If you’ve been thinking about getting orthodontic treatment for your teen, you’ve probably considered both braces and Invisalign and compared the two. But what you may not realize is Invisalign has a product designed specifically for teens, and it differs from adult Invisalign in a few important ways.
Free Replacement Aligner Trays
One of the biggest parent concerns about Invisalign is the teen needing to keep track of the aligner trays.
The makers of Invisalign understand this concern and help put your mind at ease by offering six replacement trays throughout your teen’s treatment at no cost to you. Whether your teen steps on it, loses it, leaves it on vacation, or accidently throws it away with their lunch trash at school, Invisalign will replace it for free.
Aligner Trays Nag Your Teen So You Don’t Have to
The second biggest concern parents have about Invisalign is investing the money in the treatment only to find the teen never wears the aligner trays unless they are constantly reminded to do it.
In addition to reminding your teen to wear their trays at least 22 hours a day, Invisalign also has put a little reminder in place. Each tray comes with a blue compliance indicator. This small blue dot on the back of the tray slowly fades as your teen wears the trays. Is the blue dot still really blue after a couple weeks? That means your teen isn’t keeping up their end of the bargain and their treatment will either be ineffective or delayed.
Invisalign Teen Accommodates Late Arrivals
Even though there are guidelines for when your baby teeth should fall out and your adult teeth should come in, everyone is different. So, your teen may not have all of their adult teeth by the time they start their orthodontic treatment. Invisalign Teen leaves room for incoming teeth, so your teen doesn’t have to delay treatment waiting for all of their adult teeth to come in.
Is Invisalign Teen Right for Your Teen?
Just like it does for adults, Invisalign will allow your teen to straighten their teeth without everyone knowing about it because the aligner trays are virtually invisible. This is one of the main reasons teens would rather have crooked teeth than wear braces.
If your teen plays a sport, Invisalign Teen may be a good choice because they won’t have a mouth full of brackets and wires to worry about if they get bumped in the mouth. Obviously, a mouthguard should be worn during contact sports, with or without braces. Playing an instrument with a mouthpiece that presses the lips against the teeth can also be more comfortable with Invisalign.
If your teen is wanting to straighten their teeth before a certain special event – a family member’s wedding, school pictures, prom – Invisalign offers shorter treatment lengths for some patients than traditional braces. As an added bonus, even if the treatment isn’t quite complete, no one will know your teen is being treated!
For as many reasons as there are for your teen to get Invisalign, there are just as many reasons for your teen to get braces, so it’s important to choose which treatment is right for them, and for you. For more information about the benefits of Invisalign Teen or traditional braces, call our office at (843) 4-BRACES to schedule a free consultation.