Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that can fix several orthodontic problems. It is different from other treatments in that it uses clear, plastic aligners that fit over the teeth like a mouth guard rather than brackets, wires and elastic bands. The program is custom-made in advance by our trained technicians and a new aligner is used every two weeks. Gradually, the teeth are shifted into the right position. One of the main benefits is that the aligners are practically invisible. This makes them a great option for teenagers and adults who are concerned about their appearance. If you are interested in learning more information about Invisalign® for teens, please feel free to schedule a consultation at our office.
Invisalign® offers many advantages for teenagers over traditional braces, starting with cleanliness. It is very important to keep your teeth clean during the months or years you wear braces. Traditional braces are very difficult to clean and may take a lot of time to achieve the required hygiene. Without proper cleaning, the braces can weaken the tooth enamel and cause decay. Once these issues develop, they cannot be reversed.
With Invisalign®, this is not a problem because the aligners are removed for eating and cleaning. This means there are no food restrictions and the teeth can be brushed and flossed as usual. The aligner also needs to be cleaned before being replaced in the mouth.
Another advantage of Invisalign® for teens is the number of hours per day the aligners need to be worn. The treatment is most effective when the aligners are worn 20 to 22 hours every day. This means teenagers can take out the aligner for a special event, such a prom. Our orthodontist can track how many hours the aligner is worn.
During a consultation with our orthodontist, your teenager’s teeth, gums and jaw will be examined and the issues evaluated. If Invisalign® is a suitable treatment, you and your teenager can discuss the process, as well as the amount of time the treatment may take. When worn according to the instructions, Invisalign® is as effective as traditional braces for treating crooked and crowded teeth, overbite, under bite and gaps between teeth. The length of time the treatment will take to achieve the desired results will depend on the orthodontic issues of your teenager.
At Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics in Frankfort and Oak Lawn, we are proud to offer Invisalign® for teens in addition to traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces and more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.