here are six benefits of opting for Invisalign for your teen.
1. They’re Practically Invisible & Unnoticeable
Your child may be worried about how they would look in metal braces. Invisalign Teen utilizes a set of clear, plastic trays to apply pressure to the teeth, gently pushing them into place. No one will notice that they are wearing them, as they are practically invisible (they are called “Invisalign,” after all!)
2. No Food Restrictions
Orthodontists may impose several dietary restrictions on patients when they have metal braces. Hard, chewy, sticky, and crunchy foods can damage wires and brackets. Invisalign braces are easy to remove, allowing your child to enjoy their favorite meals without worry. Patients only need to wear the Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours a day, removing them solely for mealtime and brushing of teeth.
3. Invisalign is Convenient
Invisalign technology utilizes clear trays that you switch every one to two weeks. As long as you have your next set, you only require quick appointments every 8-12 weeks. You do not have to worry about adjustments. As a parent, you may enjoy few orthodontic office visits and save time while at it.
4. They’re Usually More Comfortable
Unfortunately, wires and brackets often cause kids considerable discomfort, and at times, pain if the braces tear into soft tissues. Invisalign Teen incorporates smooth trays without any sharp edges that hurt. The trays are custom-made from the scan your orthodontist and team take during your child’s first appointment. Your kid may not have to worry about pain relievers and orthodontic wax to ease the pain.
5. Invisalign is Effective in Treating a Wide Range of Teeth Alignment Issues
Invisalign trays are excellent for treating mild and moderate teeth alignment problems. You can effectively treat overbites, underbites, crossbites, spacing, or crowded teeth with clear aligners. Invisalign is extremely effective and has a 96% patient satisfaction rate. Dr. Stork is an experienced orthodontist who can recommend the best and most effective treatment option for straightening your child’s misaligned teeth.
6. Easy Oral Hygiene with Clear Aligners
It can be difficult for kids to adhere to the strict oral hygiene requirements when wearing traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are simple to take off, allowing your teen to brush and floss their teeth normally.
Time to Get Your Teen Invisalign Aligners
Invisalign aligners are more subtle, non-invasive, and equally effective treatment options for misaligned teeth. If you are searching for a Des Moines orthodontist to fit your child with Invisalign Teen, reach out to the professionals at Stork Orthodontics.