InvisalignInvisalign is a special custom-made, clear aligner tray for the upper or lower teeth that can be changed every 2 to 10 weeks, depending on the severity of misalignment. Usually, treatment with Invisalign lasts between 6 to 18 months. The clear trays are similar to dental retainers that are designed to keep the teeth from moving after they’ve been aligned. Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible, which makes them well-suited to teens. The clear aligners are usually made from a computer-generated mold or an impression of the patient’s natural teeth. This computer-generated mold is taken by a dentist or an orthodontist and the fitting is uniquely designed for each individual teen patient. The Invisalign system is simple and it requires far less of parent’s time in terms of appointments than traditional braces. This teeth-straightening system is famous among adolescents for its effectiveness without the high maintenance required of traditional braces.

Teenagers love Invisalign! There are many benefits to using Invisalign for teeth straightening that are particularly relevant for teenagers. Though it isn’t always possible to use Invisalign for teeth straightening due to the extent of misalignment of the teeth or due to other orthodontic issues when it is possible to use Invisalign as a straightening system, our orthodontists at Silver Lake Orthodontics always recommend it! Teenagers who use the Invisalign treatment system tend to suffer from fewer social stigmas and they continue with their typical eating and oral hygiene habits. That means fewer disruptions in an adolescent’s life and most parents are happy about that! But below are some of the most important benefits that have made Invisalign so popular among teenagers:

Patients can continue eating their favorite foods.

At Silver Lake Orthodontics, we know how important it is for teens to be able to continue eating their favorite foods. Food is a social thing, so teens who can continue to eat what all of the other teenagers are eating don’t have worry about the social implications of having to restrict their diet as a result of having traditional braces. And of course, when teens are able to continue eating the foods they most enjoy, they’ll feel happier throughout the course of treatment. Invisalign requires few major changes in the adolescent’s life which means less stress for everyone in the family.

Oral hygiene doesn’t suffer as a result of Invisalign straightening systems.

Braces require a special oral hygiene routine that’s unfamiliar to most teenagers. As a result, when adolescents get traditional braces, their oral health may suffer. But Invisalign clear aligner trays can be removed from the mouth so teens can brush and floss their teeth as they always have. Over time, the enhanced oral hygiene from using Invisalign to straighten the teeth as opposed to traditional braces can translate into huge savings in terms of future dental issues.

Invisalign is less noticeable than traditional braces.

The Invisalign clear aligner trays are practically invisible. So teens can continue to smile and speak with confidence while their teeth are being straightened. Photos are a huge part of most teens lives so the fact that Invisalign trays are clear and nearly invisible is an important consideration. Teens who have senior pictures, homecoming, prom, selfies, or other events coming up are likely to really appreciate the fact that their Invisalign aligner trays won’t be visible in photographs.

Invisalign teeth straightening systems boost self-esteem.

Teenagers often suffer from self-esteem issues and braces can sometimes contribute to feelings of insecurity. One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign for teens is the fact that this teeth-straightening system makes subtle, positive changes in the teenager’s appearance. As a result, teenagers feel a boost in their self-esteem throughout the process of having their teeth straightened. A lot of our teenage patients at Silver Lake Orthodontics have told us that they don’t feel awkward smiling while wearing Invisalign braces and in fact, the knowledge that their teeth are getting straighter every day makes them feel more like smiling with confidence in social situations.

Patients require fewer appointments.

At Silver Lake Orthodontics, we know that parents and teens have busy lives. Fewer trips to the orthodontist can make a big difference in terms of the family stress level! So Mom and Dad tend to be pretty happy about Invisalign. Trips to the orthodontist average about one visit every 8 to 10 weeks. And appointments are usually quick. There are no adjustments necessary, but just new trays to try on. As a result, Invisalign frees up time in everyone’s schedule. So though teeth become straighter, the high-maintenance aspect of traditional braces can be avoided using Invisalign.

Athletes, stage performers, and marching band participants love Invisalign!

It doesn’t matter what extracurricular activities your teen participates in, Invisalign can help them perform better with more self-confidence. Athletes and musicians worry less about injuries to the mouth as a result of the wires and metal brackets of traditional braces. Invisalign allows speech and drama performers to speak up with confidence while discreetly continuing to straighten their teeth.