As parents, when we look at our teenagers and realize that they need some dental correction, we are interested in seeing if there’s anything that we can do to spare our children some of the frustration and embarrassment that we felt as we were wearing braces. Thankfully, there is, and it comes in the form of Invisalign® for teens.
Invisalign® is an awesome way to straighten the teeth without using metal brackets. Instead, Invisalign® for teens is made up of removable aligners that are transparent. Your teenager is able to wear the aligner for two weeks and then get a new set of aligners. Little by little, the teeth move back into the correct position, giving your teenager an attractive and healthy smile.
A question that parents often ask is whether or not Invisalign® aligners are just as effective as traditional braces. The answer is yes, as long as the issue that your child has is one that can be corrected by Invisalign®. Invisalign® for teens is extremely effective when it comes to dealing with some of the more common teeth straightening issues.
Our orthodontists may use Invisalign® if your child has teeth that are crowding or if they have gaps in their teeth. The best way to find out for sure if this product is right for your teenager is to talk to our orthodontists during a consultation.
Since the Invisalign® aligners are removable, your teenager will be able to eat whatever they want using their natural teeth. Brushing their teeth and flossing stays the same. Your child can continue to play musical instruments, they can play sports and they can do a whole list of things that they would not be able to do if they had metal braces.
When it comes to the treatment time, treating the teeth with Invisalign® takes just about the same amount of time that it would with traditional braces. Of course, the length of time your teenager will need to use Invisalign® is going to vary depending on the condition that they have.
To learn more about Invisalign® for teens, including all of the benefits, make an appointment at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics. Located in Oak Lawn, we want to help your entire family achieve healthy, beautiful smiles, whether it be through braces, Invisalign® or some other type of correction. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more!