Is Invisalign The Best Option For Your Teen?

 In Braces, invisalign, Orthodontics

Invisalign is on the rise with teens. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly 4.3 million patients 17 years old and younger were treated in North America in 2016, a 66 percent increase since 1989.

We know that high school days are when teens are the most self conscious. They want braces in the most low key way possible, so they are able to take a selfie, go to homecoming or prom without having braces in any of their pictures. 

While metal braces and Invisalign both work towards getting your teen’s teeth straight, there are some differences in the process it takes to get that result.

How Invisalign Works

The clear aligner gives teens the option to have their teeth aligned discreetly. Invisalign aligner trays use BPA-free plastic that gradually and subtly moves teeth. 

There isn’t a mold needed of your teen’s teeth, rather a 3-D image of the teeth are used to configure the aligner trays with the right fit. 

Are There Any Dietary Restrictions With Invisalign?

Not only is Invisalign hardly noticeable, but it also gives freedom back to your teen. 

With metal braces, your teen is restricted from eating foods like popcorn, chips, bagels, pizza, nuts, apples, carrots, and plenty more. 

Compared to regular metal braces, there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign. 

Commitment To Braces

As with metal braces, there is a commitment required with clear aligners. Your teen has to develop some discipline in order to prevent them from removing it since they have to wear them for at least 20-22 hours a day only taking them off for brushing, eating or drinking. 

Dedication to Oral Hygiene 

Both Invisalign and metal braces require a level of responsibility. 

With metal braces, forgetting to clean teeth could cause decay to develop under the brackets or between your teen’s teeth where flossing can be a bit more challenging. 

With Invisalign, your teen has the ability to properly floss and clean their teeth, however, your teen must be on top of cleaning after meals before putting the clear aligners back on. 

Allows Them To Do Activities They Love

With Invisalign, your teen is allowed to do the activities they love without restrictions. 

They have the ability to play soccer, football, or cross country without having to run the risk of getting a cut or injury. A clear aligner allows the flexibility of them being able to remove it and be able to wear a mouthguard. 

They even have the ability to remove the trays before music rehearsal or performances or even before a school photo or prom photo.  

Cost Difference 

You’d be pleasantly surprised at how comparable price-wise Invisalign is to regular braces. 

Just like metal braces, the price of Invisalign will depend on a variety of factors such as the extent of alignment and how many aligners will be needed throughout treatment. 

Just like regular braces, your insurance may cover the treatment, but it is best to consult your insurance see the extent of coverage. 

First Steps

Whether Invisalign is a good option for your teen will depend on the condition of their teeth. 

It is important to understand all braces options that are out there for your teen and work with an orthodontist on what treatment option is best for them based on your treatment goals and lifestyle preferences. 

Invisalign allows your teen to keep their smile bright and white with very minimal changes to their normal routine.

At Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental San Antonio are happy to answer any questions you and your teen may have regarding Invisalign treatment. It is best to consult an orthodontist to see what braces option may be best. Whichever treatment you choose we will make sure to get results towards a healthy, happy, and confident smile for your teen! Contact us today to schedule an appointment

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