So you’ve just found out that you need braces. Although it can be an exciting milestone for some patients, we can guess that the last thing on your mind is how straight your teeth are going to look in two years when it’s time to get your braces removed.
Our colored braces are highly effective and many kids love them, but some teens would like to have a product that is less noticeable. After all, you’ve got a lot to focus on in the coming years: yearbook pictures, homecoming, and school dances (just to name a few).
That’s why we encourage you to ask our orthodontist at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists whether Invisalign Teen is right for you. It’s an alternative to colored braces that straightens your teeth without anyone knowing! If you’re worried that braces might get in the way of your smile, then a virtually invisible option might be what you need.
The Perks of Invisalign Teen
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that straightens teeth using custom plastic aligners. You’ll wear the clear aligners for two weeks at a time, giving your teeth enough time to gradually move into a healthier position.
The best part about Invisalign is that no one will know you’re straightening your teeth! The plastic trays are nearly invisible and won’t affect the appearance of your smile during treatment. The aligners are also custom fabricated just for you, which means that your teeth and gums will feel perfectly comfortable while you wear them.
Eat Whatever You Want!
If you have friends who wear braces, they might have told you that their options are limited when it comes to the foods they can eat, but with Invisalign Teen, that’s not the case! The plastic trays are removable. In fact, we recommend that you take them out every time you eat, which leaves you with endless food choices. Pizza, popcorn? No problem!
Things to Keep in Mind
One thing you’ll need to think about is oral hygiene, as well as the cleanliness of your Invisalign aligners. For your teeth to remain healthy and strong during Invisalign treatment, brushing and flossing two or three times a day is necessary. Additionally, the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable means that the retainers can be easily misplaced or forgotten.
To receive optimal results from Invisalign, it’s essential that you wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day and replace them every two weeks to keep up with your treatment plan, otherwise, straightening your teeth could take longer than expected.
You’re in Control of Your Life
Braces — whether they are metal, ceramic or plastic — can take some getting used to, and depending on the extracurricular activities you’re a part of. At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists we want you to feel as normal as possible while getting the care you need. That’s why we offer several treatment options when it comes to braces.
Invisalign Teen gives you the freedom to stay in control of your life. Whether you participate in team sports, are a member of your school’s band, or take part in the debate team, Invisalign will ensure that you can remain involved in the activities you love.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
To find out whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign Teen, we recommend that you come in for a consultation with an orthodontist. Invisalign is capable of correcting mild to severe orthodontic issues, ranging from slight tooth crowding to underbites and overbites; however, it’s essential that an orthodontist performs an examination and determines just how Invisalign can improve your smile.
Instead of being discouraged about how metal braces will make you look, choose an orthodontic solution that complements your appearance. If you would like more information about Invisalign Teen, or to find out whether it’s right for you, contact Charleston Orthodontic Specialists today at (843) 642-8100 and schedule an appointment for a free exam.