Being a teenager is often a difficult time and there’s a lot of pressure to conform to certain ideas. With social media prevalent nowadays, it’s hard for teenagers to create a self-image which they admire and are proud of. In the past, getting traditional metal braces to straighten their teeth really threw a spanner in the works and many teenagers became self-conscious about their image.
Orthodontics has come a long way in recent years and now, teenagers don’t need to worry about sporting metal braces for a couple of years. As opposed to braces, teenage patients now have the option to use Invisalign Teen to straighten their teeth. Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear, plastic aligners which can be removed when eating and drinking and resemble a very thin mouthguard. Rather than tightening braces, patients simply switch to a new set of aligners every week or two to continue the tooth movement process. To shed some light onto this new technology, today we’ll be discussing our top reasons why teenagers love Invisalign Teen.
- Equally effective as traditional braces
Invisalign Teen is equally as effective as traditional braces when worn for the prescribed duration each day. To give patients some support, each Invisalign Teen aligner has a blue dot indicator which fades when they’ve been worn as suggested. This involves teenagers in their orthodontic treatment in a more productive way and enhances patient compliance. Additionally, most orthodontic clinics offer replacement aligners free of charge just in case one gets lost!
- Easy to maintain good oral health
With traditional braces with brackets and wires, brushing and flossing your teeth effectively is fairly tough and this makes it hard for teens to maintain good oral health. Consequently, a few dental issues can occur including cavities and tooth demineralisation (staining). Invisalign Teen aligners can be simply removed when brushing and flossing which makes it possible for teens to maintain good oral health and not have to fret about walking around with food caught in their braces!
- Invisalign aligners are discreet
Undoubtedly the main reason why teenagers love Invisalign Teen is because the clear, plastic aligners are almost invisible to those around them. At an age when self-image is a very important, undergoing orthodontic treatment without anybody even noticing is the primary advantage for patients at this age. The opportunity to achieve a stunning smile and healthy teeth in a discreet way is unquestionably a massive reward!
- Invisalign aligners are comfortable
As opposed to having metal brackets and wires fixed to their teeth which can snag against their cheeks and cause irritability, Invisalign aligners are made from smooth plastic so this isn’t a concern. Experiencing less pain and soreness during the course of orthodontic treatment is a substantial factor for teenage patients. Each aligner is custom-built for patients so they carefully move teeth into the ideal position without the need for any tightening or adjustments.
- No food constraints
One of the largest downsides of traditional braces is needing to watch what you eat. Any foods which are crunchy, sticky, or hard that could perhaps break or loosen your brackets should be abstained from. Furthermore, sugary foods which can potentially stain your teeth should also be avoided. As most teens are picky eaters, this can make finding suitable foods fairly complicated. With Invisalign Teen though, patients simply take off their aligners when eating so there’s no constraints on food, which means they can continue eating their routine, ‘nutritious’ diet!
- Suitable for all activities
Most teens are likely to play sports which can be discouraging when wearing traditional braces. Any contact sports, even when using a mouth guard, can cause injury and trauma to their mouth not to mention broken brackets. On top of that, teens who play wind instruments may learn that their brackets obstruct their competent playing. With Invisalign Teen, the smooth plastic fits securely around the teeth which enables teens to pursue all their favourite activities without any fear!
Invisalign Teen has a number of advantages over traditional metal braces which makes them exceptionally popular for teenage patients. If you’re interested in Invisalign Teen for your teenager, simply get in touch with the experts at Clear Smiles Orthodontics on the Gold Coast. They offer all new patients a free initial consultation including digital impressions, X-rays, and clinical photos. For additional information, phone their staff directly on 07 5593 3733.