Don’t worry, you’re not the only teen in Louisiana that’s in need of orthodontic treatment, and at Bayou Braces & Dentistry, we give you options when it comes to your treatment! While braces are a more traditional treatment, Invisalign is quickly growing more popular amongst teens.
Invisalign for teens uses a series of aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners are easily removable and virtually invisible, so you can still take all the selfies during treatment.
Invisalign aligners consist of a durable thermoplastic material that covers the entire row of teeth. Teens receive multiple sets of plastic aligners that are to be switched out every couple of weeks.
Our team uses a state-of-the-art 3D scanner to take a detailed digital image of your mouth, so no messy molds to worry about. We then use the digital images to create a set of aligners customized to fit comfortably in your mouth.
What Can Invisalign Help Teens With?
Invisalign for teens addresses a wide range of orthodontic concerns, including:
- Overbites and underbites
Treatment times vary with each patient. However, most Invisalign treatments last between 12 and 18 months.
Although Invisalign addresses various orthodontic concerns, not everyone is an ideal candidate for the treatment. Invisalign is suitable for mild to moderate orthodontic problems, while more severe issues may benefit more from metal braces.
The best way to determine whether Invisalign is right for your teen is by contacting Bayou Braces & Dentistry to schedule a free consultation.
How to Protect Your Invisalign
Since Invisalign clear aligners consist of highly durable plastic, they are more difficult to break. However, it is still crucial that you take proper care of the plastic aligners to protect your oral health.
You should remove your aligners when eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. To keep the trays clean, you can use warm water, toothpaste, and a toothbrush to gently clear away food debris.
Our team will give you teen-specific instructions on how to care for your aligners. Generally, you should clean the aligners at least once a day to keep them free of bacteria.
We know that teens often have a busy lifestyle, making it easy to lose an aligner. If one of your Invisalign aligners is lost, contact Bayou Braces & Dentistry as soon as possible. We can quickly provide replacement aligners to ensure that your orthodontic treatment remains on track.
Benefits of Invisalign
One of the primary benefits of Invisalign for teens is that they are virtually invisible. Invisalign aligners are clear, thin plastic trays that are custom-made to cover your entire row of teeth
Another significant benefit of Invisalign is the treatment’s lack of food restrictions. Patients remove their aligners when they eat, which means they can continue to enjoy their favorite foods without the risk of damaging their aligners. In addition, since plastic aligners are easily removable, you can brush and floss as you normally would.
Our orthodontists know that orthodontic treatments can sometimes be uncomfortable. Thankfully, Invisalign clear aligners offer both impressive durability and comfort.
Clear aligners straighten your teeth by applying gentle pressure and gradually moving them into position. Although it can take some time to get used to wearing the aligners, they are completely painless. Most patients even forget that they are wearing them!
Enjoy Your Favorite Activities with Invisalign Teen
Invisalign is a tooth straightening treatment that allows teens to enjoy their freedom while receiving a high-quality orthodontic treatment. You can continue to enjoy your favorite foods and stick to a normal oral hygiene routine throughout treatment.
We know that many teens participate in sports. Whether you play basketball, football, softball, or any other sport, you can continue living an active lifestyle while using Invisalign.
Invisalign clear aligners are safe to wear during athletic activities and even act as a protective mouthguard. However, you can also remove them when playing as long as you remember to put them back in afterward.
Invisalign for teens allows you to continue enjoying your favorite activities while effectively straightening your teeth and correcting the overall bite. With proper aligner and orthodontic care, you can achieve a straighter and brighter smile in no time!
What Are Spark Aligners for Teens?
Our orthodontic team may also discuss with you another set of clear aligners we offer. Spark Aligners are offered to our orthodontic patients as an alternative to Invisalign. Teens care about the visibility of appliances on their teeth and luckily this aligner set is known to be even clearer than Invisalign and was designed to be more comfortable than the popular aligner brand. Spark Aligners are fitted on a case-by-case basis, so this clear aligner set may be a better option for your teen.