Is Invisalign Teen Right for My Child?
Invisalign started as an orthodontic treatment for adults, but teenagers soon started asking for it as an alternative to traditional metal braces. If you don’t know what Invisalign is yet, basically it’s a treatment that consists of a series of clear plastic trays that fit directly over a patient’s teeth. The main advantage over traditional braces is that the trays are virtually invisible.
Teenagers, who by and large are already self-conscious about their appearance, typically don’t like the look of braces. In this age of selfies and social-network photo sharing, many teens are more image-aware than ever before. Invisalign allows them to get through these adolescent years without feeling as if they have to hide their smiles.
An Invisalign consists of a series of removable trays that are changed out about every two weeks. Our doctors recommend that patients do indeed take them out for activities like eating, playing sports, and cleaning the trays. But for Invisalign treatment to work properly, the trays should be worn no less than 22 hours a day.
You know your child. Is he or she the type who will wear the Invisalign trays consistently? If so, your child could be a good candidate for Invisalign Teen. If not, he or she might not be a good candidate for this type of treatment.
If you’re on the fence about how to answer this question, keep in mind that Invisalign Teen has compliance indicators (something the adult version doesn’t have). These indicators, located near the molars of each tray, start off as blue dots. As the wearing period progresses, the dots will fade to clear. It’s one way to see if your child is following treatment properly.
To ease parents’ concerns regarding the responsibility of keeping track of aligners, there are a number of replacement aligners available with Invisalign Teen. This offering, along with the compliance indicators, give parents reassurance that their teen kind find success with Invisalign.
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